Today was sadly the final day of the study tour.  We went to look at the New York Times building to get a snapshot of what working in journalism would be like with New York, but to discover that they no longer do tours of the building.  Although, we had a look around the foyer and was amazed with how big thee building was and also security conscious, with only employees allowed past the foyer.  I loved seeing the building where I dream of working one day!

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We had a debrief with Mark to summarise our tour experiences together.  We all found common ground on perspectives of how New York functions.  A few which stuck out to me was the shopping industry and how some fight for money more than others, with the tipping culture that is present it is clear to see which places had the decent wages and which did not at all! The food culture, in terms of portion size and variety- New York has it all! How NYC encourages art both public and private, with numerous galleries around the city and the beautiful street art that remains featured amongst the streets- it is evident artists play an important role in New York.How New York seems to use the same central infrastructure of buildings and places and modernise them for new uses and functionality. For example, the highline… in other words how gentrified New York is! I think this brings out the New York vibe everywhere you go and I love it! Throughout our trip we met some amazing people, all with different stories, for example we met somebody that said move here! go for it! you will have much more opportunity in New York! To others that have said they struggled when entering the city. So I suppose, you make it, or you don’t.  I truely enjoyed the New York study tour and can say I learnt alot, saw alot and most of all experienced alot.  I’ll be sad to leave and can definitely say, I love you New York City!

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