Points of Interest
Before I came to Juilliard, I was very concerned about how different it would feel from home. I come from the suburbs, so I’m used to getting in the car and going to Target to get my groceries. I had no idea what sort of “points of interest” were in the Upper West Side, but thankfully I discovered some great places that feel just like home (for reference, Juilliard faces 65th):
1. Bed, Bath and Beyond: This is right across the street from Juilliard and has basically everything you could ever need, except for food. One of the greatest things about it is that they have basically the same prices as every other Bed, Bath and Beyond instead of inflated NYC prices. It’s open until 10 pm every day, so if I ever need something for my room, I grab my coupons and walk right over!
2. Trader Joe’s: Every student in the residence hall has a meal plan, but snacks are important! Trader Joe’s is on 72nd street, and it’s about a 10-minute walk from Juilliard. This location doesn’t have inflated prices either, so you don’t have to worry about spending your hard-earned work study money on one carton of blueberries.
3. Duane Reade: I usually don’t go to Duane Reade too often since they do have NYC prices (things are often $3 more than they are at Bed, Bath and Beyond, which is two steps away), but it’s open 24 hours and its only a few minutes from the residence hall. I mainly go here for the pharmacy or if it’s 11:45 at night and I completely forgot that I ran out of contact solution the previous night (don’t judge!).
4. Whole Foods: You can find the Whole Foods at Columbus Circle on 59th, which is also about a 10-minute walk from Juilliard. I don’t shop at Whole Foods often because I can find most of what I want at Trader Joe’s, but I do splurge on mango!
5. AMC Lincoln Square: I love seeing movies on the weekend to decompress from the school week. This movie theater is on 68th, which is only a few minutes from the school. Even better, the Office of Student Affairs offers discounted tickets!
The rest of the list includes Starbucks (63rd), H&M (59th), Century 21 (66th), Magnolia Bakery (69th), Wafels & Dinges (a waffle cart on 66th); and, of course, Central Park (only two blocks away). With all of these, the Upper West Side is a fantastic area that definitely feels like home!