Daily Routine in NYC

Though the FIT Precollege Program classes are almost over, I still want to tell you guys about where I go on my free time. Who knows, maybe you’ll want to do these things even after the classes are over!

My train pulls in to Penn Station around 12:30, leaving me about an hour to do whatever I want until my class starts. Usually I make my own lunch, but recently I discovered this cute sandwich shop, Pret A Manager, located on 29th and Seventh. Here you can find all kinds of sandwiches, salads, and baguettes that are all freshly made and placed on a buffet-type shelf. You can choose anything you want because they’re all pre-made that morning and continually throughout the day! I highly recommend trying the Chicken and Mozzarella baguette…absolutely delicious! The prices are fair and vary from about $2.00-$10.00 for the pre-made foods.

Anyway, after I grab my lunch, I try to find an open seat in the cafeteria at FIT to quickly eat…no time to waste! Once I finish, I usually go to Starbucks and grab a Mocha Coconut Frappuccino…my fav! If I feel like taking a trip, or if I even have money, I will go check out the latest fashions in Buffalo Exchange. This store never fails to amaze me with the low prices and outrageous clothing! Yesterday, I picked up the cutest floral blouse with a peplum style shape for only $20! Definiely recommend checking that out as well!

During my breaks, my friends and I usually gather at the end of the hallway and chat about random things…just to pass the time. If it’s before 3:00, some girls go to Starbucks to grab a drink before it closes, but most girls grab a snack from the nearest vending machine. I don’t like to go far from the classroom because I wouldn’t want to be late returning to class!

This class has brought me so many friends from all over the world. We have all planned to meet up after class on the last day and spend the night together in the city…maybe go shopping and have a nice dinner in Times Square.

Yes, I am sad that the classes are almost over, but I am happy to say that I’ve had a wonderful experience here and made wonderful friends!

Fino alla volta prossima!

Gabriela

My Elderly Bodyguard

Hola blog readers! So I’m going to let you in on one of my weird habits… I use elderly women as body guards. Trust me, it’s a lot more sensible than it sounds.

For example, every day after FIT I have to walk two blocks to my parents’ office. You never know what could happen in two blocks… So what I usually do is walk behind or next to an old woman. Who would hurt an old woman? Exactly. No one. Who would hurt a handsome, trendy, desireable sixteen year old walking next to an old woman? Hopefully no one…

So here is today’s old lady:

Grandma

She wore a cute little sun hat and was carrying a recycle bag full of books. 

Also, I discovered a few little spots that you guys can check out during your lunch break, or even after FIT! For lunch today I went to Rosa’s Pizza with some friends. It is conveniently across the street from the D Building entrance and they had delicious slices! I definitely recommend Rosa’s. There’s also a Starbuck’s very close by where I made a quick stop to get an iced coffee during my fifteen minute break.

After FIT I decided to check out the thrift store, Buffalo Exchange. I heard many good things about the shop, and being the shopaholic I am, I had to check it out. They had really cool, worn, vintage-looking shoes, as well as greatly discounted shirts, sweaters, denim, shorts, and any other kind of apparel/shoes/accessories you could think of. Their selection for women is a lot bigger, but nevertheless the men’s side didn’t lack to impress. I found a great Michael Kors knit sweater for only $20! I was on line to purchase it when I realized it was summer, and the last thing I should be buying was a knit sweater…

I have an assignment to complete for HAC 063: Careers in Advertising and Marketing Communications, so I should be getting to that asap.. Again, thanks for reading!! Comments are encouraged!

xoxo,

 

Bran

 

 

OUTFIT OF THE DAY:

Tops:

  • Salt Valley denim button down from Urban Outfitters available here
  • Graphic tee from H&M that you can find here

Bottoms: Brown denim cut-off shorts from Urban Outfitters

Shoes: TOMS chambray botas from here

Accessories: Vintage black/brown leather messenger bag

How to use the most of your break time when at FIT!

Time is precious, therefore you should always use it wisely! When at the FIT program, you’re given a break that ranges from 15 to 30 minutes. During this break, you can do anything, like grab a snack, eat a meal, buy a couple of things, hey, you can even venture for new possibilities! But, I suggest staying in a close rage to the campus (you must have time to get back on campus, or you’ll miss class, which is a no-no).

Since NYC is so compact and there’s virtually a store within a 10 feet range- there’s so many options available to you!   Everyone has their own tastes and preferences, but I’m here to show you my routine when I’m on my break to give you some ideas.

I always exit out of D building onto 27th street. On the left side you’ll see a variety of restaurants and stores! But my absolute favorite has to be the Lily Farm Deli!

 

The number one thing I’ll always buy at Lily Farm’s is Snapea Crisps! It’s healthy, absolutely delicious, and affordable!

Other places that I like going to on break are:

  • Rosa’s Pizza ,168 W 27th St .At 7th Ave. (left of Lily Farm)
  • Papa Johns, 213 W. 28th St (pizza is good for the soul)
  • Fashion Design Bookstore, 250 West 27th Street  of course!)
  • Revolution Books, 146 West 26th Street

Of course there’s many other places you can go too, but these are the ones that I find very comfortable. Time passes quickly in the City and with that being said, you should always keep time in your hands.  You don’t want to miss class!

Since after class I don’t really have a designated departure time to catch the bus (since it comes every five minutes), I  walk around the city to discover new things and take time for myself! I enjoy walking for a long periods of time. If I could, I would walk all the way to Central Park! I always venture off deep into the city.

Here are some places that interest me when I’m in NYC:

  • Buffalo Exchange, 114 West 26th Street
  • H mart, 25 West 32nd Street
  • Tokyo Rebel, 170 Avenue B
  • Kinokuniya Bookstore, 1073 6th Avenue
  • Bleecker Bobs, 118 West 3rd Street
  • My Plastic Heart, 210 Forsyth Street
  • The Museum of Modern Art, 11 West 53 Street
  • ONASSIS, 71 Greene Street
  • Any store on Broadway

The City is filled with such wonderful things. It would take years to discover half of what’s there! But the joy of it is, I get to have the great opportunity to go every Saturday cause of the FIT.

Time to explore even more!

Jharline

The Wonderful City of New York: My Top 5 Restaurants and Shops Near FIT

Do you ever explore the city before or after class? I know I do. Another great feature about Precollege Programs is that the location is in a great part of the city, Chelsea. There is so much for anyone and everyone to do around here and I am happy to share with you some of my favorite food and shopping spots!

My Top 5 Restaurants:

  • The Greek Corner (322 7th Ave)
  • Chipotle (501 7th Ave)
  • Brgr (287 7th Ave)
  • Panera (330 7th Avenue)
  • Rub BBQ (208 West 23rd Street)

My Top 5 Shopping Spots:

  • Mood Fabrics (225 W 37th St 3rd Floor)
  • H & M (435 7th Avenue)
  • Fashion Design Books (250 W. 27th street)
  • Zara (580 Broadway)
  • LUSH (1052 6th Avenue)

I hope you all check these places out next time you get free time before or after class!
Until next time,

xoxoxo Tori

 

The Best of the Rest: My Top 16 Places to Shop, Eat, and Hang-out

New York City is home to some of the best restaurants, and lets not forget: it is one of the top fashion capitals in the world. That being said, myself, along with all of the other Precollege students, are unbelievably fortunate to have the opportunity to take classes at FIT and be able to experience the hectic streets of NYC weekly. So, where do you guys shop, eat and go on breaks? I know where I go so here are just some places I highly recommend!

Due to the fact that Saturday/Sunday Live students get a 15-30 minute break time is limited! So, that means where we go on break is limited also. Here are just a few places to get coffee, a snack, or shop in a very close proximity to FIT (some in which you’ll probably be very familiar with):

  • Buffalo Exchange: 114 W. 26th street
  • Fashion Design Books: 250 W. 27th street (practically on FIT’s campus)
  • Barnes and Noble at FIT: between the A and B buildings
  • The Style Shop (if it’s opened): located in the A building
  • (The infamous) Starbucks: 315 7th ave
  • Argo tea: 275 7th ave (right across from the museum at FIT)
  • Cafe 27: 250 W. 27th street (between FIT’s campus)
  • Moda: 234 W. 27th street (also between FIT’s campus)
  • Trailer Park Lounge: 271 W. 23rd street (Okay, so this place is not the most attractive looking, just see the picture I posted, but it’s actually a really cool place with great food!)

Now, after class if the weather is nice and you feel like going shopping here are some places to shop (only if you are willing to take the subway or have someone to drive you because some of these stores are kind of far from FIT)

  • Beacon’s Closet: 10 W. 13th street (I mentioned this store in another post but definitely try it out!)
  • The Market: 328 W. 14th street (this place is really cool, it’s only open certain days of the week and tons of emerging designers are there with really unique things)
  • Buffalo eExchange: this one is in the East Village (332 E. 11th street) I’d recommend stopping at this store also if you are a big thrift store person because every Buffalo Exchange carries totally different things!
  • Forever 21: 50 W. 34th street
  • Zara: 580 Broadway
  • Brandy Mellville: 518 Broadway
  • And basically any store on Broadway…

Michaela