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Semester Activities

Welcome Back Everyone!

I hope you all were able to enjoy your breaks. It definitely felt nice to rejuvenate and prepare for spring semester! In doing so, I have thought about how to make the best of my last semester at FIT. Before assignments and projects kick in, I love to take advantage of what FIT and New York City have to offer. As this is my last spring living in Manhattan (sigh…), I was thinking of of my favorite activities, and things I am yet to try. Here are a few ideas you might want to try too!

FIT Fitness Classes:
FIT offers free athletics/fitness classes, which do not require prior registration. Classes are offered in different categories, such as spin classes, cardio classes, open gym classes, and so on. While athletics classes are a requirement for some majors, not everyone gets the opportunity to try them out. My goal is to try the kickboxing and spin classes before I graduate. Have any of you tried them? I would love to know your thoughts!

NYC Restaurant Week:
Every year, popular restaurants in the city participate in restaurant week. For special, fixed lunch and dinner prices, restaurants offer preset menus to try. A few years back, I tried the fixed dinner at Riverpark in east Manhattan. My friends and I were able to pick from the different options for a three course meal. My main dish was a pumpkin pesto pasta- not only was this delicious, but it was something I never would have thought to try on my own! This is the perfect opportunity to try some new food (for a reasonable price) that you might not have otherwise!

Groupons!:
Recently, a friend and I found an awesome deal for a spa groupon in Koreatown. Before the craziness of the semester begins, my friend and I were able to unwind and spend the day at the different sauna rooms and hot tubs. This is something I would have never done on my own, (especially once my school work picks-up) if I had not seen the offer. Groupon is always promoting different discounts to fun and unique outings. Sometimes, there are even opportunities for additional student discounts- keep an eye out!

These are just a few, unique ideas to make the most of your semester. Of course, we all put all lot of time and energy into school and our work; it is important to take time to enjoy all FIT and the city has to offer! Balance is key, right? What do you all like do make time for during the semester.

Happy first week,
Annmarie x

Treat Yourself: Bryant Park Winter Village

Hey Guys,

Have you ever heard of the Winter Village at Bryant Park? With finals season in full swing and the holidays around the corner, it is important to take a minute to enjoy the season! The Winter Village is one of my favorite places to go to during the holiday season. The park is usually less congested than the Rockefeller Center tree, and showcases a tree of its own.

It is easy to make a night of fun at Bryant Park. At the center of the Winter Village there is a large ice rink. Spend time skating the rink with friends or (like me) sit this one out and enjoy some cocoa instead. Surrounding the rink are various vendors, restaurants, and of course, the tree! Vendors like Max Brenner (and their delicious, liquid gold hot chocolate) are all around the rink. Enjoy eats from around Manhattan, such as Wafels and Dinges, Home Frite, Domo Taco, Doughnuttery and more! Need to get some holiday shopping done? Bryant Park has a gift for every person in your life. The vendors range from apparel to jewelry, to even artwork! There are so many unique gifts to check out, and a ton of ornament shops as well. My favorite thing to do at Bryant Park is grab some cocoa and look through the shops. I always love looking at the different ornaments and stopping at all the art vendors. Do not forget to take a seat and watch the skaters, or snap a pic in front of the tree! Bryant Park Winter Village is open from October 28, 2017 to January 2, 2018. Be sure to grab a winter treat and check it out!

-Annmarie x


soruce:(x) – Photograph: Courtesy Bryant Park Corporation

 

Illustration Department Featured at UN

Happy Thanksgiving Everyone!

I hope you all had a happy and healthy holiday with your loved ones. What makes art so incredible is that there are so many different purposes for creating. Whether it be work for clientele, personal satisfaction, or work to raise awareness, art has the power to be extremely impactful. The Illustration Department at FIT recently created artwork to raise crucial awareness about the state of the planet’s climate, specifically the ocean’s. The Ocean Climate Conference at U.N. (from June 5th-9th) focused on ways to “conserve and sustainably use the oceans, seas and marine resources for sustainable development.” Their goal is to improve the condition of the ocean for not only the people, but for the planet and its lifespan.

Emi Anderson (displayed below) worked on a project to specifically raise awareness about plastic pollution in the oceans of our planet. Her project was presented at the conference. The image portrays a woman holding a whale underwater, with pollution scattered in the atmosphere around her.


Others student work was displayed at the German Missions in the United States on the United Nations Plaza. The two students are  Julia Rios and Rachel Lim, students of the Illustration Department. The exhibition was apart of a much larger exhibition, the Green Bauhaus Communications Project, where ten posters from FIT (the only school representing the U.S.) were a part of the 300 displayed in the show. You can read more about the displayed artwork here. There are images of some of the other artwork displayed as well! It is incredible to see students create artwork that portrays such a meaningful message.

Until Next Time,
Annmarie X

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Happy Friendsgiving!

Hello there!

So last year I wrote a post all about different ideas you could do for Friendsgiving. This year I thought I would switch it up and talk about what I’m planning on doing during the thanksgiving holidays. And maybe who knows might give you some inspiration to do the same.

This year I decided to go away, but like most of us I didn’t want to spend a lot. My friend and I wanted to pick a place that was not too close from Manhattan, but not too far either. We came to the conclusion that Washington D.C. would be a great idea. I’ve never been to Washington D.C., and researching more about it, there was a list of things to do. Washington has some of the best museums and it’s literally only a 4 hour bus ride from Manhattan. In total we spend $64 for the bus ticket, and picked a hostel right in the center and paid $29. Honestly, I was shocked that I paid under $100 to go to Washington (for some reason it felt so much further) and stay over night. This would never be the case where I live, the train ticket in itself would be more than $100. Anyways, if you are feeling a little homesick, or need a little break from school and the city, I would highly suggest taking a short one day or two day trip to a city close by. For example, a few weeks ago I went to Philadelphia by bus for really cheap and it was amazing. I feel so closed off living here in New York, it feels like the center of the world and I forget that there are cities so close, that are incredible too.

Happy Thanksgiving!

xoxo

-Z

Holiday Window Displays 2017:

It’s that time of year again! Before the turkeys are on dinner tables, window displays at iconic New York City department stores are already bringing in Christmas cheer. New York City is known for jaw-dropping holiday visuals, and here are a few I think are worthy of checking out this holiday season!

Bergdorf Goodman, Fifth Avenue –

The display pays homage to seven of New York City’s well-know cultural institutions such as the American Museum of Natural History, the Brooklyn Academy of Music, The New York Botanical Gardens, and the New-York Historical Society. It captures the city’s appreciation for art, history, music, and film with their presentation entitled, “To New York With Love”. As onlookers peruse the windows, they can expect to see displays featuring bejeweled dinosaurs, a large-screen montage of black-and-white films clips, soft-sculpture plant life, neon musical instruments, papier-mâché portraits and sculptures, and signature glass objects.

Macy’s, 34th Street –

Despite tough times for department-store chains, Macy’s has once again shown what it can do when it comes to the magic of the holidays. This year’s window theme is “The Perfect Gift Brings People Together.” The department store has six holiday windows on Broadway and 18 other windows,  including the perennial “Yes Virginia, There is a Santa Claus,” which has had a place of honor for the last 10 years. One window features a Christmas tree as the centerpiece at home Another captures the busy city with an ice skating rink. A third has Santa as a theater conductor during a holiday show.

Lord & Taylor, Fifth Avenue –

Features five animated windows along with fashion windows and an additional 13 smaller windows filled with holiday flair at Lord & Taylor. Each incorporates snow globes to help tell the story. The windows depict a circus scene, polar bears playing in the Arctic and Santa’s workshop. The Lord & Taylor windows are built off-site and take six months to create starting from the vision to the final production. Up to 75 different skilled tradespeople work to put the windows including carpenters, electricians, and skilled painters.

Saks Fifth Avenue –

Saks Fifth Avenue celebrates the 80th year of Disney’s Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs with its 14 animated holiday window displays along Fifth Avenue this year. Each window features a different scene from the popular fairy tale, including Snow White dancing with the woodland creatures, the Seven Dwarfs coming home from the diamond caves and the Wicked Queen and the poisonous red apple.