Where The Locals Go

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Though I am no local, I do know my way around the city pretty well. This comes at an advantage when I am trying to find a new place to shop or eat. In order for my fellow non-local students to make the best of their trip to the city or for those Manhattanites who want to expand their go-to stops; I have compiled a list of my five favorite places to stop at near FIT. I strongly recommend taking a look so you never have to leave the city bored, wishing you could have stayed just a bit longer to add to your already awesome day at FIT.

1.The Smith: On the corner of 27th street and Broadway, one of my personal favorites, The Smith serves up some highly satisfying bites for people of all ages. With an underground photo booth and a classic yet rustic aesthetic, you can’t go wrong. I would 10 out of 10 recommend this restaurant as your next lunch or dinner destination after a hard day’s work at FIT.

The Smith

The Smith

2. Chelsea Market: At 72 9th ave between 16th and 27th street, this indoor marketplace is a melting pot of food junkies and shopaholics. With a variety of small businesses and great pit stops to chow down at, there is something for everybody. If you are in the mood for crêpes, American classics, Italian cuisine or any other food imaginable, Chelsea Market has you covered. And whether you want to find the latest trend or the next best thing there are countless stores to browse around in. These include Anthropologie, various pop-ups, local artist vendors and a variety of other eclectic shops to find what you are looking for.

Chelsea Market

Chelsea Market

3.The High Line: On a beautiful sunny day this is the perfect spot to spend your afternoon. Running from Gansevoort street in the Meatpacking district to West 34th street between 10th and 12th; you can walk through what is almost two miles long of an old train track, admiring the classic skyline of Manhattan. The best part is, it’s free!

The High Line

The High Line

4.The Whitney: This museum that is strictly devoted to American art is located at 99 Gansevoort street. It is chock full of amazing artwork from some of today’s most popular American artists. If you are a sucker for anything modern or contemporary then I am sure you will fall in love with something, and if not the art, then you definitely will obsess over the view The Whitney has to offer overlooking the ever-changing skyline. When you are done drooling over all the museum has to offer, you can browse their awesome gift shop and sit down at The Whitney’s prestigious restaurant, Untitled. (Do not forget to use your FIT ID for a student discount on admission!)

The Whitney Museum

The Whitney Museum

Untitled at The Whitney

5.The Style Shop: Full of funky vintage finds, designer jewelry, and awesome FIT apparel there is no way you can leave this remarkable boutique without falling in love. Located right here on campus in the Dubinsky lobby, The Style Shop, run by actual students, is the heart of the Merchandising Society here at FIT. This savvy team does everything from buying to selling and makes sure every customer leaves with a bag in their hand a smile on their face.

The Style Shop via @The_styleshop instagram

The Style Shop via @The_styleshop instagram

Thanks for reading,

-Faith

Exploring the FIT Campus And Beyond!

One of my favorite things about the campus at FIT is how simple it is to get around.  Only 5 minutes from Penn Station, the FIT campus is very easy to find and is packed with awesome stores and food places, so I always look forward to going on break and walking around after class.  Usually my professor gives us a 25-30 minute break which is the perfect amount of time to grab a quick bite.  Some of my favorite places to go on break are Panera, Starbucks and Dunkin Donuts. There are so many great lunch places to choose from.  If I’m not feeling hungry, sometimes I stop and check out the Barnes & Noble at FIT for new fashion books and college attire. I recently bought an FIT sweatshirt that I’m absolutely in love with, it’s so comfy!

After class sometimes I go shopping with my friends.  We love Zarra, Macy’s, Forever21, H&M, and American Apparel. It’s really exciting to explore and find new places, especially for a ‘Jersey Girl’ like me who is used to open spaces and no places to walk to.

If your planning on visiting the FIT campus some other places you should check out are:

  • Joe Fresh 34th St
  • Cat Walk Shoe Salon 7th Avenue
  • Lush Cosmetics
  • Macy’s at 34th St.

If you’re taking a sewing or fabric styling class you can find a lot of beautiful fabrics at Mood located on 225 W. 37th St.  You guys might recognize this store from one of my favorite shows, Project Runway!  I made several trips to Mood last semester when I took fabric styling.  The swatches I selected at Mood were really unique and added something really special to my style boards!



I’m having so much fun learning my way around the city and finding cool places to hang out and shop! If you’re planning on checking out FIT keep some of these awesome places in mind!  Thanks for reading and have fun exploring!

Jennifer