New York City offers a wonderful opportunity to enjoy sport in one of the most dynamic cities in the United States. As the city is giant, many teams play in the Big Apple: 2 for basketball (Knicks and Nets), 2 for ice hockey (Rangers and Islanders), 2 for baseball (Yankees and Mets), 2 for soccer (NYC FC and NY Red bull) and 2 for Football (Giants and Jets). Seasons begin at different times all over the year to offer America always at least one sport to watch, and almost each evening TV channels show games. As you arrive in January for the Transcontinental Track, you’ll only have the basketball and ice hockey seasons (there is football too, but it can be quite hard to become a supporter as the Super bowl takes place early-February).
At the beginning of the semester, each student receives a Compass Card (this is the card you can use for public transport). Each month you have to recharge this card (on the website dedicated to it) to be able to use the card for the next month.
We can go everywhere by bus. The bordering cities of Vancouver (Richmond, Burnaby, Surrey) are easily accessible by the subway (called the SkyTrain) and we can go to Vancouver-North via a ferry (called a SeaBus)
Columbia University has the advantage of being located in the famous New-York City. It is true that the Big Apple offers you so many things to do that you can already feel very busy. However, you will also be surprised by the number of events and activities you can do on the campus of Columbia University alone. Here are a few examples of what you can do:
A calendar full of events:
Columbia University is a vibrant and dynamic place where all kinds of events are held. If you are a food lover, you will find some free food fairs during the semester. If you like music, you can go to the numerous performances done or organized by some Columbia’s clubs: dance, choirs, piano recital, and so forth. If you are a cinema lover, you will be able to watch open-air movies with la Maison Française, the French club at Columbia University.
If you are more into conferences, you will also be amazed by the quantity and quality of lectures offered to the students on the campus. You will be able to attend conferences hold by prestigious guests and leading figures. The fields and topics tackled in those conferences are broad: from science to philosophy, including also politics and geopolitics of course. For the latter, you will have plenty of opportunities to hear heads of state and other international personalities talking on subjects such a protectionism, the world economy and so forth. As we are here to study geopolitics, it is definitely a marvelous opportunity to learn more. This year, for instance, we get the chance to see the President of the World Bank, the President of Colombia, the President of the Swiss Confederation, the Vice President of the EU Commission, just to name a few.
Gastown was the first downtown core area of Vancouver. Its historical boundaries are the waterfront, Columbia street, Hasting street and Cambie street.
The name Gastown comes from “Gassy” which was the nickname of Jack Deighton, an English mariner and saloon keeper, who opened the first saloon of the area in 1867. It quickly became the core area for trade and a resort for off-work loggers and fishermen. The small community between Carral and Cambie street quickly grew and it was incorporated into Vancouver in 1886. But it was devastated the same year by the “Big fire of Vancouver” and only 2 buildings remained. Everything had to be rebuilt. It was considered as the center wholesale production and distribution for the city. However, after the great Depression of 1930’s it became a forgotten area of the city. It stayed like that until the 1960’s, when citizens became concerned about the conservation of the architectural hertitage of the neighbourhood because it was going to be demolished to build a huge freeway in the city centre. It was saved by a campaign led by local business people and property owners. The restart of the area began with the opening of the “Exposition Gallery” by Henk F. Vanderhorst which encouraged the development of Gastown in the 1960’s. It led to new businesses and activities coming in the area. Finally, it gave a new start to Gastown and in 2009 it was designated a National Historic site of Canada.
Finding a place to live in New York can be stressful. There are many offers but they can be booked quickly, and the price might surprise you. That is why we would like to share our own experience with you.