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Free Museums

Hello there!

As a honor student we have to complete three extra curricular activities per semester, which means after being in the honors program for a few years we run out of ideas… As a result we often receive emails giving us suggestions on activities to do. As a huge fan of museums I love doing them as my extra curricular activities, but I really don’t want to spend money on any of them. Recently, I have been introduced to this website that shows you all the museums in the city that are free, as well as museums that have special days where admission is free. Honestly, I wish I had known about this website sooner, it’s so helpful! If you are new to the city and want to do fun free activities you might want to check out the link below!

https://www.nyc-arts.org/collections/35/free-museum-days-or-pay-what-you-wish

Do you know of some helpful tips? Let us know!

xoxo

-Z

Sakura Matsuri Cherry BlossomFestival

Has the recent weather been bringing you down? Looking for something to get back into that Spring vibe? Look no further than the Brooklyn Botanical Gardens! This weekend, April 29th-30th is the annual Cherry Blossom Festival – Sakura Matsuri!

When

April 29th-30th 6am-10pm

Where

The Brooklyn Botanical Gardens (990 Washington Ave, Brooklyn)

What

60+ events and performances celebrating traditional and contemporary Japanese culture.

Activities and events include

  • Flea Market
  • Japanese Tea Room
  • Art Gallery
  • Music
  • Cosplay
  • Samurai Sword Masters
  • Dance Parties

Tickets

Day passes are just $25 for students. Click here to get them.

This is a limited time event at one of the most picturesque places in all of New York, so get out there!

Photo Credit: Blanca Begert

Restaurant Spotlight: Roti

Being constantly on the go, it is nice to find new fast casual restaurants that are in the area!  I came across Roti Modern Mediterranean, or Roti for short, on Instagram and I knew that I had to go and give them a try!  With 2 locations located in Manhattan, 100 Maiden Lane and 142 E 43rd, and locations throughout the east coast and Chicago, Roti is quickly growing, with new stores likely to open nationwide.

Similarly to Chipotle, you can customize your meal from your base of rice, salad, or pita (bonus: they have gluten free pita), then choosing your protein from falafel to chicken kabobs to salmon, there are options for everyone.  Then comes the fun part of picking all of your toppings and sauces.  A mediterranean restaurant isn’t complete without hummus and Roti has you covered there!  For people who are very mindful about what they are eating, they have a nutrition calculator online so you can plan out or see what you’re fueling your body with!  I opted for the salad with chicken kabob, fresh vegetables, and red S’hug sauce.  After one visit, I am hooked and I am looking forward to returning!  For more info, visit http://roti.com/

Happy eating!

Ashley

Bowery Ballroom & Irving Plaza Review

It has been months since I have gone to a concert, and I am so incredibly glad that I have finally broken that drought. Recently, K. Flay, one of my favorite musicians ever, had a show at the Bowery Ballroom.

The Bowery Ballroom is an amazing venue, with tickets averaging out to $22 (after the processing fee!) it makes concerts much more budget friendly, and with a walk under 10 minutes from the N or the Q, it is easy to get to. Sold out shows are never painfully packed, and for someone who hates mosh-pits, this is a welcomed relief. No matter where you stand, you are practically guaranteed a great view, and with an amazing light show every night, the only thing that changes is the artist, which they have an amazing taste for. From pop artist like The Griswolds, to indie hip-hop like K. Flay, to a much more retro sounding Tennis, the Bowery Ballroom has an amazing line-up no matter when you go.

Photo courtesy: Katie Rich @richlkatie

This last Friday I was lucky enough to snag tickets for Hippo Campus at the Irving Plaza, and I can say without a doubt that it was the best concert I’ve ever been to.

Tickets at Irving Plaza are a bit more expensive, coming out around $40, but the extra money is worth it. Located right next to Union Square, Irving Plaza is a much bigger venue than Bowery Ballroom, meaning there will be a lot more energy from the crowd and it will feel much more like an actual concert rather than a gig. The stage is larger so the bands have a larger set up and the standing room for the audience goes much farther back and has a second floor where the bar is located. You have to get there a bit earlier to get a good spot, but besides that there’s really no negatives about the venue.

With countless concerts out there in NY, there is a lot to experience, but I hope this will put these venues on the map for you!

Spring Break in NYC

If you happen to be staying in NYC over spring break, you’re not alone!  Sometimes it’s nice to have a week with no plans or a week that you can use to work extra hours, relax, and go explore the city.  Here are some activities that you can do if you’re going to be staying in the city:

Brooklyn Folk Festival
What: A celebration of folk music!
When: April 8th – 10th
Where: St. Ann’s Church in Brooklyn, 157 Montague Street
Cost: $35-85

Macy’s Flower Show
What: Floral arrangements on display within Macy’s, dedicated to spring and carnival!
When: March 26th – April 9th
Where: Macy’s Herald Square
Cost: FREE!

Smorgasburg
What: Food and flea market in Brooklyn.  Perfect for groups, foodies, and those looking for a beautiful Manhattan view!
When: Weekends
Where: Saturday in Williamsburg, Sunday in Prospect Park, Brooklyn
Cost: Free to enter, varies depending on vendor

Easter Parade & Bonnet Festival
What: Elaborate hats and costumes showcased in a festive parade down 5th Ave!
When: April 16th
Where: 5th Ave from 49th to 57th St
Cost: FREE!

Mystery Room in Midtown
What: Escape the room with friends as you try to solve a complex puzzle within an hour!
Where: 365 7th Ave
Cost: $28 per person

Happy Spring Break!

Ashley