The museums of NYC

New York City is home to hundreds of cultural institutions and historical sites, many of which are internationally known. It is also known as an expensive city, but there are many ways in which the city is generous to New Yorkers and tourists. Many of the city’s best attractions, museums, galleries and performances offer free entry or pay-what-you-wish options, be it for a select day of the month or evening hours every week. Those seeking a bargain can use the no-cost or low-cost admittance to take a chance on the unknown or to return to a favourite art work, exhibit or gallery again and again.

Below is a just a selection of our favourite! There are other free places, such as the galleries and museums of area colleges and universities.

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Brooklyn and its neighborhoods

Brooklyn is the most popular borough of New York City. Brooklyn was an independent incorporated city until January 1st, 1898, according to new Municipal Charter of “Greater New-York”. Brooklyn was consolidated with the other cities, boroughs and countries to form the modern “City of New-York”. During the first decade of the 21st century, Brooklyn has experienced a renaissance: it became a place for hipsters, gentrification was settled, house prices increased. Now, Brooklyn is a hub of entrepreneurship and high technology startup firms and a place for postmodern art and design.

 

 

Here is a map of Brooklyn and its different neighborhoods. We will explain the history of some of these neighborhoods.

 

First, we will focus on Bushwick.

 

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Life at Pace: The Sport Culture in New York City

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).

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Life at Pace : Remaining fit is no mean feat!

$3,55 was the bill we paid when we first went to the local Supermarket. We purchased one bottle of water and one bottle of Coca-Cola. Not very interesting, is it? Not very interesting except the fact we paid $1,68 for one bottle and $1,87 for the other one. And you know what? It is not a myth! 1L of the average brand of water is more expensive than 2L of Coca-Cola.

Type of food you find EVERYWHERE in NYC

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The educational experience at Columbia University

Teaching methods in the United States are quite different from those used in France. Being aware of these differences may allow French students to feel less confused during their first few weeks at Columbia University. The work requested, the amount of reading, the assessment method, the class participation, the relationship with the teachers, the purchase of books … All these elements must be taken into account when studying in the United States!

The semester really starts in the aftermath of the course selection process – during the first two weeks of September. To choose a course for the rest of the semester, it is essential to consult the syllabus of the course. At Columbia, these syllabi are very detailed: they contain the topics as well as the work required for each session of the semester, the list of resources to consult or buy as well as the evaluation method. While the first two sessions do not necessarily reflect the rest of the semester, carefully reading the syllabus of a course before choosing it allows you to evaluate the interest for the topics covered, the amount of work requested and the deadlines during the semester. Each professor and course taught at Columbia are different but shares some common characteristics, closely related to American teaching methods.

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