Get to Know NYC During Holiday Break

The holiday break is a great time to familiarize yourself with your soon-to-be home for the spring, New York City! Before all of your reading is claimed by textbooks, articles, and journals, delve into the local paper or pick up one of the books below to read about your new home.

Here is New York by E.B. White
The Encyclopedia of New York City by Kenneth Jackson
Gotham: A History of New York City to 1898 by Edwin G. Burrows
The Catcher in the Rye by J.D. Salinger
A Tree Grows in Brooklyn by Betty Smith
The Bonfire of the Vanities by Tom Wolfe
From the Mixed Up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler by E.I. Konigsburg
The Age of Innocence by Edith Wharton
Washington Square by Henry James
The New York Times

Though the movies aren’t always the most accurate portrayals of cities, it can be fun to see how directors interpret them! Check out Time Out New York‘s list of “The 100 Best Films Set in New York City” and then see for yourself how they compare when you arrive in January!

A reminder that the University will be closed from Thursday, December 24, through Sunday, January 3 for the holiday break, and we will reopen on Monday, January 4. However the blog will be updated regularly, and you can email with any urgent matters.  If you do not receive an immediate response, please note that it is on behalf of the University’s closure. We also suggest joining the Spring in New York Facebook Page to connect with your fellow future classmates ahead of time, and following the official University Programs Twitter account. Happy holidays!


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