By Collier Curran
Though not everyone celebrates Easter, I am always excited when the holiday approaches. Usually taking place in those tedious weeks between midterms and finals, Easter offers a one-day reprieve from ruminating about papers and exams. Also, since I love all things food, Easter provides an opportunity to repeat that big meal usually reserved for Thanksgiving and winter holidays.
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By Collier Curran
Even as my desk is piled high with papers and textbooks and my laptop has seventeen tabs open, my mind wanders to thoughts of mashed potatoes, pumpkin pie, and family. As the semester–and midterm season–trudges on, my excitement for Thanksgiving only builds; I open my eyes every morning and immediately grab for my phone to check the number of days left until the 23rd. In this age of only seeing family and hometown friends every few months, I can’t help but reflect on how my relationship to this holiday, and to my home, has changed.Read More »
by Tori Fourman
|There’s a lot to see and do in the city that never sleeps.
Last weekend, two of my harebrained friends from back home in Indiana decided it would be a good idea to road-trip out to New York City for a three day weekend. However, starting from Indiana, their drive was roughly eleven hours long. This meant that two days out of their three day weekend were spent driving. Being their only contact here, I decided they were going to see and do as much of the city as they possibly could in one day. Loved ones unfamiliar with New York will show up for a short trip, and you, being a dutiful daughter/niece/cousin/friend, will find yourself trying to give them a full experience of the wonderful-ness that is New York City. Here’s how to make that happen in one day.
Supplies needed: Metro card, good walking shoes, money for food, your NSOP bracelet (kidding), and a cheerful attitude.
Start at 9:30 AM
- Breakfast: wherever your guests are staying, start out with breakfast nearby. Preferably at a non-chain place, somewhere as New York-y as possible.
- Take the subway all the way down to South Ferry. Yes, all the way down. We’re starting at the bottom of Manhattan and continuing our tourist trek from there.
- Start in Battery Park, and stroll along to get a good view of the Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island. Since you only have a day, you’re going to have to settle for the view from the park, as you don’t really have enough time to take the ferry to visit.
- Head towards Wall Street. You’ll pass the famous Charging Bull, and then walk over to Wall Street itself. Stroll along for a while, and then take a left and go towards the Brooklyn Bridge.
- Once you get to the Brooklyn Bridge, decide if you want to walk across or not. It’s pretty impressive to just look at, but you can also walk 1/3 or halfway across for some good photo ops.
- Next you’re going to want to walk up toward Chinatown. Explore there for a while and then continue your cultural experience in Little Italy along Mulberry Street. Find a cute little cafe to eat lunch.
- If you’re up for a little more walking, visit Soho next.
- That’s it for Lower Manhattan so take the subway up to Grand Central Station and explore for a bit.
- Once you exit Grand Central, make your way towards Times Square. Once you get there, step to the side (out of everyone’s way!) and have your guests take a good look around before they get too fed up with all the people and demand to leave and why is New York so crowded and ugh how can you stand to live here (because this is where that moment is likely to occur).
- Emerge from the hell that is Times Square. Take a breath.
- Walk east towards Fifth Avenue, and then turn left to go north. Stroll along and window shop to your heart’s content.
- If you walk up Fifth Avenue to 59th Street, you’ll run into Central Park. Head into the park and spend some time there walking around. Or sit on a bench, because your feet should hurt by now. You can also visit FAO Schwartz or the portrait of Eloise at The Plaza.
- This part’s up to you, but you can walk across the park to the west side of Manhattan, and you’ll end up close to Lincoln Center. Or you can stay on the east side. Either way, stop somewhere and get dinner.
- Lastly, take your guests to the Empire State Building. I haven’t done this myself, but I’ve heard it’s an excellent idea to coordinate your visit so that you’ll be there when the sun sets, so you can see the city during the day and at night.
- If you’re really ambitious, try and see a Broadway show to complete your day.
Tori Fourman is a first-year at Barnard and a staff writer for The Nine Ways of Knowing.
Image courtesy of tripadvisor.
By Laura K. Garrison
|Snow in October??
It’s that time of year again – the leaves are starting to change, there’s a chill in the air, and Fall Break is waiting just beyond the stress of midterms. In the midst of it all, Barnard students welcomed the arrival of their parents and siblings for Family Weekend on October 29th and 30th and enjoyed a brief pause from the hectic midterm season with their loved ones in New York City.
On Friday morning, there was a veritable change in the atmosphere of the Quad as students welcomed their parents to campus. For many first-years, it was the first time they had seen their parents since the end of August, when NSOP officially kicked off their first semester of college. Families were initially checked in at Barnard Hall and then taken to their daughter’s dorm which was, by now, a much different space than the empty room it had been on move-in day. After swapping greetings and stories with roommates and their families, guests could choose to audit Barnard classes, tour departmental resources on campus (see where Sarah Jessica Parker’s twins go to pre-school!), attend a number of panels and discussions, or go out and explore the Big Apple. Friday’s events were capped off by the theatre department’s performance of Marisol, a play by Jose Rivera.
Though the threat of snow had been well-broadcasted throughout the week, students and families alike were nonetheless surprised to wake up to the flurry of snowflakes outside their windows. While the early burst of winter in October prompted my roommate and I to listen to Christmas music on Pandora, others (particularly those hailing from more tropical regions) bundled up in hats and gloves to enjoy the first snow fall of the year. Unfortunately there was little accumulation of snow, and the biting cold and freezing sleet prompted the Fall Festival (a title that became little ironic, I might add) to be moved to the 17th floor of Sulzberger Tower. There, the RAs from the Quad hosted students and their families as they enjoyed an array of pumpkin and apple inspired treats while the winter weather raged on outside. More panels and discussions groups were open to families, and two more performances of Marisol were held Saturday evening.
Even though Saturday was the last official day of Family Weekend, many families stuck around on Sunday to take in every second of their weekend in New York Though goodbyes were inevitable, it was well worth the brief distraction from midterms and papers to be able to spend time with loved ones from home. With Fall Break just days away, however, students are looking forward to a longer escape from their busy lives at Barnard, whether enjoyed back at home or in the city.
Laura K. Garrison is a first-year at Barnard College and a staff writer for The Nine Ways of Knowing.