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Students Enjoy A Bite of the Big Apple

“A truly inspiring, demanding, happy and simply fantastic week” was enjoyed by students from the School of Art and Design at West Suffolk College when they visited New York.


More than 50 of them left the College in Bury St Edmunds at 2 am on a Monday morning and travelled via Heathrow to the iconic Hotel Pennsylvania in the Big Apple then viewed the city from the 86th floor of the Empire State Building.


During the trip the group took in every landmark they could from the Statue of Liberty, Wall Street, 911 memorial, Freedom Tower, Central Park and Trump Tower.


They also enjoyed a closed door tour of the artist Peter Tunney’s gallery and his studio and a trip to the MOMA gallery to view various masterpieces of art as well as photographic shoots and some of the graffiti around the city.


There was time for gallery visits and shopping as well as ice skating at the Rockafeller Centre, a trip to China Town, Strawberry Fields, Coney Island, the Queensborough Bridge cable car for views of Manhattan skyline at night, a walk across Brooklyn Bridge and eating at America’s first pizzeria, Nathan’s Famous Hot Dog Restaurant and Junior’s Cheesecake.


The director of Art and Design, Derek Johnson, said the days were “packed and fast moving, early morning starts and walking many miles each day covering the breadth of Manhattan through to the far south of Brooklyn.”


The students were delighted with their trip. Daisy Carr from Higham dubbed it “character building”, Katie Sorrell from Sudbury said: “It was a fantastic trip, we saw so much and had a great time”, Elisabeth Hoblyn from Bury described it as “Like constantly being on a film set” and Bella Elsworth summed it up with “It was very impressive and an exciting experience”.


Derek described it as “A truly inspiring, demanding, happy and simply fantastic week” and said the College would be returning next year with 77 members of The School of Art and Design.