A Tour of the Weekend in New York City
This week the blog assignment is to take you all on a tour! Since many of my fellow bloggers will probably have covered the ‘meat and potatoes’ of living at Juilliard, I figured I would step out of the box a bit and take you on a tour of a weekend in New York City! It is important to find balance in our lives between school work, practice, and fun, so I make it a goal to get out as much as I can on the weekends! Here is a tour of the fraction of a percentage of all of the fun things to do in New York on the weekend!
I LIKE TO EAT, EAT, EAT:
They say baseball is America’s favorite pastime but I think eating is more deserving of such a title! There are so many great places to eat in New York City (even on a student’s budget). This weekend a few of my friends and I visited the famous Carnegie Deli, located at 854 7th Avenue! The day we heard the unfortunate news that it was closing, we couldn’t wait any longer to try it. It’s only a few blocks away from Juilliard, so it’s an easy place to walk to! Sure it’s a little pricey and you might wait outside in the rain for a bit, but it is well worth it! Pictured are my friends and me after eating our body weight in corned beef.
THERE’S NO BUSINESS LIKE SHOW BUSINESS:
Another wonderful thing to do in New York is to see an Opera or a Broadway/Off Broadway show! The Metropolitan Opera just kicked off their season this past week, so I haven’t had a chance to see a performance there, but I have already seen my fair share of theatre! Being a Juilliard student grants you access to a number of student discounts which allow you to sit front row (literally, in some cases) and save a ton! Student Rush tickets are truly a blessing for a college student! I have already seen the Color Purple, Matilda the Musical, Cats, and most recently Avenue Q!
VISIT THE LUNGS OF NEW YORK CITY:
One of the best things to do in New York that will get you the most bang for your buck (or, rather, the most bang for no bucks) is to take a walk in Central Park! Called ‘the Lungs of New York City’, there is never a shortage of sights to see there. There are seemingly endless places to walk, bike, run, people-watch, and just about anything else you can think of! It is right outside the front door at Juilliard so it’s easy to get to!
PLAYING CATCH UP:
The weekend is a great time to catch up on all of the things you couldn’t do during the week. I always look forward to the weekend so I can get a head-start on next week and do other adult things that I previously relied on my mom to do for me. Whether it’s doing laundry that you’ve needed to do since Monday (like I did), or catching up on homework from the previous week! Below is a GIF what I actually look like on Sunday nights when I still have 2 hours of homework to do.
BUY THINGS YOU DON’T NEED:
New York is full of shopping, street fairs, and food to buy! Just about anywhere you go you can find street vendors or some sort of festival going on, so it’s a great place to spend lots of money on things you don’t need and will regret buying later! All you need is a credit card and a good excuse for when your parents call and ask why you spent $800 on a year’s supply of candy (not really, but you get the point) *. Pictured (from left to right) are me and my two best friends, Eric and Hailee, at the Broadway Flea Market in Shubert Alley.