NYSIP 2015 Becoming New Yorkers: Week 3 In Review!

Monday, June 29th, 2015 – Magnolia Bakery

On Monday, our interns began the week with a trip to Magnolia Bakery (http://www.magnoliabakery.com/).  Founded on Bleecker Street in 1996, this bakery offers all kinds of cakes, cupcakes, cookies and ice cream.

Earlier, the interns took part in a murder mystery game during our trip to the Metropolitan Museum of Art.  The winners, Artoun Festekjian and Ari Kazanjian, were rewarded each with a free cupcake.  Congratulations to our winners!

The crowd favorite was the red velvet cupcakes.

Our winners Ari Kazanjian (on the left) and Artoun Festekjian (on the right)

Tuesday, June 30th, 2015 – Bridesmaids

On Tuesday, some of the interns unwound after a long day of work in the city with an outdoor movie screening of Bridesmaids at Solar One Park.  The interns relaxed and enjoyed a rooftop view of the East River and Queens.

Although we all had seen the movie many times before, we still enjoyed free giveaways from the event’s sponsor, food, and drinks.  A particular highlight of the evening was listening to intern Isabelle Karabajakian’s interpretation of the lines in the movie.

Watch for our next free movie outing to see Edward Scissorhands at Riverside Park South on Wednesday, July 8th, 2015.

Sera Muratyan (on the left) and Christina Ohanesian (on the right)

Wednesday, July 1st, 2015 – Sirius XM Radio Tour

On Wednesday, NYSIP ‘96 alumnus Alex Nalbandian hosted the interns on a tour of the Sirius XM Studios NYC headquarters.  The studio is home to a variety of radio personalities including Howard Stern.

After the tour, the interns gathered in a conference room where Alex explained the importance of staying connected with the NYSIP program.  He worked as a NYSIP activities coordinator in 2003 and 2004 and has served as a NYSIP mentor every year since starting at Sirius XM.  He ended the discussion on a hopeful note, encouraging the interns to maintain the connection to their Armenian heritage with a quote by William Soroyan:

“For when two of them meet anywhere in the world, see if they will not create a New Armenia.”

Friday, July 3rd, 2015 – Free Kayaking on the Hudson River

On Friday, interns kicked off the holiday weekend with kayaking on the Hudson River.  They spent the morning racing each other and snapping selfies on the open water.  The group then headed to brunch at Sarabeth’s (http://www.sarabeth.com/) and returned to the dorms to rest and prepare for the Fourth of July.

Saturday, July 4th, 2015 – Independence Day

On Saturday, the interns took in the Macy’s Fireworks Spectacular from FDR drive.  As they waited for the show to begin, the interns played a game of Heads Up, the cell phone version of the game Who Am I?  The night ended with a beautiful view of the river, a great place to reflect on all that the 4th of July holiday signifies.  .

Sunday, July 5th, 2015 – New York Athletic Club on Travers Island

On Sunday, the Festekjian family kindly hosted NYSIP interns at the New York Athletic Club on Travers Island, in Westchester County just 20 miles north of New York City.  The interns were pampered the whole day – they took a yellow school bus from the NYU dorms, and bagels (also provided) on the ride up.    The Festekjian’s welcomed the interns and together they spent the afternoon around the club’s pool and many other outdoor amenities, such as the basketball court.  The highlight of the day was a delicious barbeque and buffet where the interns had a chance to get to know the Festekjian family.

NYSIP thanks Mr. and Mrs. Festekjian for their generosity and continued support of AGBU NYSIP.

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