The BSL activity program
We offer activities and excursions to places of interest throughout New York City. The BSL Activity program is optional and students are welcome to sign up at school. The BSL Activity program includes museums, sport events, concerts, festivals, movie nights, tour of iconic locations or famous buildings. We also offer a great range of FREE walking tours every month; Our Brooklyn Heights–Dumbo-Brooklyn Bridge tour, our Manhattan movie tour, a tour of Central Park, the High Line, a Bright Lights of the Big City tour of some of Manhattan’s most famous buildings and our Bushwick graffiti tour. Below are our latest activity programs..
FREE walking tours and SECRET museum visits
We have an amazing selection of FREE walking tours around the city that run throughout the year.
- Our Brooklyn Heights-Dumbo-Brooklyn Bridge Walking Tour gives students the opportunity to explore two very popular neighborhoods close to the school, and walk across the iconic Brooklyn Bridge. The tour takes 1 hour and 45 minutes and ends in Manhattan.
- Our Manhattan Movie Walking Tour takes students on a leisurely stroll to show some of the locations where famous movies and TV shows took place in New York, while giving students the chance to see three of New York’s most well known neighborhoods (SoHo, Greenwich Village, and the West Village). The tour takes 1 hour and 30 minutes.
- The Bright Lights of the Big City Tour takes students on a walk through Midtown Manhattan to see some of the city’s most iconic buildings including the Flatiron Building, Empire State Building, NY Public Library, Chrysler Building, Grand Central Terminal, and Rockefeller Center. For anyone interested in architecture, this tour is a must! The tour takes 1 hour and 45 minutes.
- One of our most popular walking tours is our Bushwick Graffiti Tour, which wanders leisurely through this very popular Brooklyn neighborhood. This tour is a great opportunity for students to see some great graffiti art, explore the neighborhood, and take some great photos! The tour takes 1 hour and 45 minutes.
- Our Central Park Tour explores the southern end of New York’s most famous park and includes Strawberry Fields, the Bow Bridge, the Bethesda Fountain, the pond, the beautiful Gapstow Bridge, and includes a great cityscape view. The tour takes 1 hour and 30 minutes.
- Our visit to the High Line takes students down one of New York’s newest and most popular attractions on Manhattan’s west side. The High Line is a great urban park, and the tour ends in the Meatpacking District. The tour takes 1 hour and 30 minutes.
- Our Lower Manhattan Tour takes students through Lower Manhattan to visit some of the areas most iconic buildings, streets, and districts. The tour is great opportunity for students to see Wall Street, Trinity Church, the historic South Street Seaport area.
There are so many great museums in New York that are less well-known but just as good! Here at BSL we have put together a selection of some of these to visit with our students.
- The New Museum is a great modern art museum, located in Manhattan’s Lower East Side. Don’t miss the views from the top floor terrace!
- Up on Manhattan’s Upper East Side, and in the shadow of a number of more famous museums, sits one of the city’s great art museums, the Frick Collection. Housed in what was once a private home, this is definitely worth a visit.
- The Morgan Library in Midtown is a must-see museum and cultural space. It’s worth the visit just to see the richly decorated interior.
- The Met Cloisters, located close to the top of Manhattan next to the Hudson River, is part of the world famous Metropolitan Museum of Art and includes a number of beautiful courtyards to sit and people watch!
- The Brooklyn Museum, located next to Prospect Park and the Botanical Garden, is a place just worth going to see because of the building, but also shows a variety of exhibits throughout the year.
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, Cloisters, The MOMA, The Frick, The Whitney, The Brooklyn Museum, The Tenement Museum, The New Museum, the Noguchi Museum, the Guggenheim Museum, the American Museum of Natural History, the Morgan Library & Museum, The Museum of Moving Image, and the New York Historical Society.
What to do that’s 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, the Top of the Rock at the Rockefeller center or the new No.1 World Trade Center (46 second elevator to the top!), go to a Broadway show, or visit the 911 Memorial. Ride a carousel at Brooklyn Bridge Park, see a movie at Nitehawk Cinema or a theater production at the Public Theater. Go to see a gospel in Harlem.
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. Head to Five-story on the Upper East Side, Cloak & Dagger in the East Village, Canal Street Market, Assembly New York in the Lower East Side, Beacon’s Closet in Williamsburg, or if you want to spend the afternoon at a good independent bookstore, check out the Greenlight Bookstore in the heart of Fort Greene, or The Strand bookstore close to Union square.
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. Also check out any of the public pools, including Astoria Park Pool with its stunning view of the Robert F. Kennedy and Hell Gate bridges.
Where to eat
Here are some of our favorites…Kang Ho Dong Baekjeong in Korea town, Bunker and Maison Premiere in Williamsburg, L&B Spumoni Gardens in Coney Island, La Vara in Cobble Hill, Al di La and James in Park Slope, Olmsted in Prospect Heights, Prime Meats, Frankies and Buttermilk Channel in Carroll Gardens, Roberta’s Pizza in Bushwick, East Dumpling and Spicy Village in Chinatown, Dumpling Galazy and Xi’an Famous Foods in Flushing, Dera and Himalayan Yak in Jackson Heights, The Good Fork in Red Hook. For a great burger, try Bareburger, at multiple locations all over the city.
Where to drink
There are so many to choose from, but here’s a brief selection from around the neighborhoods…
Bed Stuy – Tree House, Dynaco and Barron’s
Boerum Hill – Brooklyn Ale House
Brooklyn Heights – Floyd’s and Henry Public
Bushwick – XIV, Old Stanley’s, and Pearls
Cobble Hill – June
Crown Heights – Super Power
Fort Greene – Black Forest or Brooklyn Public House
Greenpoint – Goldies
Park Slope – 4th Ave pub, Mission Dolores and The Gate
Red Hook – Sunny’s
Williamsburg – Union Pool, Pete’s Candy Store, Fresh Kills Bar and Black Flamingo.
Where to have great coffee
Hungry Ghost on Flatbush, Gorilla, Market Table and Cafe Regular in Park Slope, Smith Canteen in Cobble Hill, Bluebottle and Devocion in Williamsburg, The Greene Grape Annex in Fort Greene.