Tag Archive: college
May 14, 2017
(Photo credits to my best friend Soph for this one!!!)
I can’t believe it! My freshman year is over. Where did the time go?! It feels like just yesterday I was graduating high school and moving into my dorm. Now I’m going to be a sophomore. Holy guacamole!
These past nine months have been absolutely amazing. I’ve loved living in New York, making friends, hanging out at my new yoga studio, learning exciting things and, of course, eating lots of delicious food. I feel so much happier and more relaxed than I ever did in high school. Moving somewhere different totally changed my perspective. I’ve grown a lot, whether in being kinder to myself or more selective about to whom I extend my friendship. I’ve been able to let go a lot of past angst, things that had been holding me back for a while. It feels like a tremendous weight has been lifted off my shoulders, and the Big Apple has put the spring back into my step.
But, most importantly, I finally feel like I belong somewhere. I never felt like I fit in in my preppy suburban town. While I made it work and had great friends nonetheless, I knew from childhood that I was meant to be somewhere else. And now, I finally feel like I’ve found that place. The energy of New York is electric, and the people I’ve met here are so my type. I’ve loved listening to music with my friends, sharing life philosophies with my roommates, dancing with my yoga buddies — people who know how quirky they are and aren’t ashamed to show it. I feel so grateful to be in such a wonderful city.
In this post, I’m going to share some of my favorite photos and memories from this year — mostly so that, one day, I can look back and remember all of the fun. I hope you enjoy!
First days at Laughing Lotus, Flatiron District, August 2016
Mac and cheese at The Smith, East Village, September 2016
Walking the Brooklyn Bridge with Sophie, September 2016
Backbending at Laughing Lotus, Flatiron District, September 2016
Cookies at Levain Bakery, Upper West Side, September 2016
Walking to Brooklyn across Manhattan Bridge, September 2016
Being bougie at Brookfield Place, Financial District, with Kevin, September 2016
UFO Cone at Ice & Vice, Chinatown, September 2016
Bushwick Collective, Bushwick (Brooklyn), September 2016
Matcha Latte at Bibble and Sip, Theater District, October 2016
My room at Founders Hall, East Village, October 2016
Shovels & Rope at Williamsburg Hall of Music, Williamsburg (Brooklyn), October 2016
Last day of 200 Hour Yoga Teacher Training at Saraswati’s Yoga Joint, October 2016
Sending off my vote for POTUS (HILL YEAH), October 2016
Iconic Birken-sock combo with street art, East Village, October 2016
Foliage at Prospect Park, Park Slope/Prospect Heights (Brooklyn), October 2016
Breakfast at Buvette, West Village, October 2016
Chocolat chaud at Maribelle, Soho, October 2016
Kara on the West Side Highway, October 2016
Advisory NYC reunion, October 2016 (Alison, Alexandra, myself, Maggie, Haley)
Frozen smore at Dominique Ansel, Soho, October 2016
Protesting at Trump Tower, Midtown, November 2016
Being nasty in the East Village, November 2016
Rockaway Beach (Queens) with Mallika and Ruchi (two of my roomies), November 2016
Sticky notes at Union Square, November 2016
Brunch at Queens Comfort, Astoria (Queens), November 2016
Exploring Astoria (Queens), November 2016
Christmas tree at Bryant Park, Midtown, December 2016
Late Show with Steven Colbert, Theater District, December 2016
Bernie Sanders at Cooper Union, East Village, December 2016
Lunch date with Stephanie, Greenwich Village, December 2016
Sunset on Sanibel Island, Florida, December 2016
Street Art in Hong Kong, January 2017
Stanley Harbor, Hong Kong, January 2017
Tai Tam Reservoir, Hong Kong, January 2017
Soup dumplings, Hong Kong, January 2017
Hello Kitty dim sum, Hong Kong, January 2017
Pastries at Cafe Causette, Hong Kong, January 2017
Shopping in Hong Kong, January 2017
Jeromy in Washington Square Park, January 2017
Lower East Side, January 2017
A bad hombre and a nasty woman, Williamsburg (Brooklyn), January 2017
Tompkins Square Bagels, East Village, January 2017
Pussy hat 24/7, Williamsburg (Brooklyn), January 2017
Rally for immigration reform, Battery Park, Financial District, January 2017
Hiding from the patriarchy in my favorite tree in Prospect Park, Park Slope/Prospect Heights (Brooklyn), February 2017
Snow day in Central Park, February 2017
Neon sign in the Flatiron District, February 2017
Hello Kitty ice cream in Flushing (Queens), February 2017
Sunrise clouds from my dorm window, East Village, February 2017
Valentine’s Day vibes, Greenwich Village, February 2017
Soul sisters, February 2017
Sophie’s 18th, February 2017
Lake Street Dive at College Street Music Hall, New Haven, February 2017
First warm day of the season, Washington Square Park, February 2017
Severn at Williamsburg Waterfront, Williamsburg (Brooklyn), February 2017
Brunch at Milk and Roses, Greenpoint (Brooklyn), March 2017
International Women’s Day Rally with Alienor, Washington Square Park, March 2017
Sophie at golden hour, March 2017
Advisory pizza party, March 2017
Family dinners with Kas, East Village, March 2017
Being artsy at Spreadhouse Cafe, Lower East Side, March 2017
Tongues out with Sophie, Elizabeth Street Garden, Nolita, March 2017
Stealing daffodils at the Elizabeth Street Garden, Nolita, March 2017
Breakfast at Citizens of Chelsea, Chelsea, March 2017
Early cherry blossoms at Central Park, April 2017
Stealing more flowers at Central Park, April 2017
Daffodils at the Elizabeth Street Garden, Nolita, April 2017
Spicy Spring from Prince Street Pizza, Nolita, April 2017
Ample Hills cone, Park Slope, April 2017
Prospect Park, Park Slope/Prospect Heights (Brooklyn), with Scarlett, April 2017
Scarlett at Prospect Park, Park Slope/Prospect Heights (Brooklyn), April 2017
Prospect Park cherry blossoms, Park Slope/Prospect Heights (Brooklyn), April 2017
Rowing with Kevin in Central Park, April 2017
Murray’s Cheese Bar, West Village, April 2017
Walking the Brooklyn Bridge, April 2017
Cobble Hill, April 2017
Ice cream at Sundaes & Cones, East Village, April 2017
Cherry blossoms in Washington Square Park, April 2017
March for Science, Theater District, April 2017
Falafel slider, Techniques of Regional Cuisine final, April 2017
Shelby in Washington Square Park, April 2017
Flowers in Alphabet City, April 2017
Shelby at the 6B Community Garden, Alphabet City/East Village, April 2017
Roommates (Amanda, Abby, Mallika, Ruchi) in Greenpoint (Brooklyn), April 2017
Paulie Gee’s, Greenpoint (Brooklyn), April 2017
Serendipity 3, Upper East Side, April 2017
Roommates (Ruchi, Mallika, Abby, Amanda) at Wowfulls, Lower East Side, May 2017
Wowfulls, Lower East Side, May 2017
Fourteenth floor squad at Wowfulls, Lower East Side, May 2017
Laughing Lotus, Flatiron District, May 2017
View from West Side Highway, May 2017
Birthday cake courtesy of roommates, May 2017
Last lunch with the roomies, Greenwich Village, May 2017
Thanks to everyone who made my freshman year so special. Here’s to many more good times!!!
P.S. A year wouldn’t be complete without a playlist. So in case you’ve read this far (haha), here were some of my favorites from this year!
- Life Itself ~ Glass Animals
- Dearly Departed ~ Shakey Graves and Esme Patterson
- Call Me ~ St. Paul and the Broken Bones
- Hell Yeah ~ Lake Street Dive
- Leaves and Kings ~ Josh Ritter
- Dopamine ~ BORNS
- Stronger Than That ~ Bahamas
- Anywhere ~ Passenger
- Part of Me ~ Tedeschi Trucks Band
- Hail Hail ~ Shovels & Rope
- Stay ~ Kygo
- Bad Moon Rising ~ Creedence Clearwater Revival
- Me and Julio Down by the Schoolyard ~ Paul Simon
- Stayin’ Alive ~ Bee Gees (yes, laugh at me all you want)
- Gemini Feed ~ Banks
- Never Be Like You ~ Flume
- Sex and Question Marks ~ The Wombats
- Youth ~ Glass Animals
- 29 #Strafford APTS ~ Bon Iver
- My Heart’s in the Right Place ~ Lake Street Dive
- All Is Now Harmed ~ Ben Howard
- Josh McBride ~ The Head and the Heart
- Girl from the North Country ~ Bob Dylan
- Be the Song ~ Foy Vance
- Godawful Things ~ Lake Street Dive
- Amazing Eyes ~ Good Old War
- Wild Ones ~ Bahari
- Beekeeper ~ David Wax Museum
- Your Sly Smile ~ Iron & Wine
- Tomorrow ~ Shakey Graves
- La Belle Fleur Sauvage ~ Lord Huron
- You Go Down Smooth ~ Lake Street Dive
- Two of Us on the Run ~ Lucius
- Fool ~ BORNS
- Diamonds on the Soles of Her Shoes ~ Paul Simon
- Fell in Love with a Girl ~ The White Stripes
- No You Girls ~ Franz Ferdinand
- Elijah ~ Lake Street Dive
- Paint It, Black ~ The Rolling Stones
- HandClap ~ Fitz and the Tantrums
- Aftershave Ocean ~ The Vaccines
- Little Record Girl ~ Bahamas
- Two Fingers ~ Jake Bugg
- Goodway ~ Monsters of Folk
- Colas ~ David Wax Museum
- Wildewoman ~ Lucius
- Go Your Own Way ~ Fleetwood Mac
- Born at the Right Time ~ Paul Simon
- Tilted ~ Christine and the Queens
- Save the World ~ Shovels & Rope
- I Know What I Know ~ Paul Simon
- Get Together ~ Handsome and Gretyl
- Dancing at the Blue Lagoon ~ Cayucas
- Everybody Wants to Rule the World ~ Tears for Fears
- All Around the World or the Myth of Fingerprints ~ Paul Simon
- Artifice ~ SOHN
- Buckets of Rain ~ Bob Dylan
- I’ve Just Seen a Face ~ The Beatles
- Good Morning ~ Grouplove
- Waiting on the Summer ~ VHS Collection
- If She Wants Me ~ Belle & Sebastian
- Doing Good ~ Milky Chance
- She’s a Rainbow ~ The Rolling Stones
- She Loves You ~ The Beatles
- I Don’t Want to Know ~ Fleetwood Mac
Tags: college, my life
February 5, 2017
Hello everybody! I’m still alive! I assure you that I have neither joined a nomadic beat poetry group nor relocated to a cave in Tahiti to hide from the Trump administration. I am still here, in all of my potato glory, in New York City. I’m in the second semester of my freshman year at NYU, which I think is pretty darn crazy. It feels like I just got here! At least in terms of my personal life, I haven’t been this happy in a long time. I love my classes, I love my professors, I love my friends, I love my yoga studio, I love my city. Such a stark contrast to how unhappy and unfulfilled I often felt in high school. Even though younger Abby knew how great college was going to be, I wish I could go back in time and reassure her how much better things were going to get.
Everything I’ve been doing has totally rocked my world. I’ve marched in protests with tens of thousands of other people. Gone exploring in all kinds of cool places, often completely on my own. Dug through endless racks at thrift stores, danced my heart out at folk rock concerts in Brooklyn, written essays and papers about xenophobia in cuisine and the history of gluten, taken yoga classes with live blues music. So freaking cool. I love it all.
Oh, and the food here? Freaking phenomenal. While I don’t eat out all of the time (because I’m required to be on a meal plan — yuck — and don’t want to turn into a broke bowling ball), I try my best to get out and see what kinds of culinary delights the Big Apple has to offer. Here are some of my favorite places that I’ve been to thus far!
23 Clinton Street (Lower East Side)
I love tea. I love bubbles. So what could be better than bubble tea?!
For some reason, they don’t have boba where I’m from in Connecticut. Which, by the way, makes absolutely no sense. Connecticut is filled with basic white people, and basic white people love ~slightly~ exotic things, particularly fruity beverages. Oh, and balls. Tehee! So why no bubble tea, Fairfield County? Still a mystery to me.
Anyway, Boba Guys is my remedy for all of my bubble tea-deprived years. Located in a cool, slightly grungy neighborhood just south of Houston Street, it’s a great place to stop while exploring the eastern side of downtown. Boba Guys uses really high quality ingredients, which Ms. Food Studies Major beyond appreciates. Real, freshly-brewed teas, tapioca balls made in house, organic milk and non-dairy milks? Sign me up!
My favorite drink is the strawberry tea fresca, which is sweet and super fruity. Definitely a solid pick for a hot spring or summer day. Other great options include the matcha latte, chamomile mint and lychee green tea. I’ve also had a pumpkin spice tea before, which was surprisingly good (and unsurprisingly basic). I’d also suggest that if you, like me, are not the biggest fan of diabetes, you order your tea at 50% sweetness or less. The only thing you’ll be missing out on is elevated blood sugar levels.
Recommended activities nearby: Wander around the Lower East Side. Clinton Street is cool, as is nearby Ludlow Street. You’re also not far from the Williamsburg Bridge, which will take you right to the heart of hipsterdom in a good 45 minutes. If you walk west, you’ll also find yourself in Nolita, one of my favorite neighborhoods. Very worth a visit.
Nearest subway: Delancey Street (F line) or Essex Street (J, M, and Z)
Tompkins Square Bagels
165 Avenue A (Alphabet City/East Village)
“Oh babe, meet me at Tompkins Square (Bagels)…” — Not Mumford & Sons
My personal favorite breakfast spot in all of New York. Located in the quiet, neighborhood-y East Village, this place screams cozy and casual. They bake bagels fresh every day and offer a wide breadth of cream cheeses and spreads, ranging from scallion-bacon to cookie dough.
While I’ve tried a variety of combinations, my favorite is a toasted everything bagel with scallion cream cheese, avocado and tomato, maybe with lox if I’m feeling fancy. I also really like a toasted French toast or cinnamon raisin bagel with banana and mixed berry cream cheese when I’m in a sweeter mood.
Although I’ve never been to Tompkins Square Bagels when it’s super busy, rumor has it that lines are insane on Saturday and Sunday mornings. I’d definitely recommend coming on the early side (definitely before 8:30 or 9) and/or on a weekday when it’s pleasantly calm. It’s also cash-only, so come prepared!
Recommended activities: I know Alphabet City got a bad rep “before my time,” but at least from my point of view, it’s a fine place for wandering around during the day. Tompkins Square Park is right across the street (as implied in the name), and there’s a cute garden nearby along Avenue B. Keep your eyes peeled for an enormous mural featuring kitties imbibing in all kinds of illegal substances. There are also some bomb thrift stores along 1st Avenue, my favorite being AuH2O on 7th Street between 1st and 2nd.
Nearest subway: 1st Ave (L line)
167 West 74th Street (Upper West Side)
I just sold you with that picture. Need I say more?
These cookies are gargantuan. Maybe large enough to be considered a pet. Can you have a pet cookie? Hmm. Anyway, think warm, soft on the inside, crunchy on the outside. Boy they are good. Everyone loves the classic (chocolate chip with walnuts), but I actually preferred the oatmeal raisin and double chocolate. So freaking phenomenal.
There’s usually a line, so get ready to wait fifteen to twenty minutes for your carby goodness. It’s so worth it though. I’d also recommend bringing a friend along — that way, you can try more than one of their four flavors and not feel like a gluttonous monster for doing so.
Recommended activities nearby: Central Park is five minutes away, so maybe go for a walk (or run) to burn off some calories? Haha? The Museum of Natural History also isn’t far, and no one can ever say no to giant rocks and dinosaurs. (Still my favorite museum).
Nearest subway: 72nd Street/Broadway (1/2/3 line)
509 Amsterdam Avenue (Upper West Side)
So, funny story about this place. I was supposed to meet a friend there for brunch, but she couldn’t make it last-minute. Instead of turning around and heading back downtown, I decided to stay and have brunch by myself. Hey, I’m a pretty cool potato, I don’t mind spending time with myself!
After waiting for an hour (as Sunday brunch goes in New York), I was seated by the door and handed their extensive Southern-inspired menu featuring every gravy, cheese and maple syrup-drowned creation known to man. Yes, I ordered both the fried chicken and pancakes and macaroni and cheese. Both. My appetite is infinite (although I did have leftovers for three days). Everyone waiting in line found it slightly appalling and completely hysterical that I was enjoying so much food on my own and completely having a ball with it. (Did I dance while eating my food? You bet your ass!)
Everything was absolutely delicious. Jacob’s Pickles does dinner, too (and it’s a lot less crowded, plus you can make reservations) so if you hate lines, that might be a better option. But if you love comfort food, you gotta check this place out.
Recommended activities nearby: Not far from Central Park, so if it’s a nice day, go for a walk. I’d suggest heading north, since the park is a lot less crowded (and really beautiful) up in the 90’s and 100’s. If you’re looking for some culture, go across the park and veer down south, where you’ll find yourself at the Met.
Nearest subway: 86th Street (1/2 line)
40-09 30th Ave, Astoria (Queens)
On a sunny day in November, my best buddy Kara and I boarded the N train from Union Square and wound our way over to Queens. Our mission? Brunch, baby.
Queens Comfort is one of the strangest yet most wonderful places I’ve ever eaten at. It’s quite unassuming on the outside, but the lines on the weekend tell you something magical awaits inside. For brunch, they have a DJ who works the line of hungry yuppies, handing out free samples of cheesy, bready delights and telling racy Yo Mama jokes to keep everyone occupied. It’s quite the experience.
Once you make it inside, you’ll be greeted by the most random collection of 80’s and 90’s memorabilia you’ve ever seen. There will definitely be loud music and you’ll be squished in next to some equally intrigued strangers. But you’ll enjoy it all, because the food is…WOW. Here, I discovered that Disco Tots — tater tots doused in cheese and gravy — would be my preferred way to contract heart disease. You can’t go wrong with any of their egg dishes. And please make sure you save room for a Rolo blondie sundae for dessert. (I still have to come back here for dinner sometime!) OH, also, CASH ONLY. What is with me and cash-only places?!
Recommended activities nearby: Astoria Park isn’t too far and is nice for walking around when it isn’t winter. The Museum of Moving Image is also nearby, and while I personally haven’t been, I’ve heard it’s a fun place for film-loving folks.
Nearest subway: 30th Avenue (N/W line)
Ice & Vice
221 East Broadway (Two Bridges)
Ice & Vice has some of the most creative ice cream flavors you’ll find in the city. Case in point? The Food Baby, with raspberry coulis, doughnut chunks and sprinkles. You can also get cool ice cream cones (hi, blue corn) or a doughnut on top of your ice cream if you’ve had a particularly gruesome breakup.
I’ve eaten a lot of ice cream in New York (and everywhere), and this is one of my top two favorite places in the city. The texture is smooth and creamy, the flavors are innovative, the taste is far from sickeningly sweet. Plus, the menu is always changing, so you’ll have the opportunity to try something new every time you go there!
Recommended activities nearby: Unfortunately, there isn’t much nearby — this is definitely a place where you’ll go for the food and not the neighborhood. You aren’t too far from the Manhattan Bridge, which has phenomenal views of downtown and the Brooklyn Bridge on a clear day, but it leads you to a kinda boring section of Brooklyn, so it’s a toss-up.
Nearest subway: East Broadway (F line)
484 Broome Street (Soho)
Located in the heart of Soho, this is hands-down the classiest chocolate parlor you will ever go to. It’s always meticulously decorated and the hot chocolate is always knock-your-socks-off.
At Maribelle, they take hot chocolate seriously. You can pick from over a dozen different options, ranging from bitter dark chocolate to sweet white chocolate. Once you’ve made your selection, they’ll bring out your chocolate in the most adorable teacups you’ve ever seen. It’s like drinking liquid chocolate goodness — the wonderful nectar of the cocoa gods.
If you tend to lean more on the sweet side, get your chocolate American-style with milk. If you, like me, are a chocolate pursuit, go for the European-style, which is made with just water. And either way, get it with whipped cream on the side. You won’t be sorry. Get a madeline too if you’re feeling French.
Recommended activities nearby: Even if you don’t like shopping, Soho is fun to walk around just for the architecture and the posh vibe. I’d stay away from Broadway and walk down West Broadway instead, which I find to be cooler and more mellow. You’ll find neat streets to explore regardless of whether you venture east or west, north or south.
Nearest subway: Prince Street (N/R/W line), Canal Street (1 line), or Spring Street (6 line)
Ample Hills Creamery
623 Vanderbilt Avenue (Park Slope)
My other favorite ice cream place in New York. A very different vibe than Ice & Vice: much more neighborhood-y, totally different flavors. Ample Hills uses super high-quality ingredients (organic in a lot of cases) and is big on mix-ins. Cookies, chocolate-covered potato chips, saltine crackers — you name it, they’ve put it in ice cream.
My two favorite flavors are the Nonna D’s Lace Cookie, which is a brown-sugar based ice cream with lace cookies mixed in, and the Salted Crack Caramel, a dark caramel ice cream with chocolate-covered crackers. It never fails to hit the spot. And — bonus — they always have creative flavors being rotating in, including one that was Gilmore Girls-themed.
While it’s a bit of a hike to get out to Park Slope from Manhattan — and Ample Hills has other locations — I really like going to their original location. It’s an adorable place and super family-friendly. Definitely worth a visit.
Recommended activities nearby: There is a fantastic used bookstore across the street on Vanderbilt Avenue that I love popping into. Prospect Park is also right down the road — and it’s totally worth a visit. (I actually like it better than Central Park!) Keep your eyes peeled if you’re walking near the boathouse — there’s a tree by the pond that I love to climb with a great people-watching perch. If you see a dangling pair of Doc Martens, you might’ve found me!
Nearest subway: 7th Avenue (B or Q line)
90 Kent Avenue (Williamsburg)
Ah yes. We all know that I’m a hipster at heart. And where do the hipsters go? Williamsburg, a neighborhood I shamelessly love.
During the summer, Smorgasburg — an outdoor food market — comes to town every Saturday, featuring an insane amount of food vendors. I’ve been twice, and both times, my socks have totally been knocked off. It’s crowded and overwhelming, but the food you’ll eat will blow you away.
My favorite places include Home Frite (READ: PARMESAN FRIES WITH GARLIC AIOLI), Wowfulls (bubble waffles with ice cream) and Baonanas (banana pudding, surprisingly fantastic). You can also get popular items like the Ramen Burger (OVERRATED AF) or the Raindrop Cake (…why would you want to eat water though…). They also have a good selection of ethnic food, ranging from Jamaican to vegan Indian to Korean. You are sure to find something you like.
Definitely bring a bottle of water if it’s a hot day, and WEAR SUNSCREEN! Go with friends, get a bunch of things to share, and enjoy your lunch by the East River with fabulous views of Manhattan.
Recommended activities nearby: I love walking down Bedford Avenue, which is just up the street. There’s some cool street art and great boutiques (my favorite being Bodhi, which has Indian-inspired clothes), many of which aren’t insanely expensive. The Buffalo Exchange on Driggs Avenue is, in my opinion, one of the best thrift stores in the city. There are also some cute coffee shops to relax in, too.
Nearest subway: Bedford Avenue (L line)
11 Abingdon Square (West Village)
Low-quality photo, high-quality food. For some reason, it has always been my dream to have Ethiopian food. I think it was inspired by an episode of Arthur, where Sue Ellen and Muffy go into the city to visit Sue Ellen’s old nanny. Once there, they go to an Ethiopian restaurant, where Muffy is appalled by everyone eating with their hands. Since then, I’ve always been completely fascinated by the cuisine.
Well, my dream came true once I started exploring New York and discovered a bomb Ethiopian place not too far from where I live. It’s dark, cozy and tiny, so definitely make a reservation. The food is so good. Spicy, but beyond flavorful. I recommend getting a platter for two (which is really enough food to feed four), where you get to pick a variety of chicken, meat and vegetarian dishes that they serve on and with injera, a sourdough flat bread made with teff flour. Be prepared for leftovers that will stink up your mini fridge with garlic and spices.
The people there are super nice, too. It’s run by a husband and wife who are both lovely. The service is usually well-paced and they’re happy to give you doggie bags. Oh, and CASH ONLY! Again, what is it with me and cash-only places?
Recommended activities nearby: If you go on a Friday or Saturday night, head over to the Whitney afterwards — it’s open until 10! Otherwise take some time to wander around the West Village. It’s so charming at night with all of the lights twinkling. You can also wind your way south, where you’ll find yourself in Greenwich Village, one of the coolest parts of the city. (Just watch out for guys in Whoopie Cushions!)
Nearest subway: 14th Street (A/C/E line or L line)
Well, that’s it for now! I still need to take pictures of some of my other favorite places (cough, by Chloe and Prince Street Pizza, cough), some I haven’t listed, some I still need to check out in the first place. But don’t worry, you haven’t seen the last of the great foodie potato in New York.
Tags: college, my life, New York City, recommendations, restaurants
September 20, 2016
Hello world! I’ve made it! The Big Apple! Huzzah!
One of my friends in high school put in a request for a “college update” of sorts (I guess I do have fans?!), so here I am. Welcome to this.
First of all, I love living in New York City. While I do enjoy the greenery and quiet of my suburban town, nothing — for a young person like myself — can compare to life in a big city. I mean, the picture above is a view I had while studying. Even studying is better in New York!
Though I really enjoy driving, I love being able to walk everywhere at anytime of day here. I walk to class. I walk to get food. I walk to go to yoga. I walk to do activities. I walk to study. Walking is so good for the mind, body and soul, and I’m so appreciative that I can do it every day. And every time I step outside, there’s something new to see: an elderly man walking three black Scottie dogs, a grandma in roller skates drinking iced coffee, a mother pushing her two fedora-adorned twin sons in a stroller. I come from somewhere where everyone acts and dresses the same, and it’s so refreshing to step outside and see no two people who are alike.
Living in a city is an absolutely fantastic way to start fresh, at least in my opinion. If you regularly read my blog, you know I had a shitty-ass senior year, and I came out of it with a lot of baggage. I knew it, my friends knew it, everyone around me knew it: I needed to physically leave it all behind and begin anew. And so I did.
Whenever I feel anxiety, saltiness or that old high school angst creeping up through my chest, I get out and distract myself. That’s one of my favorite parts about the city: there are always places you can go to clear your mind. My special place is the Elizabeth Street Garden, a park filled with flowers, sculptures and benches to sit on.
Another special place of mine? My new yoga studio, Laughing Lotus! Think purple everywhere, glitter, unicorns, wall art with vibrant colors, disco balls and funky music — AKA me in a nutshell. It’s less than a 15 minute walk from my dorm, so I can go all of the time, yes, even between classes. What a concept!
Speaking of classes, I’m definitely digging mine (for the most part) so far. I’m majoring in Global Public Health and Food Studies — couldn’t have picked a better program for me. Instead of being super hardcore science-y, my classes are much more interdisciplinary, focusing on food in political, historical and culinary contexts, among others. This semester, my “science” class’s lab is cooking. That’s right, cooking. I get to spend two and a half hours every week in a kitchen! It’s awesome!
(Please excuse the horribly dorky mirror selfie. It was in fact absolutely necessary.)
For any of you youngins out there looking at colleges, one thing I’d highly suggest is finding a school where you can get into your area of study right away. I’m taking four classes this semester, and three of them directly relate to things I’m really interested in. Yes, it’s important to explore other subjects — you never know what you might fall in love with — but if you, like I, have known what you’ve wanted to study since you were 14, seek out a place where you can dive in right away. It just makes your freshman year that much more fulfilling.
Also — take AP classes. Even though I nearly pulled my hair out several times throughout junior and senior year, my AP scores are getting me out of bio, chem, math and foreign languages, plus a pre-requisite or two. It definitely depends on what school you wind up at, but for me, APs put me at a huge advantage.
Enough about school! New York for me is so much more than school!
(Just casually posing with the queen herself: BEYONCÉ!!!!!!!)
One thing about me: I’m a huge explorer. I’m not into parties — like at all — so back in Connecticut, I’d have to work hard and be creative in order to still keep myself occupied. New England is beautiful, but after a while, road trips to Frank Pepe’s pizza and late-night drives around reservoirs get old.
The opposite is the case here. You can never run out of things to do in New York. I’ve heard that a lot of NYU first-years don’t leave Greenwich Village…which just makes me laugh, because in my first three weeks here, I’ve been all over the place. How can you stay around Washington Square Park when there’s a whole city out there to conquer?!
…and I still have so much more to see and do. AH. At least I have four (well, maybe three, since I plan on studying abroad) to get out there into the wilds of the boroughs.
Oh, speaking of which, did I mention that my best friend Natalie goes to the same school as me?! For those of you who don’t know, I met Natalie online the summer before my sophomore year of high school, and we instantly clicked. The problem? She lived in Texas, I lived in Connecticut. Eventually, we had the opportunity to meet each other a year after we met, and it was love at first (actual) sight. When Natalie came up to visit a second time last summer, she decided that New York was the place for her and applied early decision to NYU. Life works in funny ways…since a few months later, I chose to go to school there, too. And now, here we are: same city, same major, same building. Go figure. It’s truly amazing.
I’m also super lucky that one of my best friends from home (who’s a sophomore) also goes here, as well as my cousin (who’s a senior). Community is so important wherever you go, and I truly scored with having a built-in network the second I got here.
I saved the best for last: NEW YORK CITY FOOD. Just look at these glorious dishes.
(I promise I have been eating insanely healthy in the dining halls otherwise…)
Well, that’s me! That’s my life! It’s time to head off to my 10:00 yoga class, since I don’t have class until 2:00 on Tuesdays.
See ya in a few, babes! xo
Tags: college, my life