The fourth week of NYSIP began with an outdoor movie in Bryant Park, where the interns gathered for an after-work picnic and a screening of “Blazing Saddles” as part of the HBO Bryant Park Summer Film Festival.
On Tuesday, July 8th, Alex Nalbandian, a NYSIP 1997 participant and active member of the AGBU Young Professionals of Greater New York group, led a tour of the Sirius XM Radio offices, where he is the Senior Manager of Music Programming Operations. Nalbandian gave an overview of the station and current trends in the commercial-free music industry, which the interns discussed afterwards at a dinner in the West Village.
On Thursday, July 10th, Chris Bohjalian, critically acclaimed author of 17 books, including nine New York Times bestsellers, presented his most recent novel, “Close Your Eyes, Hold Hands” for the interns and the local Armenian community. Bohjalian read passages, reflected on his writing process, and autographed copies of the book, which many interns purchased.
The series of NYSIP social events continued on Friday with an evening of classical music on the Great Lawn in Central Park. The interns enjoyed the program presented by the New York Philharmonic that included R. Strauss’ Don Juan and Till Eulenspiegel’s Merry Pranks, Smetana’s Vysehrad from Ma Viast, and Tchaikovsky’s Romeo and Juliet. The concert was followed by fireworks.
Finally, on Saturday, July 12th, the multi-national group of interns watched the World Cup final game together..