Saturday, January 31, 2015

Things to do in February in NYC

As students, we tend to stay in our rooms, watching netflix in the weekends or those of age join the bar/club scene. But when that routine gets tiring or you are in look for something fun and exciting to do in the city that is best known for culture, art and fun, where do you go? is a website that collects events that are occurring in the city each month and post them on their website. With the month of February coming up, I went ahead and checked out what are some of the things that are happening in the city, and this is what TimeOut had posted:

Check it out and be brave to change the scene a bit and try something new while living in New York.

Friday, January 30, 2015

Personality and Pizza

On Sunday I hosted an event to take the Meyers-Briggs personality test while munching on pizza. Many residents turned out for the event and I extend you all a heart-felt thank you.

If you missed it, the Meyers-Briggs test is easily found online. For those of you who are not familiar with the test. It was developed by two psychologist and is often used in the professional world. Sometimes employers even use it to hire! Here is a link to the quiz if you are still interested in taking it. Click here!

Thursday, January 29, 2015

Get outside!

Now that Juno is gone and the snow is melting - get outside! You live in one of the coolest cities in the world so get out and explore. There are tons of things to do that are free or cheap (you just need to know when to go). Lucky for you there's a board in the community room full of fun things to go do and see! Have you checked it out yet?

Monday, January 26, 2015

Snow Sculptures!

With winter storm Juno upon us promising a heavy amount of snow, my mind is totally set on building some sweet snowmen! Being a community of artists however, I've decided to share some awesome snow sculpture inspiration! Wouldn't it be awesome to turn the terrace into our own snow gallery?

Lots of these awesome sculptures have been carved from compressed blocks of snow that can be up to 15 feet tall and weigh over 20 tons! The St. Paul Winter Carnival hosts the oldest Snow Sculpture contest in the world, founded in 1886. There are similar events held in China, Spain, the Netherlands & Canada. 

Hopefully you've been inspired to create your own snow masterpiece! Remember to wear warm gloves and limit your time outside with high winds! 

Friday, January 23, 2015

Gluten-Free Eats!

Hey all! Here's a new series I'm thinking of starting on this blog: Gluten-Free Restaurant Reviews! With a better title, for sure.

Gluten is found in anything with wheat, and while it's not necessarily unhealthy your body takes a lot of effort to process it, some being able to handle it with ease and some not. I've got Celiac and I've absolutely got to stay away from gluten because of it, and so when I moved to Ludlow a few months back one of the first things I sought to do was find some great places nearby where I could eat without concern.

And I've got to say, I'm really impressed with what our Ludlow neighborhood has to offer! There's a bunch of places that I'm looking to try again before I can really talk about the menu, but there is one restaurant I can talk about for sure, since they only have one thing available...


Head out the door, cross the street, walk left and you'll get there in no time! That's right, it's actually on Ludlow Street itself, and it's barely a walk away. Taquitoria's a tiny restaurant right between Stanton and Houston, and the one thing they sell, if you haven't guessed, is Taquitos!

You know, those thin pseudo-burritos you fry, and toss toppings on and whatnot. Sound like a weird thing to focus your restaurant on, right? I was skeptical at first, but really impressed by the end of the meal. Their toppings are a lot of sauces and yet the taquitos stayed really crunchy, and despite the fact that they're fried the taquitos were possibly the least greasy I've ever had. If I had done my research, the quality wouldn't have surprised me much: Taquitoria's run by a bunch of former gourmet chefs, and they use ingredients from the fancy restaurant they used to work at. Taquitoria is dedicated to being gluten-free too (big plus for me), as well as free of wheat, soy, nuts, and shellfish.

You can order taquitos filled with beef, chicken, pork, or black beans (a vegetarian option), and then decide to top it with their "Classic" option (guacamole, lettuce, cotija cheese), "Cheesy" (nacho cheese, sour cream, pickled jalapeno relish), or combine the two with the "Chronic" option (an extra $3, by the way). You can pick up three of these for $6 or five for $9, and then they've also got sides available if you want a salad, rice and beans, or chips and salsa.

So if any of that sounds good to you, I say give it a shot! I'll let you know what other good eats I find.

Thursday, January 22, 2015

Dogs, Laughs and Illustrations

It is the small things in life that can bring a smile to your face. And what other than a great mixture of a dog and illustrations?!

I was scrolling through the internet the other day, and when I found this post, I started laughing and smiling and it cheered up my day.

If you want to see more of these amazing photographs, check out the blog post at:

And remember to smile and laugh. Not only is it good for your health, but it will also change your mood for the day. So if you are feeling down, look at these pictures of this adorable dog, and hopefully, just hopefully, it will make you smile :) 

Puffer Fish Art Better Than You

Valentine's day is coming up and some people are already planning a decadent array of events or, to simply scoop up the day-after chocolates on sale at Duane Reade.

Puffer fish will be doing the former, and I can guarantee they will be doing it better than anyone else.

Check out this video and you'll see what I mean.

Tuesday, January 20, 2015

Don't be a Tourist!

First of all, welcome to Ludlow and NEW YORK CITY! If you have just moved in and in a major city like New York for the first time, there is a certain feeling to go and do those classic touristy things.

So... here is a list of fun Touristy things to get that out of your system... then cooler stuff that gives you a different and fun perspective of New York.

Tourist ToDo List:

1) Visit the Empire State Building
2) Dominique Ansel Bakery
3) Circle Line Sightseeing Cruises
4) Downtown Manhattan (Canal Street Area)
5) Rockefeller Center Iceskating
6) 5th Avenue -- For shopping

Alternative (New Yorker)  List:

1) Sunset Park
2) Peter Pan Donuts & Pastry Shop
3) East River Ferry (Other other Ferries!)
4)Flushing, Queens
5) McCarren Park or Bryant Park Iceskating
6) Brooklyn Night Bazaar

Enjoy! :)

Here are some others.

Monday, January 19, 2015

Its Gonna Snow! (Keep those heaters on!)


The weatherman is predicting some snow for this upcoming week! Make sure to keep your heaters on when temperatures drop bellow 36 degrees! Keep your windows closed during a storm and if your room feels too warm move the dial clockwise. Just keep that heat blowin'! 

Don't forget to wear boots!


 In case you missed it!

We were out and about last Wednesday night delivering free cookies to you doors! Everyone was required to write down one New Years resolution for a cookie! There will be plenty of opportunities in the future for free, freshly baked cookies so keep and eye out! 

Friday, January 16, 2015

School just started but it's not too early to take a breather

Hey residents, hope your holidays were great!! With classes starting I'm sure everyone has been busy getting themselves situated back at school, next week why not take a little time off and come to the Bryant Park Ice skating Event! On the 25th next Sunday RA Desiree will be having an event where she'll take residents to Bryant park to ice skate in their rink. Meet in the lobby at 1:00PM,  Admission is free but if you don't own ice skates, ice skate rentals are $15. If you don't want to ice skate there are a number of stalls around the fountain selling food from various countries. Later in the evening at 6:00PM RA Kate will be having her Myer-Briggs personality test event in the basement, where you can have an opportunity to find out some cool stuff about yourself and what careers might fit you! Also there will be pizza, so come down and hang out with RA Kate and your fellow residents.

-RA Desiree

5 Tips For Having A Good Semester

It's a new semester and another chance for opportunities, making new impressions on new teachers, and getting excellent grades. That's right, it's a semester of new possibility. However, so many times we start the semester with good intentions and end just trying to scrap by. As a third year student I've noticed one defining thing separating the successful from the less successful...organization. Here are some tips for staying organized and hopefully passing your classes with flying colors.

1. Use a planner of keep a calendar. Some teachers give out syllabus which is a really great to know what to expect. Writing down test dates and project deadlines in your calendar is a great way to prepare yourself to succeed.

2. You have a cell phone, and if you're like me, you check it incessantly throughout class. Why not use it to send yourself reminders? Remind yourself about that paper due in a week or about that minor project you almost forgot about.

3. A habit I have gotten into is getting myself ready for class the night before. That means if I know we are doing a critique to make sure I have tape to put my work up. Or if I know there will be a lecture to have a notebook and a pen. Or if I know it will be a long day to have my coffee maker set and ready to go. That way if I wake up late or it's hard to get up, I won't forget something because I'm in a rush or not completely awake yet.

4. Put effort into your relationship with your teacher. That means emailing them if you have questions about the assignment, thanking them if they give you extra time in class, and paying attention and actively participating in discussions in class. Your teacher will notice these things and it will boost your grade at the end of the semester.

5. Take care of yourself. One of the hardest things I've had to learn in college is to take care of myself. That means eating healthy, getting plenty of sleep, and keeping your living space clean. When you take care of yourself, it is easier to be a good student. Eating healthy and getting sleep will prevent you from getting sick. Keeping a clean living space will help you stay organized and improve your mood.

Thanks for reading. I hope this helps and that you have a successful semester!

Thursday, January 15, 2015

Reset your body clock and wake up on time.

"Winter break. The time where you wake up when you want to. The time when you go to sleep when you want to. Want to see the sun set and rise? Why not? I have nothing to do the next day. Everything is beautiful. Sleep is beautiful. Sleep.

First day of class and you have a 9am and you couldn't go to sleep until 5. You were tossing and turning, drinking chamomile tea like your life depended on it. You are watching the second hand tick and tock and you just can't go to sleep.

It is 1pm. You wake up to a pounding knock on your door. You realize that you missed your 9am class and your 12pm class. You don't know what to do. You lay there, wondering who's knocking on your door. You ignore the knock, hide under your covers. The knocks remind you of the tick tock of the second hand on your clock. The day has beat you. You fall asleep."

With the new semester here, and winter break that has ended, you have to remember to.....wake up. More like reset your body clock. Some things that you should remember to help you reset your body clock is:

  • Set your alarm for the a specific time to wake up everyday including weekends. Never snooze more than once! The snooze button is your worse enemy. What I like to do is place the clock somewhere far away from your bed where you have to get out of bed to turn it off. The key is to make adjust your body to a consistent time. Once your start to wake up at a specific time, you will begin to notice your body waking up by itself at that specific time instead of relying on the annoying buzzing of an alarm clock.

  • Eat a light dinner. Sometimes we believe going to bed on a full stomach will put you to sleep but then you will have your eyes wide open because you are too full as well as too energized to fall asleep. Apart from that, it is not healthy to eat so late. 

  • Do some reading to fall asleep. You will see that you will begin to nod off to sleep. You will then fall asleep with the book on you and sleeping like a baby.

  • Something to do is to prepare your body a week in advance. If you know you are going to be waking up early and having school and work and responsibilities to do the following week, you need to prepare yourself, your mind and your body. 

Wednesday, January 14, 2015

Movies in the Big City

Hi all! I hope classes are going swimmingly so far for you.

This blog post is dedicated to all you film enthusiast readers out there. We’re right in the middle of the big film awards season right now, and because of that there’s a lot of great movies out there just waiting to be watched (plus, we’re in New York City, so we get even better access to some excellent limited releases!). Here’s a list of some of the big award contenders still being shown in Manhattan!

Regal Union Square Stadium 14
           AMC Empire 25

The Imitation Game

The Theory of Everything


AMC Empire 25




Gone Girl

Local woman forgets to pick up Metro Card - has to wait until February 9th for next offer.

"I'll just do it tomorrow..."
Those were the famous last words of sophomore interior design student Nada Fay. Soon enough, Tomorrow became the next day, and the next day would become the day after that until Saturday January 17th hit and it was too late for Nada to pick up her unlimited Metro card from the office of residence life located in the mezzanine of 23 Lexington Avenue.

If ONLY she had made time to go one day between January 12 and January 16th from 9am - 4:45pm.

We asked Nada about the situation and she had this to say: "I feel foolish. I was really banking on using that metrocard to avoid the bone chilling weather that January is notorious for. I've goofed up bad THIS time."

All metrocards are distributed at the Office of residence life: 23 Lexington Avenue Mezzanine Monday - Friday 9am-4:45pm

Metrocard #1: Available January 12 - January 16

Metrocard #2: Available February 9 - February 13

Metrocard #3: Available March 9 - March 13

Metrocard #4: Available April 6 - April 10

Dont get left out in the cold. pick up your metrocard today.


Tuesday, January 13, 2015

Welcome Back!!

School! School! SCHOOL!

Even though the spring semester started yesterday, it is still difficult after a more than deserved relaxing break, to get back into the swing of things.

So here is some great back to school tips!


It is quite simple, if you have morning classes, then go to sleep EARLY. Understand your                 schedule and timing so you have peaceful and well rested nights.


Don't put garbage into your body-- literally and metaphorically. If you eat healthy you will have more energy to take on those classes! 


Workout! Whether it is running, walking, push ups, sit ups, leg lifts, weights or anything! Shed mama's holiday ham along with the other holiday foods! Spring and summer are just around the corner. Start getting buff now!


Get the correct books and on time, so you can be relevant and contribute to class.


Homework and essay may be a pain in the ass, but it will only help you learn and make you successful when we all get into the real world.


Take breaks during homework, projects and between classes. You body and mind needs a rest every now and then again. Just don't let breaks consume you're being!


Your brain actually remembers and thinks a bit differently if you work outside you comfort zone. For example, if you work on a painting in your room, try working on literature homework elsewhere. There's a better chance you'll take more in.


Not just in class. At home. In your work. It is YOUR NAME. Meaning... you and only you are accountable for the quality of the work. So sit in the front row!



There is a different. Listening actually require brain power... so use it!! 


As Nike says, "JUST DO IT." Face problems, work and get through it. If you wait... you have the chance to fall under pressure. Understand your schedule so you can sleep!!!!



If you hold any power in the world, the minimum should be what you put into yourself.

Monday, January 12, 2015

Improv Everywhere

If you were out and about in the city yesterday you may have noticed something a little strange. Regardless of the fact that it was a mere 32 degrees yesterday, nearly four thousand New Yorkers participated in the 14th annual 'No Pants Subway Ride'.

While held in over 60 cities across the world, this particular act of pants-lessness is spear headed by a local group called Improv Everywhere which is a prank collective with no particular agenda aside from generally spreading joy and amusement.

Below you can see some of my personal favorite scenes Improv Everywhere has caused throughout the years. Think flash mobs, but better. I am continuously impressed by the amount of effort they are willing to go through to fulfill a comedic task only for the amusement of others. Their missions are cleaver and often simple enough you could walk by them without ever knowing you're the butt of the joke. Their tagline "We Cause Scenes" is the perfect summarization of what they do best. 

If you'd like more information (including getting on their mailing list if you want to actually participate in these events) you can find them online at!

Spring 2015 Dates to Remember!

Welcome back! Hope you're all enjoying the dreary rain and fog on this fine first day of the Spring semester. Instead of dozing off during a lecture this week, take a look at some of these important dates to remember and throw them on your calendar!

Jan 14-27: Course Adjustment period

Jan 19: Martin Luther King Jr. Day (College Closed!)

Feb 12: SVA-Sponsored Health Insurance Fee waiver deadline

Feb 17-25: Residence Hall Room Selection for returning students

Feb 23: Last day to withdraw from Spring semester courses without incurring a failing grade

Mar 1: Optimal date for returning students to submit FAFSA


May 4: Last day of classes

May 5: Move-out day for non-graduating students

May 14: Commencement, Class of 2015

May 15: Tentative Graduating residents move-out date