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American Horror Story: FIT

Halloween is approaching! MUAH-HA-HA

Halloween at FIT is different from anywhere else! After a long argument with myself on what I will be wearing for Halloween, I thought… what will I actually do on Halloween night!?

The concrete streets of the city will be filled with crazy costumes and wacky personalities; more than there usually is! Halloween is shoved down our throats earlier each year. So here are some attractions I came across that look absolutely insane…

1. Times Scare: Times Scare is a vibrant entertainment destination in the heart of New York City at 42nd and 8th Ave in one of the most haunted buildings in the nation! The haunted house is $27 for adults and $22 for children 12 and under. More information at timesscarenyc.com

2. BLOOD MANOR:  Blood Manor is a first class Haunted House attraction comprised of approximately 5,000 square feet of themed rooms, corridors, and a labyrinth of passageways designed to to maximize one’s fears.  Located at 163 Varick Street, in the heart of NYC’s Hudson Square District, chills will be down your spine! Tickets are $33.50 online, and also available at the door for $35. More information at bloodmanor.com

Back to Blood Manor Home page

3. Nightmare Horror Show: New York’s Most Terrifying Theater Festival running October 7th-31st. Located at the Flamboyan Theater at The Clemente, 107 Suffolk Street between Rivington and Delancey on Manhattan’s Lower East Side. All tickets are $25. For complete schedule of events, more information and to buy tickets visit nightmarenewyork.com


4. Village Halloween Parade: New York’s Village Halloween Parade is committed to the cultural and imaginative life of New York City. The 2015 Parade is located on 6th Avenue North of Spring Street to 16th Street from 7:00pm – 10:30pm on Halloween Night! Find out more information here.


A Luxury Market

Calling all business and Technology students!


On Wednesday October 21, 2015 join FIT in welcoming five top CEO’s and CMOs from the fashion, retail, cosmetics, and luxury arenas. It is from 5:30-7:30 in the Katie Murphy Amphitheater . Companies will be including Sony music, Gilt, Marvin Traub and more.

In order to attend this event you must RSVP by Friday October 16th to businesstechnology@FITNYC.EDU.

I will be attending and hope to meet some new people. This is going to be a great panel provoking insightful conversation with industry leaders whose business it is to know, lead and profit by staying ahead of the game. Not to mention its a great time just to network with professors and other FIT students!
Hope to see you there!



Taking a Bite out of the Big Apple

As we all know, New York City is home to many television networks such as ABC and NBC. Yesterday I had an amazing opportunity to be apart of the live studio audience in a recording of ABC’s top daytime television show The Chew! Aside from being a huge fan of the show, I was interested to see what really happens behind scenes, and how the cast and crew collaborate to create it.


The experience was AWESOME. The show was on how to make “Breakfast for Less” which as a broke college student I thought was very helpful! Guests included American celebrity chef, restaurateur, and reality television personality Bobby Flay and actor Kevin Bacon. During the breaks, American chef and one of the hosts of The Chew – Carla Hall, ran up to the audience to dance with people (including myself) which I thought was very sweet and humbling of her.


My ticket!

As a gift, we were given Bobby Flay’s new brunch cookbook. To bring in the Fall spirit, I thought I’d share a delicious and inexpensive Mini Pumpkin Churro with a chocolate-orange dipping sauce recipe from the book!


Brunch @ Bobby’s by Bobby Flay


  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 1/2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cloves
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground ginger, plus more for finishing
  • 1/8 teaspoon freshly grated nutmeg
  • 1/8 teaspoon fine sea salt
  • 3/4 cup pure pumpkin puree
  • 10 tablespoons unsalted butter, cut into pieces
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 4 large eggs, at room temperature
  • Vegetable or canola oil, for frying
  • 3/4 cup pure cane granulated sugar, for rolling


  • 1 cup heavy cream
  • 8 ounces bittersweet chocolate, coarsely chopped
  • Zest of one orange
  • teaspoon grated orange zest


For the dipping sauce: Bring the cream to a simmer in a small saucepan. Put the chocolate in a medium bowl. Add the hot cream to the bowl with the chocolate and let sit for 1 minute. Gently whisk until smooth. Stir in the orange zest. Keep warm.

For the churros: Whisk together the flour, 1 teaspoon cinnamon, the cloves, 1/4 teaspoon ground ginger, the nutmeg and salt in a large bowl. Bring 1 1/2 cups water, the pumpkin puree, butter and vanilla to a boil in a medium saucepan, whisking constantly.

Pour the pumpkin mixture into the bowl with the flour mixture and stir with a wooden spoon until just combined; it will be thick. Continue mixing and add in your eggs, one at a time, until well combined. The dough should be thick and smooth. Place the dough into a pastry bag with a large star tip.

Heat 2 inches of canola oil in a high-sided saute pan until it reaches 350 degrees F on a candy or fry thermometer.

Pipe the dough directly into the pan in 3-inch pieces, cutting off the pieces with a scissor. Fry until golden and crispy, 4 to 5 minutes.

Stir together the sugar and remaining 1 1/2 teaspoons ground cinnamon in a medium shallow bowl. Transfer the churros to a paper-towel-lined baking sheet or plate to drain the oil and immediately toss in the cinnamon-sugar mixture. Dip in the chocolate-orange dipping sauce to serve.


Besides being starstruck, I noticed how much effort it takes into making a television production. From lighting, to audio, cameramen/women and so forth. FIT’s Advertising and Marketing Communications and Film and Media programs are definitely ones you would want to pursue in order to be in the studio everyday as I saw first-hand!

In the studio!

In the studio!

If you are currently in the city – take advantage of the big apple and take a bite! There are so many things to do and people to see in the city that never sleeps! If you aren’t, I encourage to pursue your education in the city and school that gives to endless opportunities that you will benefit from.

Until next time… xoxo – M

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!


Life in the Concrete Jungle: An Introduction

I know what you’re thinking… it’s New York City – I’ll never make it, I’ll go broke, I’m one in a million who have the same dream of being successful in the fashion industry… These thoughts running rapidly in your mind are holding you back… But let me tell you this –


The Empire State Building

To the prospective students across the world… if FIT is your dream school, go for it. Getting an education in the BEST city in the world is an experience that you cannot get anywhere else.


The Freedom Tower

My name is Mariano, I am an 18-year-old Puerto Rican boy, from a lower-middle class family in California; studying Advertising and Marketing Communications. FIT was just a dream to me and now it is a reality. Never underestimate yourself and the opportunities in front of you. If you are thinking about starting a new chapter of your life in New York City at FIT, find out more information on the application process here.

New York Fashion Week, one of many opportunities at FIT!

New York Fashion Week, one of many opportunities at FIT!

In the last month, I’ve learned and experienced so much that I will never forget. Hopefully, you will soon! Please reply with any questions about the application process, I don’t bite!

Until next time… xoxo – M