Category Archives: food

Fun on a Budget in NYC

Hi everyone!

Even if you have only visited NYC, you’ll notice how quickly costs add up! When you’re a student on a tight budget, this can make having fun seem like an expensive treat. However, there are many fun things to do for little to no cash.

Free Museum Days
Many NYC museums have free days, or nights when you can pay as you wish. If there’s one you’re interested in going to, check on their website. They even might have student discounts or special events. MoMA has free admission for SUNY students (which means an FIT id gets you in for free!) and many other places have similar arrangements.

Cheap Eats
Want to go out with friends on a budget? I would recommend grabbing dollar slice pizza and taking it to a park, or checking out Chinatown. The good eats abound in Chinatown, my friends and I are really big fans of Shanghai Dumpling on Mott St. Get their soup dumplings- it’ll change your life and the shared plates system means you get to try a lot of things while paying less than you would for one meal out most places.

Take a Walk
When I first moved to NYC, I would walk EVERYWHERE! Since where I worked was a 30 minute walk, instead of taking the subway I would just grab my sneakers and go on foot. It’s great exercise, and saved me quite a bit in the long run. Additionally, it’s one of my favorite ways to find new places in the city. Passing by a cafe or cool shop while walking gives you the freedom to pop in for a bit and check it out. Save on metro fees and turn on a podcast to go – the savings do add up!

Picnic in the Park
Enjoy a nice day in the park with friends! Grab some snacks or make a few sandwiches and hang out in one of NYC’s many parks. Bring a deck of cards and a speaker and enjoy the outdoors!

College Student Potluck
My personal favorite- instead of everyone bringing a full dish to share, each person brings an ingredient and everyone cooks together. It’s a lot easier than finding time to prepare in advance and it makes for a cheap and easy dinner! My friends and I have made pizza (one person grabs crust, the other sauce, etc) and sushi amongst other things.

These are just a few ways to have fun on a budget! As much as I love a good $5 latte (oops), there are so many ways to enjoy the city and hang out with friends on the cheap.

What ways have you found to have fun on a budget?
Sam

All About Oktoberfest!

Hey Friends,

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.

http://oktober-fest.nyc/

Sincerely,

Jacquelyn Ortiz

Next Stop, Brooklyn!

Hey everyone,

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…
Annmarie X

A Week @ FIT:

As many students wonder what actually happens during the week at FIT, the Department of Student Life gives all students a great breakdown of different events and activities going on, day by day! Each Sunday, “This Week @ FIT” provides plenty of information on things going on around campus. As a great intro into Week of Welcome, here is the daily get-down around town, or campus that is..

Tuesday, January 30

DECA’s Bake Sale | Sponsored by FIT Collegiate DECA
9am-5pm | David Dubinsky Student Center, Lobby

Come support FIT Collegiate DECA in their efforts to raise money for their annual competition! We will be selling baked goods to sweeten up your day!

Stalking Awareness | Sponsored by the Campus Anti-Violence Education Group and the Security Advisory Committee
12-2pm | David Dubinsky Student Center Lobby

January is Stalking Awareness Month! The New York Police Department will be in theDubinsky Lobby on Tuesday, January 30, 2018 from 12:00-2:00 pm to share tips and tricks for staying safe in the city. Learn different ways to stay safe and about resources on and off campus. This event is sponsored by the Campus Anti-Violence Education Group in collaboration with the Security Advisory Committee.

Gospel Choir Bake Sale | Sponsored by the FIT Gospel Choir
12-4pmDavid Dubinsky Student Center, Lobby

Stop by the Dubinsky Lobby to grab a sweet treat and support the FIT Gospel Choir!

Get to Know The Library | Sponsored by The Gladys Marcus Library
12-2pm | Shirley Goodman Resource Center, 5th Floor Library Service Desk

The Library is one of the highest rated and most used resources on campus. Find out why by joining taking a 15 minute tour of our facilities and services.

New Club and Organization Financial Training | Sponsored by the Department of Student Life and the FIT Student Government Association
1-2pm | David Dubinsky Student Center, A721
Are you an member of an FIT Club or Organization? Attend New Club Training to get a refresher on Club and Organization policies and procedures. *Mandatory for New Clubs* Tuesday’s training will review important financial policies and procedures. 

FIT SGA Hello Dolly Ticket Sale I Sponsored by the FIT SGA

1:15-2pm I David Dubinsky Student Center, A724

Welcome Week Ticket Sale; First Come, First Served! Stop by the David Dubinsky Student Center, 7th Floor Room A724 starting at 1:15pm to 2pm (or until tickets are sold) to buy tickets for the Broadway show Hello, Dolly! starring Bernadette Peters on Thursday, February 1st @ 7pm for $30/ea. Exact change/cash only and FIT ID is required (each ID can buy two tickets and non-FIT guests are permitted). Please contact Allie Carter at [email protected] for any questions or more information.

Outdoor Track & Field Team Meeting | Sponsored by the Department of Athletics and Recreation 
5:30pm | David Dubinsky Student Center, Auxiliary Gym, AX39

Interested in joining FIT’s outdoor track & field team? Come down to the auxiliary gym to meet Coach Joe, find out details and ask any questions you may have.  Can’t make the meeting? contact the coach at joseph_plutz@fitnyc.edu instead!

Dance Company Auditions | Sponsored by the Department of Athletics and Recreation 
8:30pm | Business and Liberal Arts Center, Dance Studio, BX28

Got what it takes to join FIT’s dance company? Come down to the dance studio to show off your moves, find out details and ask any questions you may have. Contact the dance company director at carlita_ector@fitnyc.edu for more info

Wednesday, January 31

Civility Initiative | Sponsored by The Office of Diversity, Equity, & Inclusion
12-2pm | David Dubinsky Student Center, Lobby

Stop by the table to learn about FIT’s exciting new civility initiative. Students will be able to sign the civility pledge, pick up button, and take a selfie in front of civility backdrop showing their support. Don’t forget to post your photo to social media using #IPledge.

FIT SGA Movie Night ‘Wonder Woman’ | Sponsored by The Student Government Association (FIT SGA)
8pm | David Dubinsky Student Center, Dining Hall                                         

Join your Student Government Programming Committee for a screening of WONDER WOMAN. Movie nights are held bi-weekly same time, same place! Fresh popcorn always served!

Thursday, February 1

Get to Know The Library | Sponsored by The Gladys Marcus Library
12-2pm | Shirley Goodman Resource Center, 5th Floor Library Service Desk

The Library is one of the highest rated and most used resources on campus. Find out why by joining taking a 15 minute tour of our facilities and services.

OL Recruitment Table | Sponsored by The Department of Student Life
12-2pm | David Dubinsky Student Center, Lobby

Interested in joining the 2018 Orientation Leader Team? Stop by the David Dubinsky Student Center lobby for more details.

OL Information Session | Sponsored by The Department of Student Life
1-2pm | Fred P. Pomerantz Art and Design Center, D530

Interested in joining the 2018 Orientation Leader Team? Join us for this informative and fun info session!

New Club and Organization Leader Training | Sponsored by the Department of Student Life and The Student Government Association 
1-2pm | David Dubinsky Student Center, A721

Are you an member of an FIT Club or Organization? Attend new club training to get a refresher on Club and Organization policies and procedures. *Mandatory for New Clubs*

BSU “For the Cuture” Model Casting | Sponsored by the Black Student Union
1-2pm | David Dubinsky Student Center, A734
FIT’s Black Student Union is hosting model castings for their 2018 “For the Culture” runway presentation. Models must bring heels to walk in and come prepared with measurements known.

Provided by The Department of Student Life

Being FIT for the New Year:

As we all come back from the hibernation that is Winter Break, I’m sure we all have told ourselves “only one bite” of your aunt’s delicious chocolate cake or mom’s famous macaroni and cheese. If you’re like me, taking only “one” bite turns into ten.

Going into 2018, here are some tips I’m going to taking into consideration to start this year healthy!

  • Eat – No this is not a typo! Eat, and eat well this year. As much as people believe not eating will help you lose weight, it actually does the opposite. The key is to replace the “not so healthy” foods in your diet with healthier ones, not less food that your body needs!

  • Stay active – As the school semester begins, we all know sticking to an exercise routine gets harder and harder. Little workouts always count, break up an hour throughout your day of different cardio and strength exercises to keep those calories burning and sweat dripping.

  • Find a diet for you – If you’re one to diet, find the one that you and your body enjoy the most. Not every diet is meant for everyone, so don’t be pressured by peers to stick to one plan if it’s just not you!

Here’s to being healthy and happy in 2018! Let’s make this year a great one.

xx

Mariano