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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

Upcoming Food Events

New York is known for the abundant amounts of food, restaurants, and the most outlandish food combinations.  With spring right around the corner, food festivals and events are popping up everywhere at the end of this month.  Here are some of the highlights of what you have to look forward to:

NYC Dessert Fest:
What: 20+ dessert vendors, a free candy bar, and a rooftop.  What more could you ask for?
When: March 25th-26th
Where: 64 Dobbin Street, Brooklyn
Price: $15-50

LIC Flea & Food Opening Day:
What: Food market vendors and handmade goods
When: Opening April 8th and 9th
Where: 5-25 46th Ave, Long Island City, Queens
Price: $0 for entry, varies from vendor

Smorgasburg Opening Day:
What: The iconic food flea market in Brooklyn is BACK, featuring over 100+ vendors
When: Opening April 1st-2nd
Where: Williamsburg’s East River Park (Kent Ave and North 7th Street) on Saturdays/Prospect Park’s Breeze Hill on Sundays
Price: $0 for entry, varies from vendor

Ben & Jerry’s Free Cone Day:
What: The most wonderful day of the year where Ben & Jerry’s gives out free cones
When: April 4th, 12 PM – 8 PM
Where: Your local Ben and Jerry’s
Price: $0

Madison Square Eats Opening Day:
What: An outdoor food vendor market located in Madison Square Park
When: Opens April 29th, open 7 days a week
Where: Madison Square Park, 5th Ave between 26th and 25th St.
Price: $0 for entry, varies from vendor

Happy dining!

Ashley

 

NYC Food Truck Fest

Hello there! Hope you all had a great week. Midterms are slowly starting to creep up on us, and that means sleepless nights, lots of coffee and stress. And those combined is a recipe for disaster. That’s why we shouldn’t forget to enjoy ourselves and take a break once in a while too. A suggestion for something to do this weekend is the NYC Food Truck Fest.

If you love food, shopping and discovering local artists, you’ll enjoy the NYC Food Truck Fest. It’s basically a huge market on the Upper West Side, with tons of small vendors selling one-of-a-kind goods, and let’s not forget the 12 gourmet food trucks. The event is on Sunday, March 12th, from 10:00 am – 5:30 pm. Location is Grand Bazaar NYC, 100 West 77th Street. Admission is free, but you can donate. 100% of Grand Bazaar NYC’s profits are donated to four local public schools.

Who’s coming: Luke’s Lobster, The Empanada Sonata, Stuf’d truck, Neapolitan Express, Gorilla Cheese NYC, Carl’s Steaks, Sweet Chilli NYC, Mac Truck, Souvlaki GR, Big D’s Grub Truck, Yankee Doodle Dandy, Crepe Crew & Crepe Truck.

xoxo

-Zorya

Restaurant Spotlight: By Chloe

FIT is very lucky to be surrounded by incredible restaurants within walking distance of campus.  One of my favorite hotspots is By Chloe, an all vegan fast-casual restaurant located on 22nd St and 6th Avenue.  When you read “vegan restaurant,” you may think you’re only getting salads and vegetables, however, By Chloe is the furthest thing from that.  The menu does feature salads, but there are also burgers, desserts, and even vegan mac and cheese.

By Chloe Flatiron (Image: eatbychloe.com)

By Chloe has several locations and has been expanding throughout the city, with a location opening soon near Rockefeller Center!  By Chloe doesn’t neglect the gluten-free folks either, with almost all menu items able to be modified to be gluten free!  I highly recommend the Spicy Thai salad, smashed avocado toast, and chocolate chip cookie while you are there!  It can be fairly busy around lunch time, especially on the weekends, but feel free to carry out and dine at the nearby Madison Square Park!  To find out more about By Chloe, visit http://eatbychloe.com/

Happy dining!

Ashley

The Lowline Is Closing

Hello there!

Being part of the Honors program, every student has to do three extra curricular activities each semester. After a while you come out of ideas of things to do and see. This week we got an email informing us that the Lowline was closing on the weekend and it would be our last change to go see it. Researching the Lowline online I saw pictures, which looked really beautiful, and convinced me to go there this weekend with a fellow scholar. It’s basically the opposite of the Highline, instead it’s an underground park that you can walk around in. I really think it would be a great extra curricular activity to go see before it’s no more. I’ll also let you guys know my thoughts and post a few pictures of the Lowline after I went, in an upcoming post.

If you don’t know what to do this weekend and also have to complete some kind of extra curricular activity, I would really recommend giving it a shot and going there before it closes. The address is: 140 Essex Street.

xoxo

-Zorya