Day two of the upper school trip to New York was hot, packed full of experiences.
Thomas Edison National Historic Park
We started with a wonderful tour of the Thomas Edison National Historic Park in Orange, NJ. Seeing firsthand how Edison worked was inspirational. Learning about the rise and fall of Edison's phonograph technology was a valuable lesson in economics, technology and marketing.
Our tour guide, Carrie, provided a lot of great context as we toured the city. We learned many silly and practical things:
- the economics of taxi cab medallions, the difference between yellow and green cabs and the economic impact of Uber.
- that not just anyone can perform music on the street.
- how dog owners tend to look like their pets.
- how to spot a movie shoot in New York City.
- how to park cars in tight spaces by stacking them four high.
- the "proper" way to jaywalk and the importance of staying together.
- how to enter a turnstile and not get hurt.
- that you need to pay for your food at the deli BEFORE you eat it.
- that some people make a living letting you hold their pet snakes and taking a picture of it and that it's probably NOT the best career choice.
As we walked we stopped periodically to perfect our count-off system to make sure we didn't loose anyone.
We had a nice walk through Central Park, providing a bit of shade from the heat. We watched someone try to row a boat backwards, listened to a family "busking" under the bridge and watched Mrs. McKee handle a python around her neck. Just a normal day in NYC.
Fiddler On the Roof
The second day finished with a classic Broadway show, Fiddler On the Roof. The production was spare and thoroughly engaging.