This last summer was the first that I ever spent fully in NYC. Normally, I head back home to Seattle, WA and work while staying with my family, but not this summer. I worked full time as an intern at Tory Burch and moved into my first ever off-campus apartment in Chelsea. This summer gave me a taste of what life would be like after school – my own apartment, full time work, class-free schedule, and a summer social life.
Staying in NY for the summer was a tough decision because I rarely get to see my family and friends as things are now. Ultimately, I want to move back to the west coast for work, and I made the decision to stay in NY in hopes that it would accelerate my journey to find work back home. With every job I have in the industry here in NY, I become that much more valuable to my future employers, so the more work I can get for myself, the more likely I am to be hired elsewhere.
Living in NY for the summer was a dream, other than the weather (I am not a warm/humid weather person in the slightest). As I said, I continued work at Tory Burch with my wonderful team full time. Working full time in an office environment and a team that I love was a new experience for me entirely, but I can’t wait to get back to working full time once I graduate. Not having classes also meant that when the weekend rolled around, I could actually relax and have fun without having to block out any time to work on homework. Basically, I actually got to have a life out of FIT which was new for me.
NYC is also a wonderful place to explore with friends over the summer. There are so many events going on that you can find something to do without even planning on it. Looking back on my time here over the summer, it has made me realize that I want to live in NY after graduating because I feel that the city is meant to be lived in when you are young, and if I left to go back home, I don’t think that I would ever come back to live here. NYC is willing to give you the life of your dreams if you let it.
It’s officially my favorite time of year, FALL! It’s the perfect time to take advantage of those last couple outside events before winter freezes us indoors. Speaking of events, if you don’t have plans on October 4th-7th head down to Oktoberfest. It’s a German themed beer and food festival. Its located at 78 South St, New York, NY 10038. The festival is on one of the piers overlooking the Brooklyn bridge and east river. For F.I.T students coming from the dorms, you can take either the 2 or 3 train downtown to Fulton st. For all the commuters you can take any uptown or downtown A,C,J,Z,4, or 5 train to Fulton st. Don’t forget to RSVP for your free general admission ticket online because the lines do fill up and people will be their early. Also they have great online package deals for anyone looking to save some money on food and drinks. It’s a perfect setting for a night out with the girls or possibly a date. For all the competitive folks out there feel free to participate in the stein holding contests. Essentially it’s a contest to see who can hold a big glass mug full of beer the longest. Don’t forget to pick up a giant pretzel for your train ride home. Have fun and stay safe!
Check out their link here for any more information you want on Oktoberfest.
Happy Weekend! Last week we talked about the Bronx, this week let’s talk about Brooklyn. The part of Brooklyn I am most often in is Williamsburg. With the weather on the rise, I feel that it is definitely worth the visit. My favorite part of Williamsburg is the Waterfront, which has a ton of seating and a dock. Here you can have lunch outside, go for a walk, or just catch some sun. Bedford Avenue is one of my favorite stops for food. They have any food you can imagine- from Mexican, to Japanese, to Thai, to even a simple deli sandwich. I have only explored a small portion of Brooklyn myself. The next stop on my list is Smorgasburg, which is also on the Williamsburg Waterfront. Smorgasburg is a market with different food stands from a variety of restaurants etc. Some of the vendors are very well-known around the city, such as Ramen Burger, Home Frite, and Big Mozz. I cannot wait to visit now that it feels like the cold is finally gone for good! What are you favorite parts of Brooklyn? Any recommendations?
Need to get back into Manhattan? Skip the subway! On nice days, I opt. for the East River Ferry. The ferry takes you right from Williamsburg to East Midtown. You can get to Bedford Avenue via subway by taking a train that transfers to the L train. I usually take the ACE downtown from Penn Station and transfer to the L train. From there, it takes me right to Bedford Avenue!
Where’s the next place you want to explore? Until next week…
The weather hitting above 50 degrees this weekend felt like the perfect opportunity to get some sun and fresh air… and a quick break from projects. I decided to head to the Bronx and visit the Bronx Zoo. Did you know that the Bronx Zoo offers free admission for any FIT student? Neither did I, until today! Any New York City college student gets free admission into the zoo. Have a friend who is not a NYC college student? No problem- the zoo has free admission for every guest every Wednesday!
It was refreshing to step right outside of Manhattan and visit a neighboring area. I am rarely ever in the Bronx, so I am glad to have had the chance to check it out. People typically spend a few hours at the zoo; I myself arrived at 2pm and stayed until closing at 5:30pm. I’m glad I took my time-the lions finally woke up from their nap at the end of the day!
From Herald Square, you can take the D Train to Fordham Road Station, and then the Bx12 bus from E Fordham Rd/Grand Concourse to Fordham Rd/Southern Bl which is only a three minute walk to the zoo. The trip is about an hour, but well worth it. The zoo is open seven days a week, 10am-5pm Monday through Friday, and until 5:30 on the weekend. Be sure to check it out!
April is Sexual Assault Awareness Month and FIT, as well as SUNY, is joining the One Love Foundation campaign to go “Around the World for Yeardley” in honor of Yeardley Love and other victims and survivors of relationship abuse. SUNY campuses across the state will organize campus Yards for Yeardley campaigns with the goal of reaching 50 million yards.
The walk will begin and end in the Breezeway, with a loop around the FIT block. There will be giveaways, prizes, and snacks for participants! Be sure to take a lap and enter to win a prize via your raffle ticket!
Make sure to stop by the Sexual Assault Awareness Resource Fair taking place from 9 am – 4 pm in the Breezeway. Join the FIT community as we take a united stand against sexual assault.