5 Cool Things to do in NYC for FREE

By Austin Yang As you probably know by now, New York City isn’t cheap! Whether it is buying a ticket to a Broadway show or paying money to take a picture with a Disney character, these expenses can sure add up. But you can still have fun and try out cool new things for the price of…… ZERO dollars! Yes, you read it correctly. There are events, art galleries, parks, and more! Here are the Top 5 FREE fun things to do in NYC: 1) Central Park With spring coming, why not take advantage of the beautiful weather and experience Manhattan’s illustrious urban park. At this time of the year, Central Park has many free events and gorgeous scenic views from all corners. There are also many statues that are fixtures there along with the rest of the landscape. I highly recommend this place to those of you who enjoy spending time outdoors and basking in the warm sunlight. 2) Chelsea Galleries The Chelsea district offers fine art galleries that are open to the public year round. Some of the more recognized galleries include Petzel Gallery (456 W. 18th st), Hauser & Wirth (511 W. 18th st), David Zwirner (519, 525 and 533 W. 19th st), and Barbara Gladstone (515 W. 24th st) Be sure to check it out if you’re a fan of contemporary art or just have a taste for fine art! Afterwards, you can practice discussing art at your English private lessons in New York! 3) Governor’s Island (Opens to the public in May 2014) Did you know the ferry to Gov. Island is free? Every summer you have access to the ferry via route of either Brooklyn or Manhattan, whichever port happens to be closest to you. The island was actually a military outpost at one … Read more

EC New York Social Program: Basketball game in Brooklyn

There is a new basketball team in New York!…The Brooklyn Nets. The Nets recently moved over from the Hudson River to Brooklyn with the help of rapper Jay-Z. The Brooklyn Nets are one of the most talented NBA teams with stars like Deron Williams and Joe Johnson along with newcomers to the team Kevin Garnett, Paul Pierce and Jason Collins. Even if you are not a basketball fan, visiting the Barclays Center where the Nets play is a once in a lifetime opportunity. The arena is the newest and most modern of the 32 arenas in the NBA.  Once there, one cannot help but notice the parquet floors (this means they have cool geometric patterns.) The next game will be on Friday, March 21st against their division rivals the Boston Celtics. Tickets are $45 cash only and the deadline to sign up is Wednesday March 19th, so after classes or your one to one English lessons in New York be sure to go the front desk and sign up with Saran. Who knows? You might see Jay-Z sitting courtside enjoying the game with Beyoncé. By Saran Wilson

Free Pronunciation Classes!

Having trouble with one of the trickiest elements of studying English ? Even if you’re doing incredibly well in all your other skills, improving your pronunciation can feel nearly impossible.  Some sounds literally feel impossible for your mouth to produce. We hold free Pronunciation Classes every month where you will get personalized attention and work on specific problem areas of English language pronunciation. So see you then! Note: These free classes are only for students who are currently enrolled in an English course at EC New York.  

Earth Day is Coming Up!

On April 22, 1970, in response to widespread environmental degradation, Gaylord Nelson, a United States Senator from Wisconsin, called for an environmental teach-in, or Earth Day. Over 20 million people participated that year, and Earth Day is now observed each year on April 22 by more than 500 million people and national governments in 175 countries. Enjoy these wonderful events in New York City to celebrate Earth Day 2012! Earth Day Grand Central Indoors April 19-21, 2012 An exhibit area in Vanderbilt Hall featuring technological innovations, a photography exhibit illustrating the effects of hydraulic fracturing or “fracking”, previews of environmentally themed films and events focused on youth. This indoor event brings together environmentalists, youth, green companies, and artists to celebrate Earth Day in New York City. EarthFair is free and open to the public with fun, interactive exhibits that help educate and inspire New Yorkers on how to be conscious consumers and more active citizens. Location : Vanderbilt Hall, Grand Central Terminal Earth Day in Times Square Friday, April 20 2012, 11am-5pm Green Car show, speakers, and an interactive exhibit area. A public celebration in Times Square featuring speakers and an interactive exhibit area highlighting green businesses, non-profits, and our sponsors. One exciting feature will be the CO2 E drive, a “runway show” with all kinds of green vehicles. Location: Times Square EarthFair Outdoors April 20-21, 2012 A two-day festival of art, music, and the environment featuring a large exhibit area highlighting environmental groups, green businesses and kid’s activities that will include educational interactive displays. Location: Grand Central – Vanderbilt Avenue, between 42nd and 45th Streets Earth Day Crafts Thursday, April 19, 2012, 2-4pm (rain or shine) Craft the colors of spring into a larger-than-life paper flower. FREE. No advance registration. Families only; no groups, please. All ages welcome. For … Read more

April Activities Calendar

This weekend, Nathan, is taking students to the Brooklyn Museum for the Keith Haring Expo and dance party! Keith Haring: 1978–1982 is the first large-scale exhibition to explore the early career of one of the best-known American artists of the twentieth century. Tracing the development of Haring’s extraordinary visual vocabulary, the exhibition includes 155 works on paper, numerous experimental videos, and over 150 archival objects, including rarely seen sketchbooks, journals, exhibition flyers, posters, subway drawings, and documentary photographs. The exhibition chronicles the period in Haring’s career from his arrival in New York City through the years when he started his studio practice and began making public and political art on the city streets. Immersing himself in New York’s downtown culture, he quickly became a fixture on the artistic scene, befriending other artists such as Jean-Michel Basquiat and Kenny Scharf, as well as many of the most innovative cultural figures of the period. The critical role that these relationships played in Haring’s development as a public artist and facilitator of group exhibitions and performances is also explored. Pieces on view include a number of very early works never before seen in public; seven video pieces, including Painting Myself into a Corner (his first video piece) and Tribute to Gloria Vanderbilt; and collages created from cut-up fragments of his own writing, history textbooks, and newspapers. Keith Haring: 1978–1982 is curated by Raphaela Platow. The exhibition is co-organized by the Contemporary Arts Center, Cincinnati, and the Kunsthalle Wien. The Brooklyn presentation is organized by Tricia Laughlin Bloom, Project Curator, and Patrick Amsellem, former Associate Curator of Photography, Brooklyn Museum.

Easter In NYC

On Easter Sunday, April 8, you have the opportunity to see Easter bonnets to the New York City extreme as “paraders” wander along Fifth Avenue from 49th to 57th Streets. The area around St. Patrick’s Cathedral is the ideal place to see the parade. The Easter Parade and Easter Bonnet Festival runs from 10 a.m. until 4 p.m. What You Should Know About the Easter Parade and Easter Bonnet Festival- Unlike most New York City Parades, the Easter Parade is a far less organized event. From 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. the area along Fifth Avenue from 49th to 57th Streets is closed to vehicular traffic, and folks wander the street admiring various Easter Bonnets and Easter outfits. Visitors in town during Easter will enjoy stopping by the area for a bit during the festivities, but seeing the various Easter bonnets and costumed pets is probably only worth a short visit. This parade doesn’t have any floats or marching bands but it is a spectacle nonetheless. From around the world people come to New York City to participate. Outfits range from elegant to outrageous. From outfits accented with live animals to civil war period costumes and the latest high fashions, there is a little bit of everything for the parade viewer.