AGBU NYSIP 2015: The End is Near! Week 6 in Review

Monday, July 20th, 2015 – Village Vanguard

On Monday, a group of interns treated themselves to a night of music at the New York legendary jazz club, the Village Vanguard.  Located in the heart of New York’s West Village, this club has hosted legendary jazz musicians by John Coltrane and Sonny Rollins for 80 years.  Performing that night was the Grammy-award-winning Vanguard Jazz Orchestra, playing standards and original compositions by the band’s founders Mel Lewis and Thad Jones.

Interns also enjoyed meeting the musicians after the set, in particular tenor sax player Ralph Lalama. It was a great night and a wonderful way to beat the Monday “blues.”

Tuesday, July 21st, 2015 – It’s a Trainwreck

Tuesday night took our interns to the local movie theater to see comedian Amy Schumer’s  new romance comedy , Trainwreck, a story about a woman  navigating life and love in New York City. Interns did not stop laughing throughout the entirety of this sold-out film.

Wednesday, July 22nd, 2015 – Repat Armenia with Raffi Kassardjian

On Wednesday, the CEO of Repat Armenia, Raffi Kassardjian led a discussion with NYSIP interns at the AGBU Central Office.  He opened the discussion by sharing his personal story that led him to move his family to Yerevan, Armenia.  He discussed the relationship between the country of Armenia and the Diasporan communities, and answered questions asked by the interns.  To learn more about the work of Repat Armenia, visit their website at

Friday, July 24th, 2015 – Everyone is Kung Fu Eating

Dim Sum, Dumplings, and Duck pancakes – our interns had a smorgasboard of items from this popular authentic Chinese walk-up known as Prosperity Dumplings. Made fresh to order, we watched as the cooks in the kitchen expertly prepared the dumplings one at a time. To burn off their calories, the group enjoyed a walk around New York City’s Chinatown.

Saturday, July 25th, 2015 – Water Fight and MoMA PS1

Saturday was an exciting day for our interns. We headed toLong IslandCityfor an outdoor art exhibit and music festival at MoMAPS1. Recommended as an activity by one of our interns, the event was a favorite amongst the rest of the group.  MoMAPS1 is programmed by a curatorial committee selected by the museum to represent a wide spectrum of expertise and experience in music, sound, and the performing arts, resulting in a unique lineup of artists that explore, interpret, and combine genres. The interns loved hearing the artists while taking in the art.

Sunday, July 26th, 2015 – Visit to the New York Armenian Home and  Mets v. Dodgers game at CitiField

To connect deeper with the Armenian community in the greater New York area, our interns journeyed out to Flushing, Queens to visit the New York Armenian Home.  With flowers in hand, each intern sat with a resident of the home and learned more about the amazing lives and legacies of the older generation.  One group of interns spent their time with a World War II veteran, while another intern provided some musical entertainment and played the piano for the residents.  The elderly took interest in our interns lives and our interns enjoyed the older men and women’s company.

After the visit to the New York Armenian Home, interns then headed to CitiField to watch the New York Mets take on the Los Angeles Dodgers .  Thanks to the generosity of the Dr. Levon Nazarian family, we watched the game from a box suite right behind home plate.  Our group was divided, with many local interns rooting for the NYMets, while our West Coast interns showed their support of the Dodgers.  The game was exciting, making it into extra innings.  Ultimately the Mets beat the Dodgers 3-2.  Many thanks to the Nazarian family for hosting us – it was a blast!


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