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Weekend Travel to Boston

You’d be surprised how many places you can travel to on a budget and without a car.  A few weeks ago, I was able to visit Boston and I did not have a big budget going into the trip.  Here are some of my quick tips if you want to make a trip up to the historic city.

  • Take a Megabus from NYC.  I was able to take a $30 round trip megabus that drops you off near the financial district in Boston, located near metro stops, buses, and an easy location to take an uber to and from.
  • Set your budget beforehand.  If you know how much you can spend, stay within that limit.  Look up restaurants and attractions that you want to see and approximately how much those events will cost and factor all of that into your budget.
  • Pack snacks and entertainment.  It can’t be a long bus ride, especially with the not-so-great wifi available on the Megabus.  Download a movie beforehand, bring a book, and above all, bring snacks for the trip there and back to avoid paying absurd prices at the bus station.
  • Visit Quincy Market.  Located near the water, the indoor/outdoor market filled with shops, boutiques, LOTS of clam chowder and ice cream.  You’ll be sure to find something for everybody!
  • Give yourself extra time.   The streets in Boston are some of the most confusing roads to drive on.  Like New York, there’s almost always traffic, except this time, there’s no helpful grid.  Factor in at least an additional 15 minutes and if you’re driving, make sure you have enough gas in the tank!

Ashley

Upcoming Food Events

New York is known for the abundant amounts of food, restaurants, and the most outlandish food combinations.  With spring right around the corner, food festivals and events are popping up everywhere at the end of this month.  Here are some of the highlights of what you have to look forward to:

NYC Dessert Fest:
What: 20+ dessert vendors, a free candy bar, and a rooftop.  What more could you ask for?
When: March 25th-26th
Where: 64 Dobbin Street, Brooklyn
Price: $15-50

LIC Flea & Food Opening Day:
What: Food market vendors and handmade goods
When: Opening April 8th and 9th
Where: 5-25 46th Ave, Long Island City, Queens
Price: $0 for entry, varies from vendor

Smorgasburg Opening Day:
What: The iconic food flea market in Brooklyn is BACK, featuring over 100+ vendors
When: Opening April 1st-2nd
Where: Williamsburg’s East River Park (Kent Ave and North 7th Street) on Saturdays/Prospect Park’s Breeze Hill on Sundays
Price: $0 for entry, varies from vendor

Ben & Jerry’s Free Cone Day:
What: The most wonderful day of the year where Ben & Jerry’s gives out free cones
When: April 4th, 12 PM – 8 PM
Where: Your local Ben and Jerry’s
Price: $0

Madison Square Eats Opening Day:
What: An outdoor food vendor market located in Madison Square Park
When: Opens April 29th, open 7 days a week
Where: Madison Square Park, 5th Ave between 26th and 25th St.
Price: $0 for entry, varies from vendor

Happy dining!

Ashley

 

NYC Food Truck Fest

Hello there! Hope you all had a great week. Midterms are slowly starting to creep up on us, and that means sleepless nights, lots of coffee and stress. And those combined is a recipe for disaster. That’s why we shouldn’t forget to enjoy ourselves and take a break once in a while too. A suggestion for something to do this weekend is the NYC Food Truck Fest.

If you love food, shopping and discovering local artists, you’ll enjoy the NYC Food Truck Fest. It’s basically a huge market on the Upper West Side, with tons of small vendors selling one-of-a-kind goods, and let’s not forget the 12 gourmet food trucks. The event is on Sunday, March 12th, from 10:00 am – 5:30 pm. Location is Grand Bazaar NYC, 100 West 77th Street. Admission is free, but you can donate. 100% of Grand Bazaar NYC’s profits are donated to four local public schools.

Who’s coming: Luke’s Lobster, The Empanada Sonata, Stuf’d truck, Neapolitan Express, Gorilla Cheese NYC, Carl’s Steaks, Sweet Chilli NYC, Mac Truck, Souvlaki GR, Big D’s Grub Truck, Yankee Doodle Dandy, Crepe Crew & Crepe Truck.

xoxo

-Zorya

Restaurant Spotlight: By Chloe

FIT is very lucky to be surrounded by incredible restaurants within walking distance of campus.  One of my favorite hotspots is By Chloe, an all vegan fast-casual restaurant located on 22nd St and 6th Avenue.  When you read “vegan restaurant,” you may think you’re only getting salads and vegetables, however, By Chloe is the furthest thing from that.  The menu does feature salads, but there are also burgers, desserts, and even vegan mac and cheese.

By Chloe Flatiron (Image: eatbychloe.com)

By Chloe has several locations and has been expanding throughout the city, with a location opening soon near Rockefeller Center!  By Chloe doesn’t neglect the gluten-free folks either, with almost all menu items able to be modified to be gluten free!  I highly recommend the Spicy Thai salad, smashed avocado toast, and chocolate chip cookie while you are there!  It can be fairly busy around lunch time, especially on the weekends, but feel free to carry out and dine at the nearby Madison Square Park!  To find out more about By Chloe, visit http://eatbychloe.com/

Happy dining!

Ashley

The Lowline Is Closing

Hello there!

Being part of the Honors program, every student has to do three extra curricular activities each semester. After a while you come out of ideas of things to do and see. This week we got an email informing us that the Lowline was closing on the weekend and it would be our last change to go see it. Researching the Lowline online I saw pictures, which looked really beautiful, and convinced me to go there this weekend with a fellow scholar. It’s basically the opposite of the Highline, instead it’s an underground park that you can walk around in. I really think it would be a great extra curricular activity to go see before it’s no more. I’ll also let you guys know my thoughts and post a few pictures of the Lowline after I went, in an upcoming post.

If you don’t know what to do this weekend and also have to complete some kind of extra curricular activity, I would really recommend giving it a shot and going there before it closes. The address is: 140 Essex Street.

xoxo

-Zorya