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Vegan Eats

With restaurants everywhere you turn in New York, it’s hard to get to them all, especially the great ones!  I’m here to tell you that By Chloe, located in Greenwich Village should be put at the top of your list!  The brand new restaurant that features dishes that are all VEGAN!  When you first hear that, you may think…how is that possible and do they only serve salads?  Despite what you think, By Chloe serves everything from burgers and french fries to avocado toast, pancakes, and mac and cheese.  They even have cold pressed juice, an AMAZING bakery section, and for a bonus…dairy free ice cream!  You don’t have to be vegan to eat here, but it sure is a vegan’s paradise.

If you are gluten free, you are in luck as well!  Many of the dishes are gluten free or can be prepared gluten free.  Be sure to ask to ensure that you don’t have any reactions.  If you’re coming in on a weekend, I highly recommend arriving early to get a seat, as you order at the counter.  If it’s a beautiful day, the lovely Washington Square Park is right around the corner so feel free to take it to go and enjoy the fresh air.  If you are patient enough, by Chloe is opening ANOTHER location right near FIT in the Flatiron District in the spring of 2016.  New York City is known for their food, so be sure to take advantage of it!

by Chloe restaurant dishes

by Chloe restaurant dishes


Are you ready to fight?

I recently won a free month membership to the UFC gym down in Soho!  I am incredibly excited to try out all of the different classes that are available!  I’m here to tell you all about the perks about having a membership at UFC Soho!  (This is my honest opinion!)

  • Memberships to the gym INCLUDE classes!  A lot of the time, gym memberships charge you for you classes in addition to your regular membership.  Not at UFC!
  • You can walk into any class…no signing up required!  No more tedious accounts, registering for classes, or worrying that someone is going to take your spot.  You can attend what classes work for you!
  • Over 50 classes available each week for you to take!
  • Don’t like group fitness classes?  UFC still has you covered with a fully equipped gym and trainers ready to help you one on one.
  • It’s a 24 HOUR GYM Monday-Friday and 8 am – 6 pm on Saturday and Sunday.  Your gym time on your own time!
  • UFC Soho is fully furnished with a locker room and showers, but be sure to bring your own lock or purchase one at the front desk.
  • Want to rep UFC Soho from head to toe?  They have a shop at the front desk with products ranging from wraps and gloves to water bottles and tshirts!
  • Everyone is incredibly friendly, despite the UFC stereotypes.  Everyone is down to earth and happy to help you!

Not sure if you want to commit to the gym?  Get your free gym pass here!


Celebration Treats!

With all of the upcoming holidays this fall and winter season, it is the perfect time to celebrate and show your appreciation for professors, friends, and family.  No idea what to purchase?  I’m here to help you out with the best sweet treats in the city!

Who: Treat House
What: Gourmet Rice Krispie Treat boxes perfect to send to Mom & Dad
BONUS: Customize your Rice Krispie Treat with a picture.  Perfect for wedding anniversaries!
Where: 452 Amsterdam Ave., 1566 Second Ave, OR here.
Price: $26+ for gift boxes

Who: Momofuku Milk Bar
What: DELICIOUS various cookies, cakes, AND BIRTHDAY CAKE TRUFFLES!
Where: 251 East 13th St, 15 West 56th St, 561 Columbus Ave, 382 Metropolitan Ave (BK), 360 Smith St (BK) OR here
Price: $2.25+

Who: Sprinkles Cupcakes
What: Cupcakes made for mouthwatering (gluten free options available)
Where: 780 Lexington Ave (Cupcake ATM + Store), 225 Liberty St OR here
Price: $2 mini, $3.75 regular, $42 dozen

Who: Levain Bakery
What: The most famously large and in charge cookies in all of NYC
Where: 167 West 74th St, 2167 Frederick Douglass Blvd, OR here
Price: $27+ for gift boxes, $4 each for a cookie

Who: Erin McKenna Bakery (GLUTEN FREE!)
What: The ultimate destination for your gluten free dessert loving friend that is sure to not disappoint!
Where: 248 Broome St OR here
Price: $1.25+

Who: Laduree
What: Macarons fresh from Paris for a taste of elegance
Where: 864 Madison Ave, 398 West Broadway, OR here
Price: $2.80+

Who: Garrett’s Popcorn Shop
What: Gourmet buckets of popcorn perfect for a large family or that game day snack
Where: 242 West 34th St OR here
Price: $33 for 1 gallon tin

What: The doughnut shops of all doughnut shops.  Massive portions, amazing flavors, do I need to say more?
Where: 14 West 19th St, 448 Lafayette Ave (BK), OR here
Price: $2.25+

Who: Fat Witch Bakery
What: Rich brownies that put Pillsbury to shame
Where: 75 9th Ave (Chelsea Market) OR here
Price: $2.95+

Don’t forget to treat yourself this holiday season too!


Guide to Museums

If you aren’t aware of this already, New York City has some of the best museums in the entire world.  We are in the hub of a major art scene and as students, we can fully take advantage of it!  Be sure to bring your FIT ID when you visit these museums!  The following is your guide to the Museums of New York City:

  • American Museum of Natural History (Central Park West & 79th St)
    • Price Type: Suggested
      • Amount: $17 (Student)
  • The Metropolitan Museum of Art (5th Ave & 82nd St)
    • Price Type: Suggested
      • Amount: $12 (Student)
  • Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) (6th Ave & 53rd St)
    • Price Type: FREE for FIT Students when you present your ID!
  • Guggenheim (5th Ave & 88th St)
    • Price Type: Fixed
      • Amount: $10 (Until October 8th), Regularly $18
  • Whitney Museum of American Art (10th Ave & Gansevoort St)
    • Price Type: Fixed
      • Amount: $18
  • New York City Transit Museum (Boerum Pl & Schermerhorn Street, Brooklyn)
    • Price Type: Fixed
      • Amount: $7
  • The Frick Collection (5th Ave & 70th St)
    • Price Type: Fixed
      • Amount: $10
  • Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum (5th Ave & 91st St)
    • Price Type: Fixed
      • Amount: $9

Hope this helps you explore the city with ease!  Happy museum hopping!


The First Week

As the first week of school officially comes to a close, let’s just say I’m relieved…that it’s over.  For all new students reading this, you’re not the only one feeling overwhelmed.  As a junior, I still have my biannual night before classes start nightmare and I always show up to class a good 30 minutes early JUST incase the professor declares 9:00 am the starting time instead of 9:10.

I think that it is important that we do get uncomfortable with our daily lives every once in a while.  Yes, a routine and feeling steady is a beautiful, beautiful thing, it is important that we challenge ourselves.  Being at FIT has challenged me every single day to step outside of my daily habits and outside of my usual realm of thinking.

Every semester, I feel uncomfortable with my schedule, daily routine, homework, projects, and expectations for a good 4 weeks.  Until then, I have to remind myself that my uneasy feeling about school and my future is only temporary.  It is very difficult to see past that especially when thinking about all of your assignments potentially make you want to lose hope.  It does get better and the semester will continue regardless of your fear.  Keep your head up and remind yourself that you are special and talented enough to get into FIT.  You’re here for a reason.