I know. They want $1600/class, plus lodging. I just can't believe that there isn't something within the NYC metro area, especial with the various music schools.
I finally gave up, and purchased some inexpensive flutes from the thrift shop, and started taking them apart on my own, with the Phalen book as a guide. I'm waiting for the pads to come.3 Between the book and You-Tube, I expect that I'll eventually become proficient, though not as quickly as if I had taken a real class.
I've enjoyed it, but I enjoy puzzles. If one doesn't enjoy puzzles, do not even try it.