As you know, New York is known for many things, including its food. Within the NY food scene, you have your specialty bakeries and pizza joints, but there is something so unique about the New York brunch scene. It is a big weekend event, the end all, be all of food pictures and the ultimate dining experience. I’m here to give you the top brunch places in the city:
The very talked about restaurant from Gossip Girl doesn’t disappoint. While the food can be a little pricey, it surely does not disappoint. With many locations throughout the city, you’d think you wouldn’t have to wait too long, but make sure you give yourself enough time to wait for a table.
If you are all about eggs, this is the place to go. The options are seriously endless and you’ll become a frequent visitor. There’s really no bad time to have anything egg related especially if it’s in the form of Egg Shop’s Spandex Bowl or Reformer Sandwich
Attention all pastry and tea enthusiasts, this is the place for you. From the MASSIVE scones to the pots of tea and decorations, this is every child’s dream restaurant. There can often be a wait since the locations are fairly small, however you can always take a scone to go!
With 2 locations located in the Lower East Side and Williamsburg and a name like Pies ‘n’ Thighs, how can you resist this place? While they are known for their desserts and chicken buckets, this place is an ideal restaurant for the group of friends that can never agree on where to eat. There’s something for everyone.
Must try: Brunch Special – Chicken Fried Steak-n-Eggs
This famous restaurant located right near the Highline dishes up some of the best brunch food around. It’s a perfect place for a large group because of all of the options and for a beautiful stroll along the Highline after you inhale everything that Cookshop has to offer.
So the end of the semester is coming pretty quickly. I feel like it was just yesterday where I was writing about my goals for this semester, where I thought I would be and my expectations for my classes.
I must say I learned so much this semester and my life has changed so much in these past few months. My classes were all amazing the one class I highly recommend to anyone is Business Communications which is an English class taught by Professor Landman. THE MOST beneficial course I have taken at FIT. It taught me how to write memos, fix my resume, and how to handle the work place in a much more professional manner. Don’t get me wrong it had its fair share of work but I believe it was beyond worth it. I apply the things I learned to my everyday job, which is very hard to say about a lot of things you learn in High school, College ,ect
I also became an official licensed insurance producer in life, health, home and auto, all while being a full time employee and student ! ( I’m not going to lie it is something I am extremely proud of, because I never thought I would get through it). I also bought my very first car all on my own as well. ( Which you can see above ) Life is going great as of right now, I made it through the semester with what looks like good grades so far ,working full time and you will soon be with my on my journey through only online classes next semester.
How was your semester ? Any struggles? How about recommendations to classes you took?
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.