American Homestay Network New York/New Jersey
The Big Apple, as it is fondly known, New York is the largest city in the United States. You will enjoy exploring the many boroughs of the city. Each has it’s own unique culture and feel. Catch a show on Broadway or visit the historic Ellis Island and the Statue of Liberty. New York has some of the finest universities in the country including Columbia, Juilliard, and Pratt Institute. Come enjoy the city that never sleeps!
Just over the river you will find New Jersey. The garden state is known for it’s beautiful coast, lush landscapes, and rich history. You will find fantastic universities and colleges including Princeton University, Rutgers University, Bergen Community College and Montclair State University. Take a break from the big city and enjoy all that New Jersey has to offer!
Fun Facts About New York and New Jersey
- Madison Square Park, Washington Square Park, Union Square Park, and Bryant Park used to be cemeteries.
- New York City has the largest Chinese population of any city outside of Asia.
- New York City’s 520-mile coastline is longer than those of Miami, Boston, Los Angeles, and San Francisco combined.
- On a clear day, the Empire State Building offers 80 miles of visibility, which encompasses parts of New York, Connecticut, Massachusetts, New Jersey and Pennsylvania.
- The first organized baseball game was played in Hoboken, NJ in 1846.
- The properties in the United States version of the board game Monopoly are named after the streets of Atlantic City.
- New Jersey was the first state to sign the Bill of Rights.
- New Jersey is one of only two states where it is illegal to pump your own gas.
- New Jersey has 127 miles of coastline on the Atlantic Ocean.
Colleges in New York and New Jersey
The Juilliard School
Programs: Dance, Acting, Guitar, Jazz Studies
Interesting fact: Juilliard maintains an inventory of 253 Steinway pianos, the largest collection of any institution in the world.
Programs: Engineering, Medicine, Law, Business, International and Public Affairs
Interesting Fact: President Barack Obama graduated from Columbia.
Borough of Manhattan Community College
Programs: Small Business Entrepreneurship, Forensic Accounting, Business Administration, Language Immersion for International Students
Interesting Fact: Has students from over 100 different countries.
Programs: Economics, Political Science and Government, Molecular Biology, Psychology, Public Policy Analysis
Interesting Fact: On Nov. 6, 1869, the first American intercollegiate football game was played between Princeton and Rutgers.
Programs: Psychology, Speech Communication and Rhetoric, Biological Sciences, Economics, Political Science and Government
Interesting Fact: PRutgers has been involved in 45 start-up companies, including 33 in New Jersey. There are some 400 technologies available for licensing from Rutgers.
Explore The City
Try a Meetup!
Meetup.com is a collection of groups that put on events called meetups. You can join groups based on your interests. It is a great way to meet new people in New York and New Jersey. Here are few groups to start out with:
NYC has 4 seasons and can get really hot and humid in the summer and very cold in the winter. There will be a lot of snow in the winter so pack your snow boots and scarves!
New Jersey has varied weather that includes snow, thunderstorms and 100 degree heat. Pack your all weather gear!
History and Demographics
Take a moment to learn about how the big apple started, how New Jersey got it’s name, and about the wonderful people that live there today.