Friday, October 31, 2014

Guided Meditation

There was a guided Meditation held in the basement of Ludlow last Wednesday, so in case you missed it, here are some tips on how to practice guided mediation on your own. Meditation is a great way to mentally escape the city for a moment and relieve yourself from any stress you're feeling. Practicing meditation can be incredibly beneficial for your mental health.

#1 Choose a convenient time
#2 Choose a quiet place
#3 Sit comfortably
#4 Focus on your breathing*
        *When you begin the meditation, image you can see your breath and visualize what color it is. 

Use this video as a guide to your own mediative state.

Thursday, October 30, 2014

Milk & Cookie! ~slurp~

The basement was bumpin' last Tuesday night because of all the dairy from our Milk & Cookies get-together! Everyone came out to show their support! (Some in favor of milk and others in favor of cookies) It was a delicious time had by all. We hung out and conversed about the various ongoings at SVA. There were dancers all around us as we indulged in the decadent chocolate and dough. Oh what an evening it was. Friends were made and memories were shared.

If you or someone you know loves milk and cookies, comment below for a chance to win a free batch of cookies. Terms and conditions apply.

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Parks and sketch

There is nothing I love more than sitting in front of a blank piece of paper with a pencil in hand. It feels like the most creative position one can start at. It is a place where endless possibilities lie in front of you, just waiting to be realized. A few weeks ago I hosted an event where we combined art and nature by going to central park for a day of sketching. We even took time out to have lunch at the famous halal guys food cart. It was an awesome experience to enjoy nature and art together. We even decided it would be a great idea to come back in the winter time when it is snowing.

Check out the picks and our sketches

The winning sketch below

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Nuyorican Poets Cafe

For any poets, writers, or lovers of words and letters.

Nuyorican Poets Cafe is a small venue here in the Lower East Side that every Friday night, they have spoken word poetry performances by amazingly talented poets. People from all over the world attend Nuyorican Poets Cafe. People from Texas, California, Washington, Detroit, and of course, the surrounding boroughs of NYC. The poets that perform on Friday nights are poets that are competing to attend and represent NYC at the annual poetry slam in Oakland. So if you have any time, make sure to attend Nuyorican Poets Cafe and be ready to be moved and touched by the amazing poems and performances of the many talented poets from NYC.

And if you are a poet yourself, sign up to perform! You can check out their website for open mic nights and see if you can go on for Friday nights!! And if you do make it to Friday night slams, let us know so we can go and support you!!!

Hope you guys go and check out this small hidden gem in our neighborhood!

The Uncommons!

Sunday's program at The Uncommon was amazing!! After various board games and narrowing it down to which game to play, we ended up choosing Pandemic! It was a lot of fun and hopefully we get to go back very soon! So if you missed The Uncommons, make sure to be in the look out for another trip to The Uncommons or go check it out with a group of friends! You will not be dissapointed!  

Monday, October 27, 2014

Tea Info Night

       Earlier this month on the 4th we had our Tea Info Night!! The program was a joint event with RA Cathi Chavers from SVA's George Washington resident hall on 23rd and lexington. The event took place in GW's solarium and everyone had a great time learning about tea and trying the various samples that were provided. During the event we provided a tea cheat sheet, it had various facts about tea and health benefits involved with different types of tea. Afterwards everyone had fun hanging out and drinking different teas, some residents even brought down some of their own teas!

-RA Desiree

Halloween Parade!

Village Halloween Parade has its 41st annual parade on Halloween! The parade is in the West village.  If you want to be apart of the parade you need to make a donation! No sure of the minimum amount. But the entry point is 6th Av and Broome street! 

It's on HALLOWEEN NIGHT!!! Friday, Oct. 31st. Approx. Time start is 8pm. So get there early!!

You can go and watch too! BUT! The costumes are ridiculous;y awesome so don't be the guy in jeans and a superman T-shirt. Go all out and have fun!

Here is the link to the official website!

Friday, October 24, 2014

Last minute Halloween plans!

Halloween is in a week and do you know what you're doing? It can be overwhelming trying to figure out where to go, what to do etc. New York takes up tons of our energy and time so maybe you haven't even thought about it yet? You still think we're in September don't you? Well time sure does fly but luckily for you here are some last minute Halloween plan ideas for the day and leading up to it!

First up - The Village Halloween Parade. This is a staple year round and is full of ghouls, witches, angels, Miley Cyrus' galore. It goes on in the West Village around Washington Square Park area and is a ton of fun. I'd get there early as crowds can be big but everyone is dressed up and in the spirit so it's a great time. Here are some photos so you can get excited! More info is available here.

Another free and public event is The Halloween Pumpkin Flotilla. This one is on the Sunday before up in Central Park. It's a younger event but definitely fun to watch. The idea is that you bring a carved pumpkin to the pond and then they set it sail amongst tons of other pumpkins. It makes for an interesting visual and experience. Some great photo opportunities here! More info here.

Something a little more pricey is The Haunted Pumpkin Garden at the NY Botanical Gardens. You just have to pay for entry to the garden and then they have a special section just for Halloween. It features pumpkins galore, spooky cutouts and activities. There are carving demos, sculptures made out of pumpkins and more. Info is here.

This one is right near us here at Ludlow! It's called Nightmare NYC and is a haunted house based on scary stories from NYC. It's not as PG friendly as the other events haha but definitely a scary experience. You have to get tickets and it's running until November 1st. More info here.

Hopefully this has given you some ideas of things to do. If you need even more inspiration check out NYC GO, Time Out NY and New York Times for other events!

Thursday, October 23, 2014

Art Inspired Halloween Costumes!

Halloween is right around the corner and so is the SVA Halloween party! Here are some great art inspired Halloween costumes that would be fitting for any art student to dress up as! The great thing is many of them would be very cheap to reproduce!




You can find some more great art inspired Halloween costumes here!