Tag Archives: New York City

L.E.S Galleries with an Art Curator

Hey there! Last week was a really exciting day, because it was the first time I’ve been gallery hopping in New York, I know it’s crazy! I went with my friend who is an art curator, she explained to me what her job consist of and what she looks at when picking art. It was really interesting getting to listen to her talk and make comments about paintings. Usually gallery exhibitions tend to have only contemporary art, which isn’t really my thing, but it was great hearing my friend tell me why she loved the art pieces, which made me appreciate them more.

Gallery hopping in the Lower East Side is really fun and supper trendy. There are bars, coffee shops and restaurants all along the streets, and in between you’ll discover tiny galleries. I really loved this experience and if you’re someone who loves art and discovering new artist, I highly recommend going gallery hopping either in LES or Chelsea, I prefer LES, just because it’s a cuter neighborhood and less upscale.

Have you ever gone gallery hopping? What was it like?

xoxo

-Zorya

Autumn Adventures

The options are endless when it comes to activities to do in the city and the time around Halloween is no different!  Here are some of the fun events happening around Halloween weekend:

  • Tompkins Square Park Halloween Dog Parade
  • NYC 43rd Annual Village Halloween Parade
    • Monday, October 31st, 7 PM
    • 6th Ave, between Spring and 16th St, starting at Spring St & 6th Ave
    • Thousands of people flock to this event to participate in the parade or watch from the sidewalks
    • Arrive early if you want a good view, especially because many streets are blocked off to get to the parade.
    • Free
    • https://www.halloween-nyc.com/

  • New York Haunted Hayride
  • Giant Pumpkin Weekend
  • Blood Manor Haunted House
    • Now – Saturday, November 5th
    • 163 Varick St., Tribeca
    • The classic haunted house attraction with lines out the door!  Be sure to buy your tickets in advance online!
    • $30 online, $35 at the door
    • http://bloodmanor.com/index.html

Happy Autumn!

Ashley

Gallery Hopping in Chelsea

One of the great things about FIT is its location!  Being located in Chelsea, we have access to some of the most renowned galleries right in our backyard.  While the galleries are making a slow shift to the Lower East Side, a majority of the art galleries are still located in Chelsea.  Your professors will most likely give you an assignment to visit the galleries or take you on a field trip, especially if you’re a Fine Arts or Photography major, however even if your professors don’t give you an assignment to visit any of the galleries, I highly recommend it!

From West 19th St spanning up to West 28th St, between 10th and 11th Ave, you’ll find the heart of the art gallery scene.  If you don’t know where to start, Chelsea Gallery Map is a great resource to find out additional information on the different types of galleries, the artists, hours of operation, and more!  Gallery exhibition openings typically take place on Thursday’s, however you can visit most galleries from Tuesday-Saturday.  It’s a great way to get inspiration, have a fun evening with friends, or just to see what the art world is up to.

Ashley

How To: Spend Time Alone

As I get further into the semester, I begin to find that I have less and less down time. So when I do get time alone finally I tend not to enjoy it as much as when I am with others. It’s not an ideal reaction but it is truly a normal one.

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One thing that has really helped me ease into alone time has been hobbies, the less time I spent with all my friends and whoever else the more hobbies I discovered I had. Use the silence to read, paint, knit, draw, whatever interests you. Recently I learned how to cook by just getting some random recipes’ online. Next, while you are doing these things do not check your phone. Checking it defeats the purpose of alone time overall. Everyone tends to get FOMO aka, Fear of missing out.

Also spending time alone doesn’t mean you need to spend time locked in your room or apartment, go for a walk, treat yourself to coffee, or go shopping alone. This still counts as alone time even if you aren’t really alone. I find that my taste in things tends to change with the people I am with so if I am alone I find more things that I love that maybe I wouldn’t think of before.

Lastly, enjoy the ultimate relaxation, when you’re not running around or doing things for others its quite relaxing. My favorite moments are once a week when I climb into a bubble bath with a book and some candles. So my suggestion is cancel your plans, put down the social media and texts and just hang out with yourself.
Xoxo
Kailee

Best Apps to Have

Hello there! Just a quick post about some of the apps that have been super helpful for me and that are great if your a student or living in the city. As a student we juggle so many different things, so having an app that can save us a little time and money is always a plus. My favorite apps are:

EllucianGo (free) If your a student at FIT and struggle to remember which class room your in or at what time your class starts, this is the best app ever, it shows you your course schedule and you can click on the class and it gives you details about the teacher etc. I honestly couldn’t live without it. It also has other informations about the campus, grades, important number etc.

Mint (free) If you struggle to keep a budget. This app is great. It helps you keep a budget and shows you what you spend your money on. It helps you have a visual of where all your money is going…

Citymapper (free) Lifesaver if your like me and don’t understand the subway system. It has a full map of the subways and the different stops, and it gives you the times when it arrives at the station. It also shows you the map for busses.

Venmo (free) If you live with roommates or go out often with friends and always struggle with who has to pay you back or don’t have cash, this app connects to your bank account, and makes it really easy for your friends (and you) to pay people back, collect money, pay bills, and much more.

TED (free) If you don’t know what to write about or what topic to talk about in class, or just need some inspiration, this app is great. It shows you videos of some really interesting people giving conferences (all over the world) and it’s great to listen to in your free time, because you can learn a lot from them (I have).

NYTimes /  The Wall Street Journal (free) Keep up to date before class! These two apps are essential if you are in a business major at FIT. Just looking through the most recent and important news, will always come in hand for one of your classes (trust me).

Checkout51 (free) Buy groceries and get cash back. You also have coupons and many different things on this app that will help you save money. And the great thing is that you get new deals and offers every few days.

Hope this was helpful! What are your favorite apps to have?

xoxo

-Z