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!
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.
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?
When entering your freshman year, you all of a sudden feel like a 5 year old child again, diligently following the rules and being paranoid that you’re going to get in trouble. You also feel like you need to buy EVERYTHING JUST IN CASE. But I’m here to help you swallow your nervousness and inform you about what you should invest time and money in so that you can succeed!
A sturdy umbrella. You may think that the rain won’t be that bad or you can just rush to where you’re going or stand under scaffolding. I’m warning you now…the rain will come and your $6 umbrella with polka dots from Target will not save you from the downpours. Get an umbrella that truly locks into place and go Mary Poppins on you with one gust of wind.
Shoes. I cannot stress this enough. You don’t think you’re going to walk that much, but you do. You’re going to want a pair of shoes for each type of weather and ones that are comfortable! Rain boots may not be the most fashionable, but they will keep you dry during the rainy and snowy months.
Socks. While this may sound silly, thick and warm socks are a beautiful gift. When winter rolls around and you’re waiting to see the Rockefeller Christmas Tree light up, you can thank Grandma for those knitted wool socks from 2012.
A locker. If you are a commuter student and going home for lunch in between classes seems daunting or impossible, get a locker! You can store your textbooks, personal items, and school supplies in there year round. Nothing is worse than forgetting something at home or wishing that you had somewhere to put something in a rush.
Portable Charger. I cannot tell you how many times I’ve been running low on my phone battery and needed to charge it. While most people carry their cords with them everywhere, a portable charger is handy when you don’t have a plug, on the go, or don’t want to bug someone to use theirs.
Computer Software. If you are living in the dorms your freshman year, I highly recommend waiting to purchase all of the hefty software used for editing and designing until the library isn’t easily accessible to you. The library has amazing hours during the week and there is a 24 hour computer lab available as well. Every computer at FIT has the necessary software used in your classes. Save yourself the Creative Cloud debt and wait.
Textbooks & School Supplies. DO NOT…I repeat…DO NOT buy your textbooks before classes start unless your professor has told you otherwise. Half of the textbooks and “required” supplies, I have NEVER used. I could’ve saved so much money if I had just purchased the items when I needed it.
EVERYTHING. Many stores whether they advertise it or not have student discounts. Just ask the cashier if they do and a lot of the time, you’ll get very lucky! Who says being a student doesn’t have its perks?
Did you know currently in NYC there are 58,780 homeless people, 14,107 homeless families, and 23,692 homeless children? As it is starting to get closer to cold weather I recently saw something that truly broke my heart and I need to give back. Being a voice that is heard quite often I felt I should tell of all you as well and maybe more people will give back too.
As I was walking down 7th avenue towards FIT I took a quick detour down a side street where my brother works. It was one of the chiller days and I had a coat on, warm boots and a scarf. I walked slowly past a family who was sitting on a piece of card board begging for food not even money. It was a mom, a dad, a son and a dog. I felt so horrible they looked so cold and so hungry but I knew I didn’t have any money so I couldn’t help. I walked past twice and did nothing as I got to school I couldn’t stop thinking about them. As I was sitting in class I knew that if it was bothering me this much I had to do something. I vowed to myself that after class I would walk back use my credit card buy them lunch and some extra food for later before I left the city for work. But sadly they weren’t there I walked down a few street but they were no longer anywhere to be found. I went home that day and promised myself the next time I encountered something like that I would pay it back. I would help at least one person with one meal, or buy them something that would keep them warm.
I am so blessed I have a warm home to go to every night, I have a good job a couple in fact, and with a lot of hard work and sleepless nights I am able to attend college. I have great family and friends who support me and I do complain about simple things that happen through my day. While I think these things are horrible someone else is praying for my life, trying to get back on there feet to have the things I have. So from this moment forward I’m asking you and anyone you know to pay it forward help someone in need, even if you cant afford it give a few dollars, maybe your snack you have in your bag ? Anything helps!