Monthly activity programs
We offer activities and excursions to places of interest throughout New York City. Activities are optional and students are welcome to sign up at school. These activities may include museums, exhibitions, sport events, concerts, festivals, movie nights, fashion shows, tour of iconic locations or famous buildings... Below are our latest activity programs
Weekly activities suggestions
We also compile weekly lists of things to do in the city: temporary or one-off events, what not to miss, what to do that's free etc... These recommendations help our students make the most of their stay in NY and often allow them to discover places or attend events they would not have heard of otherwise. Below is a selection of some of these weekly to-do lists compiled for BSL students throughout the year
Activities & Excursions in Brooklyn-New York
There is so much to do and see in this great city that it would be impossible for us to list everything here. So here is just a taster...
What to see
There are many great museums in the city, but we especially want to mention the following; The New York Metropolitan, The MOMA, The Frick, The Whitney, The Brooklyn Museum, The Tenement Museum.
What to do that's FREE
There are lots of things you can do in the city without spending a dollar. Here are a few examples; Walk the Brooklyn Bridge for great views of the city, ride the Staten Island ferry for great views of the Statue of Liberty, spend a lazy afternoon in Sheep's Meadow in Central Park, walk the famous route of the elevated subway on the High Line, see Wall Street, and of course soak up the lights of Times Square.
What to do that's not free
Find out how the first immigrants arrived by visiting Ellis Island (combined with Statue of Liberty), get the best view of the city from the top of the famous Empire State or the Top of the Rock at the Rockefeller center, go to a Broadway show, or visit the 911 Memorial.
Where to shop
You cannot visit New York without visiting the shops. No trip would be complete without a walk past the famous stores that line 5th Avenue. But also try trendy Soho, the West Village for drifting through the boutiques, the Lower East Side or Williamsburg for something more alternative, and the flea markets of Brooklyn for great bargains. If you want to spend the afternoon at a good independent bookstore, check out the Greenlight Bookstore in the heart of Fort Greene www.greenlightbookstore.com
Where to run, cycle, or spend a lazy Summer afternoon
Central Park in Manhattan is justifiably famous as a park for runners, riders, walkers and those just wishing to while away some time. Prospect Park in the heart of Brooklyn and just a few subway stops from the school is equally if not more fulfilling. Designed by the same people who designed Central Park, it also houses a small zoo. And just steps from the school, the Brooklyn promenade has long been famous as a place to come, sit and watch the world go by.
Where to eat
Not sure where to start here. There are so many options! But here are just a few favorites. Bark in Park Slope for a quick burger & fries, Flatbush Farm in Prospect Heights for its great outdoor garden, Zito's in Park Slope for their famous sandwiches, The Meatball Shop in Williamsburg for good value wholesome fare in a great atmosphere, Frannies in Flatbush for great pizza, and the world famous Grimaldi's in Dumbo.
Where to drink
There are some great bars and pubs close to our school including the Henry Street Ale House. Further afield try the Gate in Park Slope in the summers, the Mission Dolores on 4th avenue which has a wide range of beers to choose from, No 7 in Fort Greene and the Bedford in Williamsburg.
Where to have great coffee
In Brooklyn Heights, try Tazza on Henry Street (www.tazzabklyn.com) or Le Pain Quotidien on Montague Street. In Cobble Hill, try Bien Cuit on Smith Street (www.biencuit.com) In Park Slope, check out Giraffe, Café Regular and Konditori, a very good Swedish coffee house.