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  • The Educational Theater of NYC

    People often think of Broadway when they hear New York City; however, the city also has a lot of amazing independent theaters. ESN-NYC recently took a trip to The Educational Theater of New York where the students watched two interactive plays back-to-back; The Open Window by H. H. Munro and The Necklace by Guy De Maupassant.

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    August 16, 2019 • Exploring the City • Views: 855

  • Scavenger Hunt at The Getty Center!

    Recently, The ESL School at New York Film Academy (NYFA) – Los Angeles took a trip to The Getty Center in the Brentwood Neighborhood of Los Angeles, CA. The Getty Center is one of the most famous art centers in the greater Los Angeles area. The center sits on the top of a hill in the Santa Monica Mountains, overlooking a breathtaking view of the city and coastline. This is just one of the reasons tourists flock to this well-known attraction.

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    August 16, 2019 • Exploring the City • Views: 849

  • Autumn in L.A.

    Los Angeles isn’t famous for its Fall season. While the leaves on most of our trees don’t change to oranges and reds, we do get to enjoy 75 degree weather and go bike riding at the beach any day of the year.

    ESN-LA took advantage of this beautiful time of year and went on a hike through Griffith Park to the famous Observatory located in the Hollywood Hills.

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    December 21, 2018 • Exploring the City • Views: 1108

  • ESN-NYC: The Museum of the Moving Image

    The Museum of the Moving Image was once a famous film studio for silent films. Today, it is one of the only film museums of its kind, located in Queens, New York. The museum offers an interesting look at film and television history through old, archive footage and antique equipment. The museum also includes cutting-edge exhibitions on technology.
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    October 17, 2018 • Exploring the City • Views: 982

  • ESN-LA Goes to the Hollywood Bowl

    In the heart of LA lies the Hollywood Bowl, arguably one of the most famous music venues in the United States. It’s prominence stems from its long history of iconic performances, from American musicians like Frank Sinatra to the world-famous The Beatles. Our students got the chance to explore the inside, learn about the architectural design of the building, and — most importantly — be immersed in its colorful history.

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    October 17, 2018 • Exploring the City • Views: 1045

  • LA + NYC: Fun Things to Do in August!

    Summer is a magical season filled with outdoor movie screenings, music, and beach-going. Eventually though, all good things must come to an end. The month of August signals the approaching end of summer — students return to school, vacations come to an end, and the days shorten even further.

    Don’t worry! There’s still plenty of time to enjoy fun, outdoor activities. Check out our calendars and get out there and make some more summer memories!

    • Check out LA’s August calendar here.
    • NYC’s calendar can be found here.

    FUN FACT: The Disney Concert Hall in downtown Los Angeles is the home of the LA Philharmonic when they aren’t playing at their summer home, the Hollywood Bowl. When the Walt Disney Concert Hall was built, the steel walls reflected a lot of sunlight. As a result, the nearby sidewalks were a scorching 140 degrees Fahrenheit!

    Want to read more about the Disney Concert Hall? Check out this ESN blog post.

     

    August 1, 2018 • Culture Fridays, Exploring the City, Monthly Event Calendars • Views: 916

  • NYC: The International Center for Photography

    Hello, summer! Last week, ESN-NYC went to The International Center for Photography.

    The weather was perfect, so first we stopped for vegan ice cream at Van Leeuwen’s. The sizes were huge and the ice cream came in interesting flavors and colors. Some eye-catching flavors were black sesame ashhoneycomb, and s’mores

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    July 2, 2018 • Exploring the City • Views: 994

  • Restaurant Review: Pearl Street Diner (NYC)

    Photo by the ESL School at NYFA.

    Food is the way to anyone’s heart! It is also a great way to learn grammar. Last week, the students from ESN-NYC went to a classic, retro restaurant from the 1960s called Pearl Street Diner, near Wall Street. Diners are a symbol of “Americana,” or America’s heritage. Many popular and classic films include scenes in a diner. For example, think of the iconic opening scene in Pulp Fiction.

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    May 15, 2018 • Exploring the City • Views: 897

  • Get Out There and Volunteer!

    Did you know that volunteering has an incredible amount of benefits? Connecting with the community can help reduce loneliness and stress and increase happiness and health. Volunteering also provides a wonderful way to practice English! Take a look at what ESN-LA has been doing to connect with the Los Angeles community. Continue Reading

    April 30, 2018 • Exploring the City • Views: 830

  • What Did the Ground Say to the Earthquake?

    Answer: You crack me up!

    Los Angeles is known for its incredible film industry, amazing lifestyle, and … its earthquakes. While quakes don’t happen every day, it’s still important to be prepared. Take a look at some of ESN-LA’s tips for earthquake preparedness.

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    April 19, 2018 • Exploring the City • Views: 679