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Holiday Festivities

The holiday season is among us, which means it’s a great time to explore the city looking for the best activities and spots for gifts!  Every single year, New York lights up with holiday cheer and anticipation for the big New Year festivity.  Here are some of my favorite spots to feel the excitement of the holiday time:

  • Rockefeller Center: While this can be incredibly busy, overwhelming, and filled with tourists, it is a truly iconic symbol of the holiday time in New York.  If you haven’t witnessed the beauty of the tree and the excitement of the vast skating rink, it is definitely a spot that you have to check off your bucket list.
  • Winter Village at Bryant Park: This spot is a New York classic, only second to Rockefeller Center.  The Winter Village at Bryant Park not only has a beautiful ice skating rink, but about 100 shops and eateries to delight your tastebuds and find the perfect gifts for families and friends.
  • STORYThis is far from your usual shopping experience.  STORY is a retail store that changes “themes” or “stories” every few months, rotating out inventory that fits with the theme of the store at that time.  This winter’s story (now – December 31st) is “Home for the Holidays” which has all of the unique holiday gifts you could ever ask for.  It truly is one of a kind and you could easily do all of your holiday shopping in the single store.
  • Union Square Holiday Market: This market is hands-down one of my FAVORITE markets in all of New York.  Not only is it easily accessible and conveniently located in Union Square, it radiates the joy and excitement of the holiday time.  It is packed to the brim with stores and small restaurant booths.

Happy holidays!

Ashley

L.E.S Galleries with an Art Curator

Hey there! Last week was a really exciting day, because it was the first time I’ve been gallery hopping in New York, I know it’s crazy! I went with my friend who is an art curator, she explained to me what her job consist of and what she looks at when picking art. It was really interesting getting to listen to her talk and make comments about paintings. Usually gallery exhibitions tend to have only contemporary art, which isn’t really my thing, but it was great hearing my friend tell me why she loved the art pieces, which made me appreciate them more.

Gallery hopping in the Lower East Side is really fun and supper trendy. There are bars, coffee shops and restaurants all along the streets, and in between you’ll discover tiny galleries. I really loved this experience and if you’re someone who loves art and discovering new artist, I highly recommend going gallery hopping either in LES or Chelsea, I prefer LES, just because it’s a cuter neighborhood and less upscale.

Have you ever gone gallery hopping? What was it like?

xoxo

-Zorya

Autumn Adventures

The options are endless when it comes to activities to do in the city and the time around Halloween is no different!  Here are some of the fun events happening around Halloween weekend:

  • Tompkins Square Park Halloween Dog Parade
  • NYC 43rd Annual Village Halloween Parade
    • Monday, October 31st, 7 PM
    • 6th Ave, between Spring and 16th St, starting at Spring St & 6th Ave
    • Thousands of people flock to this event to participate in the parade or watch from the sidewalks
    • Arrive early if you want a good view, especially because many streets are blocked off to get to the parade.
    • Free
    • https://www.halloween-nyc.com/

  • New York Haunted Hayride
  • Giant Pumpkin Weekend
  • Blood Manor Haunted House
    • Now – Saturday, November 5th
    • 163 Varick St., Tribeca
    • The classic haunted house attraction with lines out the door!  Be sure to buy your tickets in advance online!
    • $30 online, $35 at the door
    • http://bloodmanor.com/index.html

Happy Autumn!

Ashley

Gallery Hopping in Chelsea

One of the great things about FIT is its location!  Being located in Chelsea, we have access to some of the most renowned galleries right in our backyard.  While the galleries are making a slow shift to the Lower East Side, a majority of the art galleries are still located in Chelsea.  Your professors will most likely give you an assignment to visit the galleries or take you on a field trip, especially if you’re a Fine Arts or Photography major, however even if your professors don’t give you an assignment to visit any of the galleries, I highly recommend it!

From West 19th St spanning up to West 28th St, between 10th and 11th Ave, you’ll find the heart of the art gallery scene.  If you don’t know where to start, Chelsea Gallery Map is a great resource to find out additional information on the different types of galleries, the artists, hours of operation, and more!  Gallery exhibition openings typically take place on Thursday’s, however you can visit most galleries from Tuesday-Saturday.  It’s a great way to get inspiration, have a fun evening with friends, or just to see what the art world is up to.

Ashley

Life Hack: How to be an Optimist

As we begin to get further into school it can be difficult to be optimistic when you are stressed out. But finding ways to stay optimistic about the future and your life will allow you to be positive even when your life isn’t exactly all rainbows.

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First, It is a very important goal to set and accomplish larger goals , as well as follow through. We need to make ourselves believe we are capable of doing anything. You are what you reach for and it tends to become easy to forget why you came this far sometimes with a negative mindset.

Next, Remove any negative things in your present life. I cant tell you how amazing it feels when you do. Negative energy feeds off negative experiences so when you remove these things it opens many doors for change. Also, take responsibility for your own actions. While it tends to seem easy to blame others , it wont allow you to grow and feel good about yourself. The most successful people don’t blame anymore, not even themselves. They evaluate the situation and think of what they could do differently. We can use our set backs as a learning process for the future to keep improving.

Work in a positive environment. How can you change your outlook on life if you surround yourself with negative people who don’t care about their future ?Positivity can be contagious and once you inspire yourself you can inspire others as well. So being in the right environment is key to any amount of change.

Lastly, take baby steps, none of this will happen over night. It’s easy to be overwhelmed when you think about everything you want to accomplish. Take small easy steps to frequent success , this will keep you motivated and moving forward.

Stay Positive!

Xoxo,

Kailee