Tag Archives: New York City

We All Scream for Ice Cream

With this crazy summer heat and the non air conditioned subway cars, sometimes all we need to cool down is some delicious ice cream.  There are two places here in New York that have a special place in my heart.

Chloe’s Fruit: (E 17th St between 5th and Broadway) Being health conscious but also ALWAYS craving ice cream, Chloe’s truly saves the day for me.  Their soft serve is gluten, dairy, and fat free and absolutely delicious.  The dark chocolate and banana flavors are my favorite and there’s no way possible that you can leave there without getting peanut butter drizzle on top.  I can’t wait to try their newly added breakfast items!

Chloe's Fruit Soft Serve

Chloe’s Fruit Soft Serve

Big Gay Ice Cream: (West Village – Grove St and 7th Ave, East Village – E 7th and Avenue A) What started as an ice cream truck has turned into a character of NYC.  I’ve only been once but the next time I’m feeling a cheat meal, I’ll definitely go there.  I got the Rocky Roadhouse when I went for the first time and I’m very thankful that they have GLUTEN FREE CONES!  I highly recommend that you look at the menu online in advanced because it can get busy on a hot summer day.

Big Gay Ice Cream Rocky Roadhouse

Big Gay Ice Cream Rocky Roadhouse

Ashley

Restaurant Review – Hu Kitchen

New York is known for its great food.  You could spend your entire life going from place to place trying out every food that New York has to offer.  Unfortunately, if you’re like me and have a ton of food sensitivities, my food exploration adventure gets cut a little short.  Thankfully, more restaurants offer gluten free options and you will often come across places like Hu Kitchen (78 5th Ave (14th and 5th).  Hu Kitchen’s menu is entirely gluten free and the ingredients are truly fresh and you can taste it.  The atmosphere of the place alone is incredible (see photo below).  It is very inviting with some of the nicest people working there.  I can guarantee that you will not be disappointed if you try any of their chocolate bars or their almond banana smoothie.  The next time you have a lunch break, be sure to stop by and give it a try.  You can thank me later.

Hu Kitchen interior

Hu Benny breakfast

Hu Benny at Hu Kitchen

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Ashley

Ode to New York

Being from the midwest, New York has changed me for the better.  Before coming to FIT or New York City, I would have never taken risks or stepped outside of my comfort zone.  I would have never been able to walk into an interview or even get offered said position.  I’m not afraid to speak my mind or stand up for what I believe in.  I have gained confidence above all.  New York can make you grow up really quickly.  Not grow up in a way that you’re looking at retirement plans, but growing up in a way where you figure yourself out.  You start to know what you want and what you don’t.  You now have that sense of freedom and independence.  People may say that you gain those things just by going to college, but New York is a different ball game.  Prepare yourself to begin an entirely new book in your life.  New York is the place where you become the person that you are meant to be.

“I believe in New Yorkers. Whether they’ve ever questioned the dream in which they live, I wouldn’t know, because I won’t ever dare ask that question.” — Dylan Thomas

Very literally…welcome to New York.  It’s been waiting for you.

Ashley

Apartment Update

So I have officially been living in my new apartment for about a month and a half and I’m in love.  I was skeptical at first and I was nervous about coming back to New York after being home for a week but I’ve fallen back into the swing of things and all is well.  I have some advice as far as apartment planning and the things I did right and the things I did wrong.

  1. You don’t have to buy all your furniture at once.  When you are making that trek out to IKEA for the first time to get all of your furniture, get the essentials such as a bed and a place to put things like clothes and a TV.  You don’t need a couch and a table and chairs right away.  If you wait a little while, you’ll have more money in your pocket and it’ll be less of a financial burden.
  2. Buy toilet paper and paper towel in bulk.  No one wants to make a special trip to buy several rolls of toilet paper or paper towel, so see if your parents or someone that is helping you move can bring a good ol trusty pack from Costco or Target.
  3. Why didn’t I buy a vacuum?!  I am in desperate need of one, especially being on hardwood floors.  You don’t think you need it, but you do.  Dust galore.
  4. A good roommate will make or break your apartment experience.  I am thankful enough to live with one of my best friends and I couldn’t be happier.  We already know how each other live and we don’t have to tiptoe around each other to try to live normally.  We are like minded in our organizational habits and our lifestyles.  A good roommate truly makes all the difference.
  5. Ask questions ahead of time.  How do you pay for rent each month?  If there is an issue with the apartment do I call the super or outside maintenance and how much will it cost?  When will the rent checks be cashed each month?  How will I know if you received my payment?

Hope this helps you on your apartment adventures!
Ashley

Conquering the LIRR

For those of you who aren’t from Long Island and the idea of walking into Penn Station with an end destination but no idea how to get there, I’m here to help.  This past weekend I took the LIRR for the FIRST time to go to my best friend’s bridal shower.  I was absolutely terrified, especially because I had to transfer trains at Jamaica which before coming to New York, I thought only existed in the Caribbean…

So the biggest help will be your friends that are from Long Island.  They will give you the best advice as to how to take on the train system.

  1. Figure out where you’re going
  2. Use the LIRR Trip Planner to see what trains you need to take http://lirr42.mta.info/
  3. When you arrive in Penn, follow the signs to the LIRR.  You have the option to use the ticket window to buy your tickets, the ticket machine similar to refilling your MetroCard, buying the tickets online, or buying them on the train (more expensive).
  4. Tickets will vary in price depending on the day and time that you are traveling, which you can view on the trip planner.  You can purchase single ride, round trip, monthly passes and several other options
  5. Once you purchase your ticket, you will look up at the big screen that tells you what time your train is arriving and what track it is on.  If you followed step #2, you will know what train you are taking.  Anywhere from 4-12 minutes prior to departure, the screen will notify you of what train your track is on and you as well as 50+ other people will all rush in the same direction.  Follow their lead if you are going on that train!
  6. If you have to transfer at Jamaica, the connection train will always be across the track upon arrival or a few minutes later.  If you are not taking the connection train, then you must go and find your train.  Ask the people around you as well as employees.  They know best!
  7. While on the train the conductor will come around and hole punch your ticket and return it to you depending on the type of ticket that you have and your destination.  Be sure that if you are on a round trip, don’t lose your ticket coming back to the city!

That pretty much covers it!  Good luck on the LIRR!

Ashley

Fun in the Sun – June

Each month, I’ll break down some of the top events happening for the month in NYC.  Here are some of the events that I’m looking forward to:

June 1st – Taste of Times Square: Some of the top : in the city ready to serve you with tastes from around the world! More info

June 11th – BINGO in Bryant Park: Need I say more?  More info

June 13th – The Games: An event in motion – literally.  Games and events all day long to get you up and active.  Participate with friends or meet people there!  Want to participate?  More info

June 20th – Mermaid Parade: People channeling their inner Little Mermaid on Coney Island.  What a juxtaposition! More info

June 21st – Solstice in Times Square: Yoga sponsored by Athleta in the middle of Times Square.  What a sight! More info

June 23rd-28th – Pride Week: One of the most celebrated events of the summer.  It’s incredible to see a city come together. More info

All Summer – Bryant Park Shakespeare: Various Shakespearean plays performed in the park!  More info

All Summer – HBO Bryant Park Summer Film Festival: Movies every Monday in Bryant Park starting June 22nd!  Pull up a chair and enjoy in the summer sunset.  More info

All Summer – GMA Concert Series: The biggest names in the music industry performing in the heart of Manhattan in Central Park.  More info

-Ashley

Goals for the Summer

Now that the school year has officially ended, it’s time to look ahead towards brighter days!  I’m staying in the city this summer and interning.  I was only able to see my family and be at home for 9 days and now I won’t see them until winter break.  It’s going to be really tough but I just have to focus on school and interning and bettering myself.  With that in mind, I figured I’d share some of my goals for this summer!

  1. Have a successful internship and learn from my experiences.
  2. Explore New York City!  I have a massive list of places that I want to see, restaurants that I want to try, and fun locations to visit.
  3. Step outside of my comfort zone whether it’s at my internship, a new food, or just in everyday life.
  4. Continue to stay active and improve my health.
  5. Relax and have fun.  This one is going to be very difficult for me, which I know sounds weird.  I spend my entire year completely focused 24/7, rarely spending time away from my desk or photo studio, so now is the time.
  6. Educate myself.  There are plenty of skills that are applicable to my major but I am not allowed to take as part of my curriculum here at FIT.  So I am going to be using FIT’s resources and lynda.com – an online video portal with hundreds of videos that teach you about your desired topic.  I’m going to educate myself on Adobe Software such as InDesign and Illustrator as well as marketing strategies and how they’re applicable to photography.

What are some of your summer goals?

Ashley

How to Celebrate Finals…#MadSqEats

If you are reading this, hopefully that means you are not procrastinating and that you are actually DONE WITH FINALS!  First off, CONGRATULATIONS!  You made it through!  While many people have different ways of celebrating something, I celebrate with food, so today I went down in 80 degree weather to Madison Square Park for Madison Square Eats.  For those of you who have never been or never heard of Madison Square Eats, it takes place every year and about 20 food vendors set up booths in the park.  You can have everything from hand rolled sushi to a soft pretzel to tacos.  The world is your oyster (they probably have oysters too…).  It is such a fun atmosphere to be in especially when celebrating the end of something.  I got myself some gluten free spring rolls from Two Tablespoons and a Perfect 10 cookie from Momofuku Milk Bar, both healthy options.  For more information head to http://urbanspacenyc.com/mad-sq-eats/.  Eat up and enjoy!  Happy end of the semester!

Madison Square Eats - Karlie's Kookie Madison Square Eats - Two Tablespoons

Ashley

Early Bird Gets the Worm

Attention all early-risers that love fitness and starting their day off on the right foot…I have the best workout for you!  The class is called The Rise and they take place Monday-Friday in various locations throughout Manhattan, Queens, and Brooklyn from 6:30 am – 7:00 am.  Today I tried out the Wednesday Core Body group class in Bryant Park and I could not have started my morning better.  It’s a quick walk from FIT and the weather was beautiful!

BETTER NEWS…IT’S 100% FREE.  The group classes take place every week, rain or shine!  You have zero excuses to get your workout in.  It’s high-five and encouragement central so do not worry if you aren’t in good shape.  You can find out more information at https://www.facebook.com/therisenyc.  I’ve never been so happy with my decision and my day felt complete before 7:30 am.  How many people can say that?

The Rise NYC

Ashley

Springtime in the City

The city is back to life! Trees are budding, flowers are being replanted, color is seeping back into the humans and surroundings of New York. People are smiling and laughing as they walk down the street, happy to finally unravel and de-bundle themselves from their winter jackets, hats and scarves. Dogs sniff their way down the street, able to enjoy their walk and not freeze their paws off! I think tears filled my eyes the other day as I walked down the street in a short sleeved shirt,  sans the jacket. What does all this mean….SPRING IS HERE!

Not only does the nice weather mean frequent visits to Central Park, the Highline, South Street Seaport and countless other sunny-day sites throughout the city but also a slew of festivals and events only spring in the big apple has to offer!

Below are a few that I will be trying out as we head to the end of the semester! If you happen to be visiting NY during this time check them out! As always, let me know what you think :)

1. Tribeca Film Festival, April 15-26

Who doesn’t love new movies? The Tribeca Film Festival is a world renowned festival that happens right in downtown Manhattan, as well as across the city. You can get matinee tickets for as little as $10 and tickets to guest talks for $35. The movies are ones not to be missed.

2. Cherry Blossom Season at Brooklyn Botanic Garden, April 1-26

Instead of hopping on a jet to Japan, hop on the subway to Brooklyn and see the natural wonders of the Brooklyn Botanic Garden. Get your iPhone camera’s ready because its impossible to see these beauties and not snap some photos. The Cherry Blossom Trees are a sure sign of Spring, so you don’t want to miss it. Only $10!

3. NYC Hot Sauce Expo, April 25-26

I know everyone doesn’t have the love of hot-spicy foods that I do…but maybe you’ll think twice after attending this event. The third annual hot sauce expo will be taking place at The Brooklyn Expo in late April, showcasing 45 vendors! Come with an empty stomach and leave thoroughly pleased. From spicy pizzas, to spicy bloody-marys – your tongue will be on fire…in the best way possible 😉

4. Kentucky Derby, May 2

Chances are you don’t have tickets to the actual Kentucky Derby horse race…but I’m sure you have a fabulous hat somewhere in your closet that you’re dying to break out! This is your opportunity! Many bars and restaurants around the city will be involved in this classic southern event. Gather your friends, don your best derby hat, find a bar showing the race and transport yourself to Kentucky! I recommend finding a horse who’s name makes you laugh…then root for them!

5. The Metropolitan Museum of Art Rooftop

I will definitely be heading to the Met Museum to check out the “Plains Indians: Artists of Earth and Sky” exhibit running through May 10th. There are countless exhibitions to view, enough to fill your afternoon with beauty, history and culture. Before you go, make your way to the Met rooftop. This is one of the best views of the city, overlooking all of Central Park. Bask in the sun, feel the breeze, and look to the sky line – breathe in the beauty and magic of this city!

 

xx,

Brendan