Author Archives: Ashley

Impeding Finals Doom

While it may only be Thanksgiving Eve as I am writing this, finals week(s) approaches quicker than it seems.  With only 3 weeks remaining, the idea of finals and studying can seem especially daunting amongst all of the holiday cheer and excitement.  There can be a lot of pressure to experience New York around this time because it is such a magical place.  I think it is especially important to create memories outside of school but also not slack on homework and hard work, specifically towards the end of the semester.  I highly recommend getting ahead on your work.  While this may seem easier said than done, it is important that you enjoy life’s moments in general, but also enjoy them totally stress free!

If you are reading this prior to November 28th, you’re in the clear!  If you’re reading this after November 28th, you’re not doomed either.  But my biggest advice is to take this upcoming weekend and really kick the homework mode into high gear.  Yes, you are most likely surrounded by family and friends for the holiday, but even if you have an hour or two to crank out some homework, DO IT!  With the Christmas Tree Lighting on December 2nd and the holiday markets and gift season in high gear starting December 1st, buckle down before the winter bug bites you!  Even if you can finish ONE class’ coursework, you’ll feel so much better going into the final weeks.  Since we don’t technically have an exam finals week, classes fluctuate in their last days.  Even if you begin to make notecards for the exam you have in 3 weeks, you’ll feel so much more accomplished than if you waited until the last minute.  You’ll be itching to go home and celebrate the holidays before you know it.  Every little bit helps!  Progress is progress!


Holiday Markets

With the holiday season in full swing, don’t just head to your regular Macy’s or Shops at Columbus Circle.  There are SO many opportunities to get unique gifts that your friends and family will love that you can’t find walking down 34th St.  I’m here to provide you with a list of some of the best markets and stores for gifts in the city!

  • Union Square Holiday Market
    • Unique gifts from individual vendors at this outdoor market
    • Location: Union Square Park
    • Now – December 24th
    • Weekday hours 11am – 8pm
    • Saturdays from 10am – 8pm
    • Sundays from 11am – 7pm
  • Columbus Circle Holiday Market
    • Similar to Union Square Holiday Market
    • Location: West 59th St & Central Park West
    • December 1st – December 24th
    • Monday through Saturday from 10am – 8pm
    • Sunday from 10am – 7pm
    • This store has a point of view like a magazine, changes like a gallery, and sells things like a store.  The current “story” is Home for the Holidays featuring extraordinary gifts perfect for everyone on your list
    • 144 10th Ave (19th St)
    • Now – End date TBD
    • Sunday-Monday: 11am – 7pm
    • Tuesday-Wednesday: 11am – 8:00pm
    • Thursday: 11am – 9pm
    • Friday-Saturday:11am – 8pm
  • Chelsea Market/Artists & Fleas
    • Always a crowd favorite, the permanent Chelsea Market never disappoints.  Stop into Artists & Fleas that features artists and shops that are uniquely New York.  The main part of Chelsea Market is not to be forgotten.  From grabbing a crepe for yourself at Bar Suzette to giving gourmet nuts from Nut Box, Chelsea Market has it all.
    • 75 9th Ave (15/16th St)
    • Chelsea Market Hours:
      • Monday – Saturday: 7am – 9pm
      • Sunday: 8am – 8pm
    • Artists & Fleas Hours:
      • Mon – Sat 10am – 9pm
      • Sun 10am – 8pm
  • Brooklyn Flea + Smorgasburg
    • If an indoor market in Brooklyn sounds appealing, Brooklyn Flea + Smorgasburg is the way to go.  Featuring 120 vendors and 60 food vendors, you could be there for hours!
    • 241 37th St, Brooklyn
    • Now – March 30th, 2016
    • Weekends 10am-6pm

Happy holiday shopping!


Supporting FIT Students

With the semester in high gear as we finish up the last couple of weeks, there are many exhibitions, displays, and events taking place across many of the art and design majors.  Being a junior photography major, I am a part of the BFA Photo Exhibit titled, “Lines of Sight.”  The show displays some of our work from the semester.  The opening reception is on Wednesday, November 18th from 6-8 pm in the lobby of the Feldman Center.  The work is up until December 11th.  Our entire semester as photography students have revolved around this show so any support is greatly appreciated!  More information is below!

If you are reading this as a prospective student, I highly recommend coming to see student work.  It is a great source of inspiration as well as a chance to see what you could be creating and doing as a student at FIT!  Supporting other students as a student is incredibly important.  We are all trying to make it in this industry and as cheesy as it sounds, we can’t always be comparing ourselves to the next person or be in constant competition with one another.  At the end of the day, a fellow student could be hiring you for a job or you could be hiring someone else.  There are so many different lines of work within each major and you never know where you’ll end up.  So with that, be kind, support one another, and focus on your goals.

BFA Photography Show

BFA Photography Show


UrbanSpace Vanderbilt

Today, I finally headed over to the brand new UrbanSpace Vanderbilt located at East 45th St and Vanderbilt Avenue.  UrbanSpace Vanderbilt is a permanent food hall with all your favorite restaurants that you usually see at the temporary food events from UrbanSpace Madison Sq. Eats and Broadway Bites.  It is conveniently located right near Grand Central which is perfect for all of you Metro North commuters!  The open space and abundance of options is perfect for a casual date spot, lunch or dinner on the go, or a nice place to unwind with some grub.

Some of the vendors include the classic New York City food icons such as Dough, Roberta’s, Ovenly, Sigmunds, and my favorite, Two Tablespoons.  The endless options and menu items are perfect for picky eaters.  UrbanSpace Vanderbilt is one of the first markets of its kind to give you so much variety in a condensed space.  The vastness of markets like Chelsea Market can be overwhelming, with each store having their own seating and “store.”  With UrbanSpace Vanderbilt, you get the feel of each individual vendor within a small market.  If you would like to check out more information, visit in person or check out


College Investments

When entering your freshman year, you all of a sudden feel like a 5 year old child again, diligently following the rules and being paranoid that you’re going to get in trouble.  You also feel like you need to buy EVERYTHING JUST IN CASE.  But I’m here to help you swallow your nervousness and inform you about what you should invest time and money in so that you can succeed!


  • A sturdy umbrella.  You may think that the rain won’t be that bad or you can just rush to where you’re going or stand under scaffolding.  I’m warning you now…the rain will come and your $6 umbrella with polka dots from Target will not save you from the downpours.  Get an umbrella that truly locks into place and go Mary Poppins on you with one gust of wind.
  • Shoes.  I cannot stress this enough.  You don’t think you’re going to walk that much, but you do.  You’re going to want a pair of shoes for each type of weather and ones that are comfortable!  Rain boots may not be the most fashionable, but they will keep you dry during the rainy and snowy months.
  • Socks.  While this may sound silly, thick and warm socks are a beautiful gift.  When winter rolls around and you’re waiting to see the Rockefeller Christmas Tree light up, you can thank Grandma for those knitted wool socks from 2012.
  • A locker.  If you are a commuter student and going home for lunch in between classes seems daunting or impossible, get a locker!  You can store your textbooks, personal items, and school supplies in there year round.  Nothing is worse than forgetting something at home or wishing that you had somewhere to put something in a rush.
  • Portable Charger.  I cannot tell you how many times I’ve been running low on my phone battery and needed to charge it.  While most people carry their cords with them everywhere, a portable charger is handy when you don’t have a plug, on the go, or don’t want to bug someone to use theirs.


  • Computer Software.  If you are living in the dorms your freshman year, I highly recommend waiting to purchase all of the hefty software used for editing and designing until the library isn’t easily accessible to you.  The library has amazing hours during the week and there is a 24 hour computer lab available as well.  Every computer at FIT has the necessary software used in your classes.  Save yourself the Creative Cloud debt and wait.
  • Textbooks & School Supplies.  DO NOT…I repeat…DO NOT buy your textbooks before classes start unless your professor has told you otherwise.  Half of the textbooks and “required” supplies, I have NEVER used.  I could’ve saved so much money if I had just purchased the items when I needed it.
  • EVERYTHING.  Many stores whether they advertise it or not have student discounts.  Just ask the cashier if they do and a lot of the time, you’ll get very lucky!  Who says being a student doesn’t have its perks?

Happy savings!