New York

New York SkylineWithout wishing to sound melodramatic, I write this on the brink of death through sheer exhaustion. We were in New York itself for about 72 hours in total, during which time we crammed in an unbelievable amount of media-related excursions and sight-seeing. Within an hour of arriving, we were waving giant foam fingers whilst watching the Knicks lose at basketball to Dallas in Madison Square Garden, despite the presence of Chris Rock and Justin Bieber to cheer them on, though the latter was booed by the 30,000 strong crowd. As the sensible headed for sleep, some brave souls ascended the Empire State Building for amazing night-time views of the Manhattan cityscape.

The next morning we were up and out early for a 3 hour coach tour of film locations around the city, including the „Friends? apartment building. This was followed by a 4 hour film-making workshop with the New York Film Academy with industry professionals who casually mentioned later that you could not watch MTV for more than an hour without watching some of their work. In the evening, the group split in 3; some went to watch a Broadway show, others took the opportunity to celebrate the Chinese New Year in Chinatown, whilst the rest watched the Rangers take on New Jersey, in a ferocious ice hockey showdown at MSG, which ended with New York hitting the post with the last shot of the game to lose 3-2.

On Friday morning, we went on a boat tour which took in the Statue of Liberty, followed by a trip into Queens to the Museum of Moving Image, followed by more sightseeing, with some students returning to MSG for a third night to watch Linkin Park and Pendulum.

On the final morning, some students visited the Ground Zero Memorial whilst others valiantly attempted to buy every item of clothing from Abercrombie and Fitch. I was pleased to see some of the party resist the shopping delights of Fifth Avenue to take in the Museum of Modern Art.

As ever, our students were a pleasure to be with and a credit to the College, seizing every opportunity to explore the city and its many delights. I was delighted that by the end of the trip, most students? response to the question of their favourite part of the trip was the same: “Just being there.”

Mr B Zaidi