Category Archives: Events in NYC

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

Ashley

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 http://urbanspacevanderbilt.com/.

Ashley

Notes From the 6 Train: Dias De Muertos

This young talented dancer caught my eye during her performance at the event "Noche de Altares", a celebration of Dia de Los Muertos (Day of the Dead)

This young talented dancer caught my eye during her performance at the event “Noche de Altares”, a celebration of Dia de Los Muertos (Day of the Dead)

Halloween can be tough, as it’s a time people openly disrespect a plethora of groups and communities through completely disrespectful cultural appropriation. I’m not suggesting to stop learning about other cultures, that would be absurd. We live in New York City, that’s kind of the whole point of living in this city! But there are ways to do in a tasteful, respectful and fun way, and in ways that will probably help you learn more about the traditions, culture more than dressing in some ridiculously offensive costume.

With that being said, is Halloween not your thing but you still want to blow of some steam this weekend once midterms conclude?

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I am doing art management/ direction for a performance piece on Halloween, so I won’t be doing much socializing. However, I am excited to say that I am celebrating my first Dia de Muertos! Dia de Muertos is a traditional Mexican tradition that takes place on November 1-2, in which families honor their dead by setting up alters, visiting their graves, and celebrating their lives.

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There is a Dias de Muertos festival being held this weekend by Mano a Mano, a cultural organization that focuses on Mexican culture. Below is the link to their website to learn more, as well a link to a video by Amanda Sternberg, the Hunger Games actress, where she talks about in depth about cultural appropriation.

What are you doing when midterms release it’s grips on you? Comment below.

With Color, Love & Fashion,
Aya

http://www.buzzfeed.com/emaoconnor/rue-just-perfectly-defined-cultural-appropriation#.llWBQK9PxB

http://www.dayofthedead.nyc/

Are you ready to fight?

I recently won a free month membership to the UFC gym down in Soho!  I am incredibly excited to try out all of the different classes that are available!  I’m here to tell you all about the perks about having a membership at UFC Soho!  (This is my honest opinion!)

  • Memberships to the gym INCLUDE classes!  A lot of the time, gym memberships charge you for you classes in addition to your regular membership.  Not at UFC!
  • You can walk into any class…no signing up required!  No more tedious accounts, registering for classes, or worrying that someone is going to take your spot.  You can attend what classes work for you!
  • Over 50 classes available each week for you to take!
  • Don’t like group fitness classes?  UFC still has you covered with a fully equipped gym and trainers ready to help you one on one.
  • It’s a 24 HOUR GYM Monday-Friday and 8 am – 6 pm on Saturday and Sunday.  Your gym time on your own time!
  • UFC Soho is fully furnished with a locker room and showers, but be sure to bring your own lock or purchase one at the front desk.
  • Want to rep UFC Soho from head to toe?  They have a shop at the front desk with products ranging from wraps and gloves to water bottles and tshirts!
  • Everyone is incredibly friendly, despite the UFC stereotypes.  Everyone is down to earth and happy to help you!

Not sure if you want to commit to the gym?  Get your free gym pass here!

Ashley

A Luxury Market

Calling all business and Technology students!

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On Wednesday October 21, 2015 join FIT in welcoming five top CEO’s and CMOs from the fashion, retail, cosmetics, and luxury arenas. It is from 5:30-7:30 in the Katie Murphy Amphitheater . Companies will be including Sony music, Gilt, Marvin Traub and more.

In order to attend this event you must RSVP by Friday October 16th to businesstechnology@FITNYC.EDU.

I will be attending and hope to meet some new people. This is going to be a great panel provoking insightful conversation with industry leaders whose business it is to know, lead and profit by staying ahead of the game. Not to mention its a great time just to network with professors and other FIT students!
Hope to see you there!

Xoxo

Kailee