To sum it up in one word, the trip was awesome!
On the first day I landed in NYC 9 hours before the rest of my classmates which gave me a lot of time to go site seeing on my own. I went to Battery Park which had a number of monuments and memorials, then Wall Street, Pier 17, 55 Water Street - The Elevated Acre, and Union Square. Topped the day off with a free bbq at the hostel we stayed at in Brooklyn, NY.
The next day we went site seeing as a class to the former Brooklyn Navy Yards, Paley Park, and Central Park (which, by the way is entirely man made and originally was a swamp!) The third day we met with associates from Michael Van Valkenburgh & Associates,Terrain NYC, and an engineer who worked on the East River Esplanade to get an idea of what working in a design firm in NYC was like. Some awesome teams doing some really great work!
Sunday was a day on our own which we spent doing some shopping and visited the 9/11 memorial site. We all agreed we liked the design very much but were utterly disappointed in the way in which some of the visitors treated it as more of a tourist attraction than a memorial.
It was a busy schedule, but i'm glad we went every where we did! Now back to school work...
Till next week,
Accelerated Bachelor of Environmental Design - May 2011
Master of Landscape Architecture - Expected May 2013