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Day 25 – New York City – By Allana Peerce

Today started off a bit cooler then Friday, though it was still hot, we were able to cope. The first thing we did was meet up with Derrick in Harlem to get a tour. Although Derrick is from Brooklyn, he still knew everything about Harlem! While in Harlem we went to a local shopping market and experienced some of the culture from the people of Harlem. We explored the sites that dealt with the Harlem Rennaissance, the golden age of jazz, areas of riots, and even sites that were part of the Jewish community of Harlem. After that we headed downtown and picked up some New York style pizza (along with water because everyone was obviously thirsty).

After lunch we made our way to Central Park. We has the pleasure of sitting and listening to David Ippolito who is also known as the guitar man for an hour or so. The Guitar Man comes there often and is well known. He also recognized our group being there and gave us a little shout out! David invited up an audience member that is a regular to sing a song. Her name is Frankie and she is in a wheelchair – it was one of the most wonderful things to watch and experience. Sitting in the shade and listening to music was a great way to relax for a couple of hours.

We left Central Park and headed towards the Lower East Side as well as Chinatown and Little Italy. It was quite the experience,We learned about the history of our ancestors and how they lived in tenements and sold merchandise from carts. The strangest part of the town was how the separation of one block to the other split Little Italy and Chinatown.
At night we went to Greenwich Village and where we had free time to roam around and eat dinner as well as many kids met with family and friends. We then went back to the hotel and had about an hour of free time before we went to sleep.