English and Adventure in New York: Débora

Many students are drawn to the excitement and culture of New York City, one of the most famous destinations in the world – so it's not wonder that Brazilian student Débora Gomes chose to improve her English at our New York Empire State English school. We invited Débora to share a bit about her #KaplanExperience. While in NYC, she took the opportunity to explore the city as much as she could. 

Studying English outside Brazil had always been a dream of mine. I believe that total immersion in the language is the most effective way of learning and maturing. Kaplan came into my life and it was an unforgettable experience! The school had super friendly staff, wonderful teachers, and an amazing view – simply stunning! It is no wonder that NY is known as the capital of the world. I experienced people from all corners, many accents, lots of diversity, beautiful places, wonderful restaurants, and a huge cultural wealth. After the course I felt confident in my ability to tackle more complex issues.

Check out Débora's testimony below, including the top 10 places she believes you shouldn't miss in New York.



First time visitors will encounter countless people on the streets, discover the subway, and be surrounded by the bright lights of NYC. Every corner of the city has its peculiarities, but there are some things that you simply cannot leave the island without experiencing. 


1. Central Park

Almost always inlcluded in New York movies, Central Park is a must-see! The colors and charm of the many seasons transform the park into a new place throughout the year. Places to visit in Central park include: 

  • Wollman Rink – a skating rink you can enjoy during the winter season
  • Sheep Meadow – A lawn perfect for picnicking, taking pictures, and catching a little sun
  • Bethesda Fountain - The most famous fountain in the park
  • Strawberry Fields - A tribute to the music of John Lennon and The Beatles

Central Park - New York


2. Times Square

The vibrant mixture of lights, colors, and people make this corner of the city mesmorizing. Around it are the main theatres of Broadway, the Madame Tussauds Museum, and dozens of famous shops and cool restaurants.


3. The Statue of Liberty

This is probably the most important monument in New York. Without a doubt, a must see!

Statue of Liberty – New York


4. Rockefeller Center

During the holiday season, Rockefeller Center has the most beautiful illuminated Christmas tree in the city. There is also a winter skating rink, and it's worth taking a photo there. On hot days, a cool attraction is the "Top of the Rock" observatory, where you have an amazing view of the Empire State Building and Central Park. Beautiful!


5. Brooklyn Bridge

This is the bridge that links Manhattan to Brooklyn. It is a delightful walk and has a view of Manhattan that can't be beat.

Brooklyn Bridge - New York


6. High Line Park

High Line Park is a suspended garden that has several chairs for sunbathing and lots of art! It is one of my favorite places!

High Line Park – New York


7. Grand Central Station

This is one of the world's largest train station. It has a rich decor, impeccable marble sculptures, beautiful marble floors, and a ceiling you have to see. It is worth checking!


8. Empire State Building

This 102-story building is one of the city's most famous postcards. The view from the top is indescribable! The Kaplan English school is on the 63rd floor of the building and it was a wonderful experience to be able to study in this iconic skyscraper.

Empire State Building – New York


9. Natural History Museum

This is the largest museum of its kind in the world, and is also a must see! The giant dinosaur fossils occupy a whole room, and the giant  blue whale suspended over the sea life section is breathtaking! The planetarium is also a great section – with the most advanced projectors in the world, you have an almost real experience of being in space. Beautiful!

Natural History Museum - New York


10. World Trade Center

The memorial of September 11 is very emotion, but worth seeing. There are two huge pools with waterfalls (which symbolize the tears of those who went in the tragedy) located exactly where the twin towers were.

The memorial museum is beautiful and touching. It is also full of information, objects found in the rubble, and some iron structures made of pieces of the original Twin Towers. Undoubtedly, it is a rich lesson in recent world history.


Have you every been to visit New York City? If so, share your experiences and tips with us in the comment section below!

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