New York 2020


New York Contact Information

Amy Kapatkin - (530) 574 9017 - askapatkin@ucdavis.edu



7:15pm - parents to drop off SMF & all meet in terminal at check in and baggage area (all eat at home)

9:56pm - Jet Blue SMF-JFK



6:07am - Arrive JFK – get luggage that is checked; meet bus

7:00am - transport Uniworld tours bus to hotel

8:00-8:30am- Estimated arrival @ Hotel Gallivant, 234 W 48th Street NYC, between Broadway & 8th

Store baggage

8:30am - walk to Stardust Diner (5 minutes, 0.2 miles)

9:00am - Breakfast @ Ellen’s Stardust Diner, 1650 Broadway (@51st)

10:30am - Walk to Rockefeller Center (8 minutes, 0.4 miles)

11am - Tour 1 for NBC Studios (20 people) Tour 65 minutes, 30 Rockefeller Plaza (49-50th between 5-6th ave) 212-664-3700

11:20am - Tour 2 for NBC Studios (20 people) Tour 65 minutes

(During waiting time, look at the Plaza and ice skating- the tree if still up, Also lego or American girl store because of the size and glitz)

12:25-12:35pm - walk to lunch at the Melt Shop counter, 135 W 50th Street 212-974-3423 (5 minutes, 0.4 miles)

12:35-1:30pm - Lunch @ The Melt Shop- counter food

1:30pm - walk to workshop- (12 minutes, 0.8 miles); If time, can look at the Hershey Chocolate Shop, 701 7th Ave

2:00-3:30pm - Workshop for Wicked- making music;  Dardo Galletto, 151 West 46th Street

3:30-5:00pm - walk back to hotel for Free time to unpack and assign rooms / Rest time (5 minutes, 0.2. miles)

5:15pm - Walk to restaurant (2 minutes, 0.1 miles)

5:30-7:30pm - Dinner @ Trattoria Trecolori, 254 W47th street, 212-997-4540

7:30pm - walk to The Majestic Theater (4 minutes, 0.2 miles)

8:00pm - Broadway Show - Phantom of the Opera @ The Majestic Theater, 247 W 44th St, Between 7 & 8th Ave

11:00pm - Walk back to hotel- bed time (5 minutes, 0.3 miles)



8:30-9:30am - Breakfast @ hotel

9:30am - walk to studio (2 minutes, 0.1 miles)

10:00am-12:00pm - Workshop with Eugene Sirotkine (nymetamorc@gmail.com)- Open Jar studios room 12J, 1601 Broadway (48th entry between 7 & 8th) 212-582-1417

12:00pm - Walk to lunch (6 minutes, 0.3 miles)

12:15-1:30pm - Lunch @ City Kitchen, 700 8th Ave, 44th street

​(Heart of times square- can shop with extra time)

1:30pm -  walk to studio (6 minutes, 0.3 miles)

2:00-3:30pm - Workshop for Phantom of the Opera- Making music; Dardo Galletto,  151 West 46th Street between 6. & 7th Ave

3:30-5:00pm - Back to hotel for free time / central park activity / shopping Times Square area (5 minutes, 0.2 miles)

5:15pm - walk to dinner (6 minutes, 0.3 miles)

5:30-7:30pm- Dinner @ Carmines, 200 W 44th close to 7th Ave (between 7th & 8th) Ave 212- 221-3800

7:30pm - walk to Gershwin Theater (9 minutes, 0.5 miles)

8:00pm - Broadway Show- Wicked, The Gershwin Theater, 222 W 51st St between 7 & 8th Ave

11:00pm - Back to hotel- bed time (5 minute, 0.2 miles)



8:00-9:00am - Breakfast @ hotel

9:00am - Subway to ground zero meeting point (C or N/R 25 minutes)

9:50-11:30am - Ground Zero tour, Front fence of St. Chapel, 209 Broadway (Fulton & Vesey); 646-801-9113info@911groundzero.com

11:30-11:45am - walk to Battery Park Esplanade to view Statue of Liberty (walk 15 minute, 0.7miles)

11:45am-12:00pm - see Statue of Liberty from Esplanade

12:00- 12:50pm - walk to Rector street subway (11 minutes, 0.5 miles) and take the 1 subway (16 minutes) to 50th and Broadway station.  Then walk (3 minutes 0.2 miles) to Open Jar studio 1601 Broadway studio 11L

1:00-1:30pm - Pizza lunch @ Open Jar Studio with Matthew Harris.  Order from Joe’s Pizza 1435 Broadway, New York, NY 646-559-4878 OR Gotham Pizza 852 8th Ave 212-258-2288

1:30-3:00pm - Workshop with Matthew Harris (cell 917-806-9949 matthewharris@rcn.com)

3:00-4:30pm - Option to shop in Times Square, visit either the M & M or Hershey chocolate stores, rest at hotel or walk to central park and explore (walk to central park is ~ 15 minutes each way, 0.6 miles)

4:30-5:00pm - Hotel to change if you want to for opera- (business casual is fine). 

5:00pm - Walk / subway to restaurant (18 minute walk, 0.9 miles or take the 1 subway 13 minutes)

5:30-6:45pm - Dinner @ Rosa Mexicana 61 Columbus Ave

6:45pm - Walk to Met and look around plaza and at the Chagalls before the opera (2 minutes, 0.1 miles)

8:00-11:30pm - Metropolitan Opera- Marriage of Figuero, 30 Lincoln center plaza at 63-64thbetween Columbus & Amsterdam

12:00pm - Hotel- Bed time (walk 16 minutes, 0.8 miles or the 1 subway)



8:30-9:30am - Breakfast @ hotel

9:30am - subway/walk to studio (13 minutes, 0.7 miles or 9 minutes or C or E subway)

10:00am-12:00pm - Workshop Judith Clurman (jclurman@gmail.com) – Pearl studios booked room 315; 500 Eighth Ave (between 35& 36) 3rd floor; 212-904-1850

12:00pm - walk to lunch (7 minutes, 0.3 miles)

12:15-1:30pm - Lunch @ Pensey Food Hall 2 Pennsylvania Plaza @ 33rd and 7th ave

2:00-5:30pm - Senior activity: (it is a secret)

Sophomore and Junior activity options:

Option 1:

Ice skating Wollman rink central park 850 5th Ave.  Tickets $12 to skate and rentals $10

​Option 2:

The Metropolitan museum of Art.  Costs $25 adult & $12 student- ticket good for 3 days

Option 3:

Central park zoo Tickets $20

Option 4:

Ripleys Believe it or Not museum 234 W 42nd street.  Tickets $15.50 if group of 10 or more.  I would need to book this in advance

5:30-6:00pm - Back to hotel to change (seniors 6 minute walk, 0.3 miles)

6:30pm - walk to Swing 46 (5 minute walk, 0.3 miles)

7:00-10:00pm - Group dinner and dancing @ Swing 46 (jazz and supper club swing dance lesson @ 9:00PM – prix fixe menu). 349 W 46th St between 8 & 9th Ave, 212-262-9554

11:00pm - Bed time (5 minutes, 0.3 miles)



8:00-9:00am - Breakfast @ hotel

9:00am - check out and store baggage at hotel

9:15am - subway or walk to Julliard tour (20 minutes, 1 mile. Or take the 1 subway)

10:00-11:00am - Julliard tour 60 Lincoln Center Plaza Between 65-66th street and Columbus & Amsterdam

11:00am - walk (9 minutes, 0.4 miles) to Columbus circle Turnstyle underground market to eator grab snacks for airport.  

11:30am-12:30pm - Lunch @ Turnstyle Underground Market at 8th ave between 57-58- entry in Columbus circle station.

12:30pm - Back at hotel to get luggage- subway or walk (13 minute, 0.6 miles or take the C or the 1 subway)

1:00pm - leave for airport- transport Uniworld bus pick up at hotel

4:40-8:15pm - Jet Blue JFK to SMF

8:30pm - Parents to pick up at SMF :(




- Carry-on bag and 1 personal item (purse, briefcase, laptop bag) per passenger forfree. Carry-on should not exceed the following size and weight restrictions: 45 linear inches (22 x 14 x 9 in) or 115 centimeters (56 x 36 x 23 cm) including handles and wheels

- 1 x 50 lbs (22.68 kg); maximum dimensions of 62 inches (157.48 cm), free.  Remember you may want to buy something. You will need to be able to wheel/carry your own things,

- Backpacks are NOT allowed into theaters and opera.   Purses or small bags are.  Consider packing a small nylon bag (some collapse into a tiny pouch to carry a pair of shoes if you want to change from boots once inside or you want a small carry bag for items.  

- PLEASE- either carry on or checked rolling luggage- not both.  Too difficult to manage 2 rolling suitcases.  The trip is only 5 days.



No Madrigal attire needed


ALL activities, transportation and meals are covered.  Any extra water, coffee, snacks, or shopping outside the 3 meals/day are NOT covered.  




True winter coat (can be ski jacket), hat (or hood on coat), gloves- it can get very cold.  Layers work well- bring 1 fleece or sweater for under coat.  Consider bringing thin thermal underwear layer for the outdoor activities. 


Walking boots (can be hiking boots that are water resistant). NOT rubber boots- they cause blisters and we are walking.  Karen is fine if shoes are hiking/regular boots with business casual clothes.  Sneakers are not business casual but can be worn for walking if no rain or snow. 


Small travel umbrella




Any prescription medicines – in their original container.  Inhalers and emergency meds essential if appropriate for you.


Proper ID:  passport, driver’s license if 18; or school ID if under 18


Individual spending money you want to bring for shopping or snacks.

ATM and/or credit card if you wish.  Note:  airlines do not accept cash for meals or snacks on the plane.


Toiletries for the plane.  Remember the current airport security restrictions on liquids and acceptable volume (was a maximum 3 oz container).  Bring a chap stick


Empty, re-usable bottle for water.  Can’t have liquid going through security, but after security can fill up.  Very useful to have during, master classes and entire trip.  We will not be buying extra water so please keep your bottle filled.  


Electronic/technology things you want, including chargers, earbuds, etc.  REMEMBER- no external batteries allowed in checked luggage.  Students- avoid bringing computers- you will have no time to do school work.  Smaller electronics are fine.  


Carry your winter coat for the plane- it is often cold on the airplane and you will need it when we arrive in NYC.



Clothes & toiletries for 5 days according to guidelines.  

Pack smartly and think layers.  Try not to over or under pack for comfort.  Leave room in suitcase if you want to buy something.



- Khakis, cords, etc. (but not jeans) or dress/skirt-blouse; shirt, polo, turtle neck or buttoned down or sweater.  If wear dress or skirt remember it is cold so consider covering your legs.



- formal clothes optional; business casual is fine. 

- Dressy, even semi-formal/formal but recommend wearing your walking shoes and carrying nice shoes in a small bag.  Remember no back packs into the opera to change.  Would need to wear formal clothes to dinner that night.



Business casual is fine but you can bring swing dance clothes and shoes if you want to



It is an overnight flight.  Be comfortable but be prepared to change quickly into business casual on arrival.  We will have a short turn- around time when arriving in hotel to store luggage before heading out for the day.  We will have a break at check in around 4PM to get settled.  

For those students who wear contact lenses- consider wearing your glasses so you can sleep on the overnight flight.


You will have time to change into comfortable clothes either before we leave on the bus or at the airport before checking luggage. You can be comfortable for the plane.