Brooklyn Botanic Garden Visit & Brunch


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A diverse group of Exchange Visitors attended the Garden outing
A diverse group of Exchange Visitors attended the Garden outing
Image by Allison Nichols

To mark the end of the summer season, InterExchange arranged a visit to the Brooklyn Botanic Garden for J-1 Visa participants in New York City. This gorgeous garden was founded in 1910 and is famous for its cherry blossoms, the Japanese Hill-and-Pond Garden, and the Cranford Rose Garden. It’s a very popular destination for New Yorkers and guests of the city.

The Japanese Hill-and-Pond Garden
The Japanese Hill-and-Pond Garden
Image by Allison Nichols

Just on the brink of fall, the garden was a delight as participants of all J-1 programs in NYC were invited to attend the event. InterExchange participants were joined by large groups of participants from the French American Chamber of Commerce and from Mountbatten Institute. The attendees were doing everything from interning at the UN, to au pairing in New Jersey, to training at technology start-ups, which made for a fantastically diverse group.

Roses in bloom
Roses in bloom
Image by Kristen Gartside

After we all arrived, participants split up into smaller groups to explore the gardens and soak in a little nature, even in the heart of the city! While it was a bit chilly to start off, it quickly became a gorgeous sunny day for a stroll in the gardens with new friends!

Having brunch at Tom’s Restaurant
Having brunch at Tom’s Restaurant
Image by Kristen Gartside

Shortly after, we headed out to Tom’s Restaurant, a 1930s restaurant famous for their delicious brunch. While waiting to be seated, the Tom’s staff gave out free French Toast sticks, bacon, and french fries. The small restaurant was really a treat and gave everyone a taste of the local life in Brooklyn.

Kristen Gartside Kristen Gartside

Kristen started at InterExchange Career Training USA in 2016 after returning from a year-long internship in London. She is thrilled to be able to help InterExchange participants embark on their very own internships abroad in the U.S. Kristen currently lives in New York City, holds a masters degree from the University of Oxford, and is hoping to travel to every corner of the globe.

U.S. Department of State-Designated J-1 Visa Sponsor
Alliance for International Exchange
Exclusive partner of the Erasmus Student Network for J-1 Visa sponsorship of internships in the U.S.
European-American Chamber of Commerce New York
Generation Study Abroad
Global Ties U.S.
International Au Pair Association
WYSE Travel Confederation