The New York City St. Patrick’s Day Parade is one of New York City’s oldest traditions. The first parade was on March 17, 1762, yes, before America was America! The first parade was a group of Irish ex-patriots and Irish military members serving with the British Army stationed in the colonies in New York. Wearing green was a sign of Irish pride, but was banned in Ireland. In the 1762 parade, people spoke Irish, wore green, sung Irish songs and played the pipes to Irish tunes that were meaningful to the Irish immigrants of that time.
Today, the parade marches up 5th Avenue and is reviewed from the steps of St. Patrick’s Cathedral by Timothy Cardinal Dolan, Archbishop of New York. This tradition of marching past St. Patrick’s Cathedral has been the same. Go out and enjoy the parade along 5th Avenue between 44th Street and 79th Street from 11:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. The parade can also be watched live on NBCNewYork.com beginning at 11:00 a.m. on March 17. Throughout the day along the parade route, millions of spectators come to celebrate.
This year is the Ireland 2016 Centenary Year. Senator George Mitchell is the Grand Marshal, of a celebration scheduled to have about 200,000 people marching up 5th Avenue!
Find out more information about the NYC St. Patrick’s Day Parade here!
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.
It came to my attention, that a lot of students (especially new students), weren’t aware of our Student Volunteer Community Services (SVCS). Many think it’s to volunteer for food bank, pet shelters etc. But it offers much more volunteer opportunities than that. For example if you wanted to volunteer for NYFW, SVCS are the ones that take care of it. If you haven’t signed up to SVCS, you will never be informed about various dates and opportunities to volunteer for really great events. It costs you absolutely nothing to fill out the SVCS Personal Information Form and like that you will be sure to be informed by email about any events that are offered to FIT students. Last year for example students could sign up to volunteer and be part of Kanye West’s fashion show!
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/
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.