pre-trip wednesday

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Note: Below is a tentative list of possible activities.
The final schedule will likely change as the event draws nearer.
Activities may be added, deleted, or moved to a different day.


Pre-Trip Wednesday, August 28

6:30 am – 7:15 am Breakfast in the Breakfast Room adjacent to the hotel lobby (included for those staying in the hotel)

7:15 am Tour option groups WE1, WE2, and WE3 meet in the lobby to depart hotel promptly to walk to Delawanna NJ Transit Station to catch the 7:54 am train.

Daytime Activity Options:

We1 Statute of Liberty and Ellis Island

Visit the Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island on Statue Cruises from Liberty State Park, NJ. Your cruise ticket will include entry to the Pedestal and the newly opened Statue of Liberty Museum. Lunch is available on your own at the Statue of Liberty Café.

During the afternoon, we’ll spend a couple of hours touring the Museum of Immigration on Ellis Island that was the point of entry for 12 million immigrants between 1892 – 1954.

  • Cost $21-Advance Registration
  • Depart hotel at 7:15 am
  • Tour duration: 10:00 am – 5:00 pm
  • Lunch at Statue of Liberty or Ellis Island Café (Pay as You Go)
  • NJ Transit one-way tickets – included in the base price
  • Transportation Cost: Purchase MTA Single Use Metro Card + Card Fee $1.00 (Pay as You Go)
  • Click HERE for more info

We2 9/11 Memorial and Museum and One World Observatory

The National September 11 Memorial was dedicated to honoring those who were killed in the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks. The names of those who perished are engraved on two bronze panels flanking the Memorial pools. The pools are each nearly an acre in size and mark the footprints of the Twin Towers that once stood on that site.

The National September 11 Museum serves to educate the public on the implications of the attacks through multimedia displays, archives, narratives, and a collection of artifacts.

One World Trade Center is the Western Hemisphere’s tallest building soaring some 1,776 feet into the heavens. The observatory occupies the 100th, 101st and 102nd floors of One World Trade Center. One World Observatory offers views of New York City’s iconic sights, surrounding waters, and skyline.

After coming back down to Earth, walk to City Hall Park and then over the iconic Brooklyn Bridge while enjoying the panoramic views. After crossing over into Brooklyn, explore Brooklyn Bridge Park then stop for ice cream treat at Oddfellows.

  • Tour Cost $65 – Advance Registration
  • Depart hotel at 7:15 am
  • Tour duration of 9:00 am – 6:00 pm
  • 911 Memorial and Museum 9:00 am – 12:00 pm
  • Lunch on Your Own
  • One World Observatory 1:00 pm – 2:30 pm
  • Brooklyn Bridge and Brooklyn Bridge Park 2:30 pm – 5:00 pm
  • NJ Transit one-way tickets – included in the base price
  • Transportation Cost PATH $2.75 and MTA Single Use MetroCard $3.00 + Card Fee $1.00(Pay as You Go)
  • Click HERE for more info

We3 Jewish Lower East Side Walking Tour

First stop this morning will be dedicated to honoring those who were killed in the National September 11 Memorial dedicated to remembering the victims of the September 11, 2001, terrorist attacks. The names of those who died are engraved on two bronze panels flanking the Memorial pools. The pools are each nearly an acre in size and mark the footprints of the Twin Towers that once stood on that site.

The next stop will be the Museum of Jewish Heritage where we will explore modern Jewish history, life, and culture where you can learn about Jewish life in the 20th and 21st centuries before, during and after the Holocaust. The museum tells the story of the Holocaust through first-person histories and personal objects. A special exhibition on the Auschwitz death camp will be on exhibit.

We’ll board the No. 4 or 5 subway at Bowling Green and head uptown to Chinatown for lunch. Lunch is at Chinatown’s Buddha Bodai Kosher Vegetarian Restaurant (not included in base price). Try the dim sum, spring rolls, and tasty noodle dishes.

After lunch we will stop by the restored historic Eldridge Street Synagogue, a 19th-century landmark with stunning architecture that initially opened its doors to a wave of Eastern European Jewish immigrants, recently reopened as a vibrant arts and education center for all ages and backgrounds, with exhibitions and tours of the restored synagogue.

Take a guided tour of the synagogue, followed by a guided walking tour of the Lower East Side. The Lower East Side was once home to the largest Jewish population in the world as Jewish immigrants from Eastern Europe streamed in to settle in the crowded tenements that lined the street. With your knowledgeable guide, you will stroll the neighborhood streets visiting old synagogues, Yiddish newspaper buildings, socialist hot spots, and the best pickle shop in New York.

Our final food stop will be at Yonah Schimmel’s on Houston Street is known for its scrumptious knishes. How about a kugel, a latke or a classic New York egg cream?

We’ll walk over to Washington Square Park and see New York’s version of the Arc de Triumph. Then we’ll board the subway at W. 4th Street and head up to 42nd Street and walk over to our evening activity, the Circle Line Cruise at Pier 83.

  • Tour Cost: $42 – Advance Registration
  • Depart hotel 7:15 am
  • Tour Duration: 9:00 am – 5:00 pm
  • Museum of Jewish Heritage
  • Lunch at Buddha Bodai One Restaurant 5 Mott Street (Pay As You Go)
  • Museum at Eldridge Street Combo Museum Admission & Lower East Side Walking Tour 12 Eldridge Street
  • NJ Transit one-way tickets – included in the base price
  • Transportation Cost: PATH Single Ride Ticket $2.75 and MTA MetroCard $5.50 (2 rides) + Card Fee $1.00 (Pay as You Go)
  • Note: There will be a lot of walking on this tour, some of it along very crowded, narrow streets in possibly hot, humid conditions. If you do not like crowds, do not sign up for this tour.
  • Click HERE for more info

We4 A Day in Central Park

Central Park, often described as New York City’s backyard, is an 843-acre lush green oasis nestled in the heart of the big city. Central Park was designed by architects Frederick Law Olmstead and Calvert Vaux. Central Park is the most filmed and photographed park in the world.

Big Onion offers a guided walking tour of Central Park. We explore the wooded and landscaped grounds with gardens, lakes, ice skating rinks, a 1908 handcrafted carousel, and a zoo. Some of Central Park’s highlights we may visit are the Wollman Rink, the Literary Walk, Bethesda Fountain, the Dairy, Loeb Boathouse, The Ramble, Belvedere Castle, Strawberry Fields, and The Great Lawn.

Stop for lunch at the Boathouse Express Café located in the heart of Central Park by The Lake. Enjoy a light selection of healthy sandwiches and salads.

Rent a rowboat at Loeb Boathouse. Central Park Lake is the second largest body of water in Central Park at 22 acres. You'll be able to get a closer view of waterfowl that are hard to see from the shore, including the park's famous egrets, herons, and loons. Rowboats are available for rent at only $15 an hour and take up to four people.

The last stop in Central Park is the Central Park Zoo. The Central Park Zoo is home to a variety of creatures from many ecosystems spanning the globe. Penguins, harbor seals and sea birds from the Polar Circle, Asian snow monkeys and red pandas from the Temperate Zone and the black and white ruffed lemur and emerald tree boa from the temperate zone.

  • Tour Cost $30 (Advance Registration)
  • Depart hotel 8:45 am
  • Tour Duration: 11:00 am – 1:00 pm
  • Meet at Central Park West (8th Avenue) – on the east side of the street between 66th and 67th Street by Tavern on the Green. Look for Big Onion sign.
  • Lunch at Express Boat Café (pay as you go)
  • Rowboat rentals available at $15 per hour up to 4 people (Pay as You Go)
  • Central Park Zoo admission $13.95
  • Transportation Cost:
    • NJ Transit Bus $12.00 Clifton, NJ to NYC Port Authority Bus Terminal (Pay as You Go_
    • MTA MetroCard $5.50 (2 rides) + Card Fee $1.00 (Pay as You Go)
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We5 Central Park Guided Bike Tour

Explore Central Park on a guided two-hour bike tour. Get to know the best of Central Park with our guided bicycle tour. Learn the history of the beautiful 843-acre park that is central to the island of Manhattan and one of America’s first and major landscaped public areas. Amidst all the hustle and bustle of New York City, Central Park offers an intimate woodland of dense plants, streams, and rock work.

This bicycle tour includes Columbus Circle, Central Park Mall, Bethesda Fountain, Belvedere Castle, Strawberry Fields, and other great sights.

  • Tour Cost: $30 (Advance Registration)
  • Central Park Bike Rental 203 W. 58th St between 6th and 7th Ave includes a helmet,
  • Depart hotel 8:15 am
  • Tour Duration: 10:00 am – 12:00 pm
  • Transportation Cost:
  • NJ Transit Bus $12.00 Clifton, NJ to NYC Port Authority Bus Terminal
  • MTA MetroCard $5.50 (2 rides) + Card Fee $1.00
  • Lunch at Food Court in Time Warner Building @ Columbus Circle followed by gelato at Groom 1796 Broadway @ 58th St
  • Click HERE for more info

We6 Spy Scape Museum

SpyScape is an immersive experience into the world of espionage. Unleash your inner spy! Dodge lasers! Crack codes! Lie and spot liars! SpyScape combines world-class spy gadgets and stories, fun immersive experiences of authentic spy challenges, and a deep dive into your own unique mix of attributes, psychology, and spy skills. Learn about encryption, practice deception, hacking, and how to surveil. SpyScape is the newest, hippest museum to hit the town.

Wednesday Evening

We 7 Circle Line Harbor Lights Cruise

6:00 pm – 6:15 pm Circle Line Harbor Cruise All groups will meet at in front of the Circle Line Cruise Ticket Office at Pier 83 @43rd Street and 12th Avenue to regroup and begin boarding. Pier 83 is the location of the dock for the Circle Line Harbor Cruise.

7:00 pm – 9:00 pm The Circle Line Harbor Cruise. As twilight descends over New York City, take in the lights of the Manhattan skyline from a boat on this evening harbor cruise Bask in NYC's most famous landmarks and the Statue of Liberty at night. A sunset cruise with the city lights glistening like diamonds on the dark water. The Circle Line Harbor Lights Cruise is a narrated two-hour cruise along the Hudson and East River as we watch the sunset and the big city lights up! Food is available for purchase on board, which includes sandwiches, salads, hot dogs, chips, and beverages.

WE 8 Self-Guided Walking Tour of Times Square

9:00 pm -10:30 pm Times Square is known as “the Crossroads of the World.” Home to Broadway theaters. Television studios, financial institutions, museums, and shops We’ll take a self-guided tour of the Great White Way and the razzle-dazzle of Times Square at night!

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9:00 pm – 2:00 am Travel back to the hotel at your discretion. The Port Authority Bus Terminal is just south of Times Square and involves no transfer. The bus stops for Clifton Commons is literally 1,000 feet (0.2 miles) west of the La Quinta Inn.

NJ Transit Bus $6.00 - Three buses depart from Port Authority @ 8th & 9th Ave and 40 & 41st St to Clifton Commons Route 3 Entrance.

Buses Depart Port Authority at Gate 308 $6.00 Fare Pay as You Go

  • Bus 191 Departs Port Authority @ 9:40 pm Arrives Rt 3 @ Entrance to Clifton Commons @ 10:04 pm
  • Bus 199 Departs Port Authority @ 10:01 pm Arrives Rt 3 @ Entrance to Clifton Commons 10:31 pm
  • Bus 195 Departs Port Authority @ 10:20 pm Arrives Rt 3 @ Entrance to Clifton Commons @ 10:44 pm
  • Bus 191 Departs Port Authority @ 11:40 pm Arrives Rt 3 @ Entrance to Clifton Commons @12:04 pm

 

WALKING DIRECTIONS FROM THE BUS STOP TO THE HOTEL

The Clifton Commons Bus Stop is less than a 5-minute walk from the La Quinta Inn & Suites. When you exit the bus walk east on wide grass shoulder of Route 3 with the traffic behind you walking in the direction of traffic. You will pass a BP Gas Station before coming to the La Quinta Inn

NJ Transit Train $5.50 Penn Station Between 7th Ave and 8th Ave 31st-33rd Street $5.50 Pay as You Go

  • Depart Penn Station 9:51 pm Transfer at Secaucus Dep Secaucus 10:08 pm Arrive Delawanna 10:20 am
  • Depart Penn Stat 10:41 pm Transfer at Secaucus Dep. Secaucus @ 11:05 pm Arrive Delawanna 11:17 pm
  • Depart Penn Station 12:02 am Transfer at Secaucus Dep Secaucus 12:18 am Arrive Delawanna 12:30 am
  • Depart Penn Station 1:22 am Transfer at Secaucus Dep Secaucus 1:42 am Arrive Delawanna 1:53 am

 

WALKING DIRECTIONS FROM TRAIN STATION BACK TO HOTEL

Descend platform. Turn left and go west, Go under the train trestle. Make first left on Oak Street and walk a half mile to the La Quinta Inn, just before reaching the La Quinta Inn you will cross under Route 3 and then take first right into La Quinta Inn parking lot.

Contact

Pre-Trip Co-Chairs Lanny Wexler and Mindy Greenberg at Pre-Trip@MosaicOutdoor.org

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