New Hope Academy students and staff took a bite out of the Big Apple on Wednesday, December 10, for the annual field trip to New York City. After meeting at the Yardley campus bright and early at 7:00 am, everyone boarded two Starr buses and took to the open road. Our first stop upon our 9:45 arrival was the Columbus Circle Holiday Market, located right outside of Central Park. There, everyone could walk around and shop at the kiosks, where vendors were selling items ranging from jade jewelry to wool hats to Christmas tree ornaments. The falling snow only added to the holiday feeling in the air! There were also some delicious delicacies to treat oneself to; some of the favorites were the piping hot chocolate, the enormous Belgian waffles, and the scrumptious macaroons. At 11:00, we re-boarded the buses and headed over to 42nd Street, where we ate lunch at Dave and Buster’s. After lunch, students had until 1:30 to play games at the enormous arcade. At promptly 1:30, it was time to head over to 45th Street for the day’s main attraction – a performance of the classic musical “Les Misérables”! The story of former prisoner Jean Valjean’s redemption, his obsessive pursuer Javert, the despondent Fantine, and the rest of the characters riveted the audience for nearly three hours. After a rousing standing ovation, we left the theater and headed uptown a few blocks to a snowy Rockefeller Center, where we saw the famous Christmas tree, did some shopping, and got some dinner. Before we knew it, 6:30 arrived and it was time to board the buses for the sleepy trip home. It was once again a spectacular and successful trip, one that will be remembered by all! Check out our Album on Facebook!