The new restaurant, Eatsa has made its way to New York City, located at 285 Madison Ave (41st St). I managed to stumble across it while I was walking around the city and I immediately fell in love. When you walk in, you are greeted by very kind staff members assisting you if you have never been inside before. There was a row of touch-screen devices where you go and place your order. They have pre-set meal options such as various quinoa bowls and salads, but you are also able to customize it yourself.
The restaurant allows for zero communication between the cooking staff and the customers dining. You pay on the touch screen with your debit or credit card prior to heading over to the cubbies where it states your name on it. The cubbie will illuminate when your order is ready and your touch on the cubbie will open the door where your food awaits you.
Conveniently for New Yorkers, you are also able to place an order on your phone and go into the restaurant, find your cubby and head out the door with your food. Not only is the restaurant concept convenient, the food is absolutely delicious! I will be making many trips to Eatsa this semester!
This fall, the brick wall on FIT’s 28th Street side got a makeover with student paintings and poems that reflect the uncertain world we live in. The interdisciplinary project came to life after Amy Lemmon, professor of English and Communication Studies, read one of her poems at the Academic Open Mic, a biannual event that brings together faculty from across FIT’s diverse curriculum to share creative and scholarly achievements.
Lemmon’s poem reads:
“That was it, the time we had
no alternative but had to walk past
the site, the fright of shrapnel, and we might
glaze over it’s been so long
since we felt safe—
we are never safe, never safe”
Dan Shefelman, assistant professor of Illustration, was inspired by the poem, and together they came up with #BrickFIT: the words of student poets would share wall space with paintings by fourth-year Illustration students. “There’s a close connection between illustration and ideas,” Shefelman says. “I’ve always felt that an illustration department should be working with writers, and this was a perfect fit.”
Proof that words are POWERFUL. Thanks for the inspiration, FIT!
Starting in November, FIT was working in conjunction with the nonprofit New York Cares on its annual Coat Drive leading up to the new year. The organization’s city-wide effort aims to collect 125,000 coats each year and distribute them to New Yorkers who need them most in the colder months. The Coat Drive has been running for 27 years, having collected and distributed 1.7 million winter coats to date. Boxes were placed in all building lobbies where members of the community could drop off donations.
The Department of Public Safety partnered with New York Cares to initiate FIT’s first-ever coat drive to help homeless New Yorkers. The college’s drive was from November 20th to December 20th. The department is proud to report that a total of 104 coats were donated to the New York Cares distribution center on behalf of FIT.
Great participation, FIT! For more information about New York Cares and how to get involved, click here.
Hope all your finals are going well so far… As we all know we don’t only have to worry about finals, but Christmas shopping too. What gifts to get, who to gift them too etc. Each year I wait last minute to do all my Christmas shopping, and every year I freak out, because I don’t know what to get and I’m under time pressure.
The other day I was close to Chelsea Market and decided to go in. Best decision ever! Literally if you don’t know what to get your friends and family, you’ll definitely find something there. There are tones of small little markets, who sell really unique and one of a kind products. I feel like anything you get there would make a perfect gift, because it’s things you don’t find everywhere. Also if you want to get into the Christmas spirit, walking under all the fairy lights and stands, will put you in the mood!
There is nothing more that I love than to see the brilliant and creative minds at FIT come together to create something breathtaking.
“Kaleidoscope Dream,” a student-produced fashion show by Runway27, lived up to its name in November, sending models down the runway wearing every color of the rainbow. While the vibrant styling drew the crowd’s attention, the real stars of the show were working behind the scenes, wearing all black.
Runway27, a student club comprising students from the School of Art and Design, the School of Liberal Arts, and the Jay and Patty Baker School of Business and Technology, works year round to put on this annual show. Splitting into three committees—merchandising, production, and public relations—students gain hands-on experience, learning the ins and outs of the business. The final looks were from both FIT’s own student designers and industry sponsors, including Sam Edelman, Calvin Klein, and other fashion companies.
Congratulations to Runway27 for yet another spectacular evening!