Discover NY on Midwinter Break

By Emily Jiang ’18   

As February break approaches, fun, stress-free activities are recommended due to the cumulative pressure from schoolwork.

For those who dislike museums filled with historical figures or dull information, Holographic Studios Inc. may pique your interest.  The Holographic Studios create three-dimensional holograms, laser effects in the form of art, optical illusions, reflection holograms, integral holograms, which are videos in the form of a hologram and can be viewed on all sides. There is also a shop where you can buy gifts or souvenirs. It is located on the East Side of Midtown Manhattan, at 240 E 26th St. It is open Monday to Friday, 2pm to 6pm, and you can schedule an appointment.

Do you wish there was somewhere you could sit back and relax? There is a museum that does this and it is called “Dream House.” It is located in a third-floor apartment on 275 Church St. in Tribeca, and a small donation from visitors allows you to spend as much time as you’d like and relax. It is open Wednesday to Saturday from 2pm to 12am. There are rooms lit with purple lights, and meditation pillows and the scent of incense soothe and calm the visitors who come by.

Eileen Townsend, of, wrote, “I find myself wishing I could stay longer maybe listen to the deep harmonics for another hour or three. ‘Dream House’ offers a sense of calm and emotional remove that is so hard to come by in the city.”

In Central Park, Manhattan, there are several events that are available to the publ;ic for free. A lantern night hike, in which you walk through the woods as rangers discuss the history and the wildlife in the park, will be held on Saturday, February 25, 2017, from 7 pm to 8:30pm. For registration, go to

Morning fitness is held on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 7:30am to 8:30am in the Heather Garden in Fort Tryon Park, which is at Cabrini Boulevard and Fort Washington Avenue. There will be walking, jogging, and more exercise options, so you’re advised to bring water and wear comfortable clothing.

Wouldn’t it be nice to go sightseeing without being limited by the amount of money in your pockets? A NY Pass can help with that. It is a card that you buy, and it allows you to go sightseeing around NY for free. Considering the cost of many New York attractions, it saves you a lot of money. Some places you can go to are parks, gardens, museums, tours, and even Broadway shows.

The NY Pass is available online, which only counts for a certain number of days. So once you use that card for the first time, the card begins to count down the remaining days you can use the card. Before your card expires, you can use the card as many times you want, but can only visit each attraction once. For more information on this pass, you can look it up online or go to

There are many shows, performances, and events available in New York that you should take advantage of during during this coming spring break. High 5 offers $5 tickets for students to many events around the city, including plays, concerts and museums. For more information go to and click on High 5 tickets.

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