While it may only be Thanksgiving Eve as I am writing this, finals week(s) approaches quicker than it seems. With only 3 weeks remaining, the idea of finals and studying can seem especially daunting amongst all of the holiday cheer and excitement. There can be a lot of pressure to experience New York around this time because it is such a magical place. I think it is especially important to create memories outside of school but also not slack on homework and hard work, specifically towards the end of the semester. I highly recommend getting ahead on your work. While this may seem easier said than done, it is important that you enjoy life’s moments in general, but also enjoy them totally stress free!
If you are reading this prior to November 28th, you’re in the clear! If you’re reading this after November 28th, you’re not doomed either. But my biggest advice is to take this upcoming weekend and really kick the homework mode into high gear. Yes, you are most likely surrounded by family and friends for the holiday, but even if you have an hour or two to crank out some homework, DO IT! With the Christmas Tree Lighting on December 2nd and the holiday markets and gift season in high gear starting December 1st, buckle down before the winter bug bites you! Even if you can finish ONE class’ coursework, you’ll feel so much better going into the final weeks. Since we don’t technically have an exam finals week, classes fluctuate in their last days. Even if you begin to make notecards for the exam you have in 3 weeks, you’ll feel so much more accomplished than if you waited until the last minute. You’ll be itching to go home and celebrate the holidays before you know it. Every little bit helps! Progress is progress!
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 this past week FIT showed its colors in the breezeway, while presenting FIT Pride Day. This day was one that is close to my heart. Having Friends, Family, and many loved ones who are gay, lesbian, whatever sexuality it may be, who are very close to me. I have seen there struggles, I have been there when they couldn’t tell there families, their heart break , the smiles on there faces when they realized there family didn’t look at them differently, My best friend when he finally went on his first date, the happiness in there eyes when they are finally free to let go and be themselves.
It is finally 2015 and I am proud to be apart of the generation that is more than accepting, times have finally changed. Where everyone is free to be themselves, same sex marriage was finally approved , and the world is becoming a much happier place. I love that FIT shows everyone support regardless of race, gender, or sexuality. So when deciding if you want to be apart of FIT ask yourself do you want to be apart of a family? Or just another student at a school. At FIT you are not just another number in a desk, you are known by name and are able to be apart of a very close knit family.
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!