Category Archives: Off Campus

Window Watching in NYC!



That means it’s time to window shop watch, here in the city! 

New York City’s stores are recognized for their spectacular window displays and decorations. Here are a few that are worth taking a look at if you are in the area!

1. Macy’s (Nov. 20th – Jan. 4th) – Macy’s is dedicating its window displays this year to Charles Schultz’s cartoon creations. Each of the store’s six Broadway-facing windows hosts a display depicting the holiday adventures of the Peanuts crew.

2. Saks Fifth Ave (Nov. 23rd – Jan. 4th) – Saks is filling its windows with wintery versions of some of the world’s greatest natural and man-made wonders. On top of that, they transformed the entire front of the store into a winter palace complete with crystal spires and a light show involving more than 225,000 illuminated elements!

3. Bergdorf Goodman (Nov. 17th – Jan. 4th) – Bling bling! Swarovski studded this year in honor of the crystal maker’s 120th anniversary. More than 7 million Swarovskis were used to create the display, with each window presenting a different crystalline theme: a prismatic cave, bedazzled suits of armor and life-size lions and a birthday ballroom with every cake and gift coated in crystals.


Free Events in NYC this December

Hey everyone!

I do not know about you but getting closer to the holidays I do not have a lot of extra money to spare so I am always looking for free events. I recently came across a few that I know everyone really enjoys and some that are brand new.

The Holiday Shops at Bryant Park –Midtown West – Until January 3, 2016

Francis Bacon: Late Paintings – Gagosian Gallery, Lenox Hill Until December 12, 2015

On view are paintings produced by Bacon during the last 20 years of his life. Bacon was known for his screaming popes and writhing figures, but his late-career paintings are somewhat more refined, with visceral brushwork giving way to spray paint, and brighter colors supplanting dark tones.

Rockafeller Center Tree Lighting Ceremony – December 2, 2015 – Midtown West

Proceedings start at 7:00pm, but you will want to get there as early as you can to secure a spot. The actual lighting takes place at the end of the program; most of the two-hour event is devoted to celebrity performances.

Target First Saturday – Brooklyn Museum, Prospect Park – Saturday December 5, 2015

The revered Brooklyn institution stays open late and waives admission on the first Saturday of every month. Attendees can take in performances and lectures, go on guided tours or sip wine between gallery browsing

Medium of Desire: An international Anthology of Photography and Video- Soho, December 17, 2015 – March 16, 2016

Fourteen artists from nine countries bridges cultural differences with the unifying theme of desire.



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!


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


Online Classes Vs. Actual Class

Hey everyone,


So recently I have come to a time in my FIT career where I am given the opportunity to work full time while I am finishing up my last few semesters. Being an ITM major I am given the opportunity to take majority of my classes online. Since I live in New Jersey and I waste about 10 hours a week back and forth commuting I thought it might be a great idea to only take online classes next semester.

So have taken a lot of online classes at school before I know what to expect but the question is do you? When choosing to take an online class you need to ask yourself a few questions:

  • Are you able to push yourself to do work when not in a physical classroom?
  • Do you learn better in groups or alone?
  • Even though you take an online class do you have enough time to devote to doing so, online classes tend to take the same amount of time if not more.
  • Are you able to self motivate?

Before fully committing to a fully online schedule I do suggest you take a class here or there to see if it is for you. I personally love them especially because I can work at my own pace and I often work ahead. So next semester will you be interested in taking an online class?