Designed for Greatness

NYC - Boston

Duration 10 days
Suggested group size 12 - 20 students / 2 Envoys Field Staff
Suggested ages 14 - 18
Experience What makes a city great?


Designed for Greatness: Urbanism, Art & Architecture in New York & Boston

NYC - Boston III

This program starts in New York City, a global cultural hub, renowned for its iconic architecture, urban vitality, and diverse art scene. From towering skyscrapers to contemporary marvels like the High Line, the city is an architectural showcase. Museums exhibit a spectrum of artistic movements. New York offers students an unparalleled experience. The program contrasts this with a chapter in Boston, exploring similar themes in a different cultural context and city identity.

“Where Broadway lights meet cobblestone alleys, the corridor from NYC to Boston is a journey through American history and the heartbeat of the East Coast.“


“Colonial whispers, modern strides, history at each crossroad.“


Impact Statement Everywhere we go, we carry a promise – to engage with respect, act with purpose, and leave a positive imprint. As envoys of our journey is more than travel; Our footprint is light, but our impact is profound, creating bridges of cooperation and mutual growth across the globe.

Day 1

An afternoon with a literary walking tour of Boston, including the Boston Public Library, delving into the city's 19th-century literary culture and its influence on American literature. Then, dinner in the North End, Boston's Italian neighborhood, offers a taste of the city's vibrant culture.

Day 2

We visit Concord and Lenox, Massachusetts, exploring homes of 19th-century writers. Starting at Walden Pond and Ralph Waldo Emerson's home, delving into the transcendentalist movement's natural inspirations. Later, Louisa May Alcott's Orchard House and a journey to North Adams for an overnight stay.

Day 3

Students explore contemporary art at MASS MoCA, delving into the work of established and emerging artists. Afternoon travels to Lenox for a visit to Edith Wharton's home, The Mount, exploring her writing career and the Gilded Age elite lifestyle. The day concludes with dinner in Lenox.

Day 4

Students visit the Mark Twain House and Museum in Hartford. In the afternoon, they explore the Harriet Beecher Stowe Center, gaining insights into her impact on social and political discourse through "Uncle Tom's Cabin”. The day concludes with travel to New York City in the evening.

Day 5

A writing workshop and literary discussion at the Center for Fiction, supporting their skills and fostering literary engagement. Later, we explore the New York Public Library, followed by a literary walk through Central Park. The day concludes with dinner in Greenwich Village.

Day 6

We visit the Morgan Library and Museum, featuring rare literature and historical works. Later, we explore Brooklyn Heights, visiting the homes of renowned writers like Truman Capote and Arthur Miller. The day ends with dinner in Brooklyn, immersing students in the borough's rich culture and cuisine.

Day 7

We visit the Langston Hughes House and Museum. At the Schomburg Center, we delve into archives related to African American history. Afternoon tours of homes belonging to notable New York writers offer insights into their creative processes. The day ends with dinner in iconic Harlem.

Day 8

Students visit literary magazine offices like The New Yorker, engaging in discussions with editors and writers to learn about the editorial and publishing processes. Afternoon activities include visits to iconic Manhattan bookstores and landmarks. The program concludes with dinner in New York City.

Day 9

On the final day of the program, students will have the morning free for some last-minute shopping or sightseeing before departing for home.

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Lenses of Inquiry


TRole of Place in Literature

Explore how writers' environments shape their work and how literature influences our perception of specific places. Visits to sites like Walden Pond, Louisa May Alcott's Orchard House, and The Mount show us how authors such as Thoreau, Alcott, and Wharton drew inspiration from their surroundings.


Writing Process & Expression

Explore the writing process and authors' use of language to convey ideas and emotions. Interactions with The New School's Writing Program, visits to landmarks, and events like the Brooklyn Book Festival, allow students to examine the creative process and how personal experiences shape expression.


Literature and Social Justice

Students explore how literature addresses social justice issues and drives change. Visits to the Harriet Beecher Stowe Center and the Langston Hughes House and Museum, along with discussions with literary magazine editors, provide insights into how literature serves as a tool for advocacy.


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