It’s Fall in New York City!

Autumn, also known as Fall to many Americans, is one of the best times to be in New York City!

We all know the seasons, so let’s learn a new word,

“Foliage”.

Fall Foliage to be specific!

The noun “foliage” (pronounced: Fole-EE-edge) means – plant leaves collectively.

So when you imagine “fall foliage”, you may imagine the photo below:

Luckily for us, this beautiful scene is right here in New York City!

Whether you’re a plant lover, or not, checking out the fall foliage around NYC can be a fun free activity for the whole family. (or a romantic retreat!)

Take a look at these 5 fall foliage spots to check out in New York City!

  1. Fort Tyron Park in Washington Heights!
    Fort Washington Ave at Cabrini Blvd

    2. Prospect Park in Brooklyn

    Eastern Pkwy, Brooklyn, NY 11238

    3. Central Park, Manhattan

    Central Park Lake, Near 74th street and Central Park West

    4. Alley Pond Park, Queens

    Union Tpke, Oakland Gardens, NY 11364

    5. Greenbelt Nature Center, Staten Island

    700 Rockland Ave, Staten Island, NY 10314

    My favorites are Central Park and Alley Pond Park!
    If you have been to one the parks above, let us know in the comments!

    Happy Fall!


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    Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month

    Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month (AAPI Heritage Month) is an annual celebration that recognizes the historical and cultural contributions of individuals and groups of Asian and Pacific Islander descent to the United States. AAPI Heritage Month 2022 will take place from Sunday, May 1 to Tuesday, May 31.

    Why the Date of AAPI Heritage Month is Significant

    The month of May was chosen for AAPI Heritage Month because it commemorates the immigration of the first Japanese people to the United States on May 7, 1843. May is also a significant month because it recognizes Golden Spike Day, May 10, 1869, which marks the completion of the transcontinental railroad that was built with significant contributions from Chinese workers.

    Anti-Asian Racism

    Since their immigration to the United States, Asians have been met with xenophobia, racism, bias and violence. Chinese workers were abused, robbed and murdered in San Francisco in the 1850s. In 1854, the California Supreme Court ruled in People v. Hall that people of Asian descent could not testify against a white person in court, meaning that white people could avoid punishment for anti-Asian crimes. 

    During World War II, from 1942-1945, people of Japanese descent were incarcerated in internment camps across the nation. In 1982, Chinese American Vincent Chin was murdered by two white men in Detroit because they believed Asians were taking auto industry jobs from whites. In March 2021, a man shot and murdered six women of Asian descent at three spas in the Atlanta area.

    At the beginning of the Covid-19 pandemic, racist and xenophobic rhetoric about the origins of the virus led to a spike in anti-Asian racism and violence, with AAPI people of all ages and cultures being verbally and physically harassed and murdered in cities across the United States. As a response to the rise in anti-Asian violence, the AAPI Equity Alliance, Chinese for Affirmative Action, and the Asian American Studies Department of San Francisco State University launched the Stop AAPI Hate coalition on March 19, 2020. The coalition tracks and responds to violence, hate, harassment, discrimination, shunning and bullying of AAPI people.

    AAPI Heritage Month 2022 commemorates the victims of the 2021 spa shootings along with all other Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders who have been lost to anti-Asian violence during the pandemic and throughout history.

    from history.com

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    April showers bring May flowers.

    What to do in Warm Weather in NYC?

    In the United States we have a saying, “April showers bring May flowers.”

    We have been stuck inside for the winter, but now it’s May! Are you ready to go outside to see the flowers? 

    In May, many New Yorkers are so excited to finally go outside and enjoy themselves.

    Here are some fun ideas to have fun and enjoy outdoor activities in New York City as it gets warmer.

    Grab a CitiBike (or your own bike) and ride along the Westside Highway.

    It is a great way to see the city and to get some exercise!

    Go see a movie in the park! 

    There are so many parks in New York City. Get a large blanket, some snacks, and your best friends and find a spot on the grass. Enjoy a movie on a big screen in the park.

    Find a park near your home or school. 

    https://www.nycgovparks.org/park-features/parks-list?boro=M

    Finally, visit a botanical garden! 

    Brooklyn, Queens, The Bronx, and Staten Island each have big beautiful gardens filled with flowers that bloom in May. Visiting a botanical garden can be an exciting and fun time for a family, a date, or alone.

    Brooklyn Botanical Gardens

    The Bronx: Home » New York Botanical Garden (nybg.org)

    Queens: Queens Botanical Garden – Flushing, New York

    Brooklyn: Brooklyn Botanic Garden – Brooklyn Botanic Garden (bbg.org)

    Staten Island: Snug Harbor Cultural Center & Botanical Garden (snug-harbor.org)

    For more fun ideas check the website below!

    50 Fantastic Outdoor Activities in NYC | Frugal Frolicker

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    Workshop!

    On Monday, November 15th, classes 3A and 3P (daytime) were treated to a workshop on the three branches of government presented by the Chinese Progressive Association. Our language learners always get more than just an education of English. Our program also provides regular workshops, such as this one, on topics related to the community and American culture as these are relevant to students’ lives.

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    The Harlem Renaissance

    The Harlem Renaissance was an intellectual and cultural revival of African American music, dance, art, fashion, literature, theater and politics centered in Harlem in New York City in the 1920s and 1930s. 

    Watch the video above to learn about the Harlem Renaissance and read a couple poems below by Langston Hughes, a poet who was part of it.

    From Poetry.org:

    Harlem

    What happens to a dream deferred?

           Does it dry up
           like a raisin in the sun?
           Or fester like a sore—
           And then run?
           Does it stink like rotten meat?
           Or crust and sugar over—
           like a syrupy sweet?

           Maybe it just sags
           like a heavy load.

           Or does it explode?

    I, Too

    I, too, sing America.

    I am the darker brother.
    They send me to eat in the kitchen
    When company comes,
    But I laugh,
    And eat well,
    And grow strong.

    Tomorrow,
    I’ll be at the table
    When company comes.
    Nobody’ll dare
    Say to me,
    “Eat in the kitchen,”
    Then.

    Besides,
    They’ll see how beautiful I am
    And be ashamed—

    I, too, am America.

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