Updated On: April 23, 2020

New York City

Art & Design

Architecture

Children & Teenagers
Watch: To understand how groundbreaking of an accomplishment the Statue of Liberty was in the 1870s, you can watch this 10 minute video about it.

Engineering & Technology

Children & Teenagers
Watch: To learn a bit of history behind New York City’s most iconic bridge, here is a 3 minute History Channel video on the Brooklyn Bridge.

Language & Thinking

Reading

Children & Teenagers
Read: Read New York, New York: The Big Apple From A to Z. Synopsis: “This city has something to offer everyone, from A to Z. Come visit the American Museum of Natural History and see prehistoric animals, get a bird’s-eye view of the Brooklyn Bridge, and check out Central Park…”

Children & Teenagers
Read: Read Non-Stop Metropolis: A New York City Atlas. Synopsis: This book “conveys innumerable unbound experiences of New York City through twenty-six imaginative maps and informative essays. Bringing together the insights of dozens of experts—from linguists to music historians, ethnographers, urbanists, and environmental journalists—amplified by cartographers, artists, and photographers, it explores all five boroughs of New York City and parts of nearby New Jersey. We are invited to travel through Manhattan’s playgrounds, from polyglot Queens to many-faceted Brooklyn, and from the resilient Bronx to the mystical kung fu hip-hop mecca of Staten Island.”

Life & Home Skills

Children & Teenagers
Plan: Plan a trip to New York City. Here is the NYC TripAdvisor page. Give your learner budget, time, and geographic constraints as well as preferences of types of activities and food and overall objectives for your trip.

Science

Biology & Human Body

Children & Teenagers
Watch: To learn about the ubiquity and seemingly-limitless diversity of microbes covering nearly all physical surfaces, watch this short video about the findings from extensive studies of the microbiomes found in over 400 New York City subway stations and their surrounding neighborhoods. Don’t worry, you won’t have a panic attack. Microbiomes are rarely harmful.

Social Sciences

History

Children & Teenagers
Read: Read the Historical Atlas of New York City. Synopsis: The book “takes us, neighborhood by neighborhood, through four hundred years of Gotham’s rich past, from the city’s initial settlement of 270 people in thirty log houses; to John Jacob Astor’s meteoric rise from humble fur trader to the richest, most powerful man in the city; the fascinating ethnic mixture that is modern Queens; and the new “Freedom Tower” at One World Trade Center. With full-color maps, charts, photographs, drawings, and mini-essays, this encyclopedic volume also traces the historical development and cultural relevance of such iconic New York thoroughfares as Fifth Avenue, Wall Street, Park Avenue, and Broadway.”

World Cultures

Teenagers
Read: Read the New York Times Best Seller, Humans of New York: Stories. Synopsis: “In the summer of 2010, photographer Brandon Stanton began an ambitious project -to single-handedly create a photographic census of New York City. The photos he took and the accompanying interviews became the blog Humans of New York. His audience steadily grew from a few hundred followers to, at present count, over eighteen million. In 2013, his book Humans of New York, based on that blog, was published and immediately catapulted to the top of the NY Times Bestseller List where it has appeared for over forty-five weeks. Now, Brandon is back with the Humans of New York book that his loyal followers have been waiting for: Humans of New York: Stories. Ever since Brandon began interviewing people on the streets of New York, the dialogue he’s had with them has increasingly become as in-depth, intriguing and moving as the photos themselves…”

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