Ho ho ho and happy holidays from the Muppets!
Spotted at C.O. Bigelow Apothecaries on 6th Avenue in the Village.
Lately, I’ve just had enough with the hustle and bustle of midtown. It’s the mid/end of semester drag. I’m not a fan of the crowds…
I’ve really found solace in Brooklyn Heights. If you take the 4 or 5 Train to Borough Hall, you can find this beautiful place.
There are quaint coffee shops, classy stores, nice restaurants, and, of course, some of the best views of lower Manhattan. It’s much quieter than Manhattan (especially 55th, for those of you who live there). It seems much more neighborhood-y and peaceful. I have recently enjoyed doing my homework in coffee shops there such as the Connecticut Muffin on Montague Street (which also features some nice shops and restaurants).
A few weekends ago, my friend Jayla and I enjoyed the beautiful Brooklyn Heights Promenade right by the water. It was such a windy day, but it was so worth it for the view.
If you’re looking to get away from the Manhattan hustle and bustle, even if just for a few hours, I highly recommend taking a trip to Brooklyn Heights!
One of my favorite things about being in New York City is that there is an awesome event going on every day of the week, at just about every time of day.I get especially excited about those involving live music. It’s a real struggle for me not to check for concert dates of my favorite musicians and bands every time I get my hands on a laptop.
This weekend, one of my best friends from home, Jayla, came to visit. The big event was seeing the woman who created the soundtrack to my middle school and high school days live in concert: Kate Nash. I have been obsessed with her music ever since middle school. I have memories of locking my bedroom door, putting in my headphones, and blaring her music, especially when I felt lonely or upset. Getting to see her live in concert is an experience I shall never, ever forget.
For starters, I knew all of the words to every song that she played, so every song was my “favorite song.” Second, she has a close fan-following called the “Girl Gang,” which I am proud to call myself a part of. Getting to meet other Girl Gang members was awesome…we all turn into total fan girls and swear to attend as many Kate Nash concerts as we can.
But here’s the most exciting part: I HELD HANDS with Kate Nash and danced with her to a chorus of her song “Ohmygod.” She literally came into the audience and started this huge dance party with everyone! Later on in the concert, she crowd surfed right over where I was standing!
The most exciting thing about this concert, though, is Kate’s message. In an interview years ago, the interviewer asked Kate if it offended her if the majority of her following is teen girls. Frankly, Kate went off on him, and has ever since been all about inspiring young girls to be themselves and realize that they are bigger and better than society’s ideals of what women should be.
Now that I’ve totally gone all fan-girly on all of you, I just want to say that when I left the concert, I was filled with so much love for absolutely everybody and everything, including New York City. I am so thankful to be living in a place where there are so many opportunities (and awesome concerts). I wouldn’t want to be anywhere else!
The world famous Christmas Tree has arrived in Rockefeller Center!!! Its an exciting time in NYC has the city prepares for the 2013 holiday season. As you walk around the city streets you see the holiday displays and lights being put up! The tree will be decorated over the next few weeks and the tree will be lit on Wednesday December 4th at 9pm! Thousands of people will fill the surrounding area to be the first to see the tree light, and thousands more will watch on TV around the world. One of the most exciting things about being in NYC this time of year! Check it out!
Front Row: Lauren, Chelsea, Sarah, Samm
Back Row: Gibby, Lisa, and your’s truly, me!
We share an apartment at MMC’s 55th Street Residence Hall. Lisa, Gibby and I share one bedroom; Chelsea, Sarah, Lauren and Samm share the other bedroom. We have a small kitchen, 2 bathrooms and one shower in our apartment.
Seven girls crammed into one apartment sounds intimidating. Every possible challenge we could face played out in my mind when I first got the rooming assignment; getting along, space and noise issues, cleaning, etc.
But, trust me – it turned out to be easier that you’d think. Much easier. Here’s how we make it work:
- Getting along: we texted each other almost every day before moving in. It was good to get to know each other beforehand, and we keep the communication flowing with roomie-meetings and our group text message.
- Space and sharing: we keep to our own stuff. What’s mine is mine, if you want to share, all you have to do is ask.
- Sharing our ONE shower: this one scared me the most, but turned out to be one of the easiest things to deal with. First of all, it definitely helps that our schedules are different - the shower is always free at one point or another. Otherwise, when we’re all in the apartment, a simple phrase - “Hey guys, do y’all mind if I jump in the shower quick?” - does the trick.
- Noise and visitors: seven girls and their friends in one apartment… there’s bound to be noise issues. We found a functional way to avoid too much noise, especially when we’re trying to sleep or study. We developed our own schedule for “visiting hours”: on weeknights, everyone’s out and quiet hours begin at 10PM, midnight on weekends.
- Cleaning: we do our own dishes and we assigned ourselves one part of the apartment to clean weekly. I’m responsible for cleaning the toilets – weeee!
I could list an entire dictionary of how we keep things running smoothly in 301, but those are the big ones. The most important thing for us is communication. My roommates and I have avoided many potential conflicts by being open and honest with each other.
It sounds corny (and it’s corny to say “it sounds corny”), but my roommates and I are like a family. We’ve even given each other family roles:
Sarah is the nurturing Mom, Lauren is the cool Dad, Gibby is the cute little sibling, Chelsea is the rebellious middle-child, Samm is the role-model big sister, Lisa is the hilarious crazy grandma, and I’m the loveable crazy aunt.
Sure, we have rough patches, but we always find a way to work it out. These girls are the closest thing I have to a family while I’m away from home and I love them all!
Shout-out to my main cookies in 301! xo
New York Comic Con 2013 Cosplay Round Up!
Everyone who knows me knows I’m a comic book geek. Comics are something of an obsession with me, and I make it a point to attend conventions whenever I have the time or money. NYCC is hands down my favorite convention. Not only is it local (meaning no paying for gas, a plane ticket, or a hotel room!!) but it’s also the biggest comic convention on the east coast… and in fact, it’s the biggest convention in North America, having surpassed San Diego in attendance numbers.
One of my favorite convention activities is not only doing my own cosplay, but also photographing other cosplayers. These dedicated fans make their own replica costumes and wear them with pride. You kind of get into a “gotta catch ‘em all” sort of mentality, camera at the ready as dozens (or even thousands, in the case of NYCC) of your favorite characters stroll the con and pose for photos. It is, plainly put, a ton of fun.
Here’s some of my favorite cosplay photos from NYCC 2013, held at the Javits Center in Manhattan October 10-13. There were a ton of gorgeous costumes on display over the weekend. More photos can be found in my Facebook album. I took a ton of photos over the weekend, so check out the gallery!
Fall has always been my favorite season. In my opinion, my small Central-Pennsylvanian hometown is home of some of the most gorgeous fall foliage. I have very fond memories of going on fall car rides with my parents, just around the countryside, looking at the beautiful, colorful trees. Then of course, Halloween always brought anticipation and excitement. It was like the grand finale to my favorite season, and the perfect lead-in to Thanksgiving and Christmas.
Being in New York City for college, I have really been missing the beautiful fall foliage, but a few days ago, I spent a good few hours walking around Central Park looking at the fall foliage there! I have to say, I was impressed. It wasn’t quite like “home,” but I could still smell fall in the air, and seeing all the little kids running around and playing in the leaves made me happy and nostalgic. I went back to Central Park a few days in a row after that, and because it is so close to Marymount (walk on 3rd Avenue to 72nd street, and then walk west to 5th Avenue), I found that I can actually walk there during my breaks during the school day. It’s a great place to get back in touch with nature (it’s so difficult to do so, living in the city), and it’s wonderful to clear your mind amongst the colorful trees and crisp fall air.
Here is my favorite picture of the day. I sat on a bench here while reading a play for my script analysis class, The Maids by Jean Genet; and the book, Giovanni’s Room for my writing class.
Here’s another typical, but fun picture from my fall-adventures in Central Park :)
Wow! I cannot believe how fast my freshman year went. It’s now summer! (and as you can see from the picture above, my friends and I were anxious to begin soaking up some sun out on the MMC terrace.)
Looking back on this year I have nothing but good memories and I am excited for all of the fun that is still ahead! Living and going to school in the city is definitely different than going to a “regular college”, but it is so much more exciting and you will be faced with so many awesome opportunities. I don’t think any other college could hook you up with free tickets to multiple broadway shows and professional sports games. People always ask me, “Do you ever go to class?!” - Well, yes! Except that sometimes my classes get to do cool things like go to The Met, Central Park, or a private Art Gallery.
#MMC2017 get excited!! See you in the fall :)
New flowers are blossoming up on every street, the suns out later, and the air is getting warmer. It’s a lovely spring here at Marymount Manhattan!
Any prospective Marymount Manhattan students interested in art or photography would love my History Of Photography class with Professer Ann Brandeis-Pierno. We recently took a class trip to the Howard Greenberg Gallery (where a Marymount alum works) and got to see the exhibit “LOVE: South Beach in The 80s” by Gay Block (pictured above.)
My roommate Paige, our friend Sara, and I decided to get in on some TriBeCa Film Festival fun by attending a Q&A session with director Daniel Algrant and actor Penn Badgley (Gossip Girl, Easy A, The Stepfather) at the Apple Store in Soho about their film “Greetings From Tim Buckley”
Aaaand, as if I haven’t been having enough fun already, Marymount was able to provide us with FREE tickets to the Yankees vs Astro’s game last week.
Now it’s time to study for midterms!
The Campus Activities Board arranged for students to attend the Yankees vs. Astros game last night! I’d never been up to the Bronx before, nor seen a Yankees game so it was pretty exciting. Even if the Yankees hadn’t won, the Nathan’s hot dogs would’ve definitely made up for it.