With the semester almost done, stressing over finals and last-minute projects is natural. But summer days are just around the corner, and there’s nothing more relaxing and satisfactory than the anticipation of a perfect girls-only weekend.
FIT has never been a typical campus. New York City is our campus and playground, and with so many different things going on in the city everyday, it’s hard to decide what to actually do. Don’t worry, we got you covered!
Friday morning: Gallery-hop at Chelsea.
Isn’t it great that FIT is located in one of the best places to have a lazy stroll with friends? Yes, the High Line and Chelsea Market are getting more crowded with tourists every day, but as annoying as that can be, they are still totally worth a visit while you are gallery hopping. There are thousands of places to look at contemporary and modern art, from small lofts to huge, all-encompassing buildings.
Everywhere you turn from 14th to 29th street, on 10th, 11th and 12th avenues, you will find a gallery – all of which offering something different and exciting. You can even make an itinerary of current, closing and upcoming exhibits at chelseagallerymap.com. Some favorites are David Zwirner Gallery (525 W 19th St) and Pace Gallery (534 W 25th St).
Friday night: Get Manicures & Martinis at Beauty Bar.
If getting a manicure and a martini for just $10 sounds too good to be true, getting them with your best friends while also dancing to old-school hits will blow your mind. Beauty Bar (231 E 14th St, Manhattan) is the perfect place to hang out if you and your girls want to have a chill night of fun and high-pitched 80’s throwback singing sessions. They also feature comedy nights and “hedonistic” nights of burlesque.
Saturday morning: Thrift shop in East Williamsburg.
First, stop by at Roberta’s (261 Moore St, Brooklyn) for some excellent brick-oven pizza (if you are going on a warm day, go to their cute outside garden). Next, hunt vintage designer pieces (or just regular ones) at some of the best thrift stores that Morgan Avenue and the surrounding streets have to offer.
On any given day you can find a Proenza Schouler dress ($69) at Beacon’s Closet, Louis Vuitton tote ($25) and Brook Brothers shirt ($8) at Urban Jungle. If you are looking to spend a little more, check out the charmingly curated selection of both new and vintage pieces at Friends, ranging from Vans shoes ($19) and Karl Lagerfeld heels ($30) to hand-made silver jewelry and enamel pins.
Saturday night: Have The Ultimate Bar-Hopping Experience (All recommendations are in Manhattan, but bonus points if you do it cross-borough).
If you want to bar-hop like a true New Yorker, I would advise that you and your girls get dinner first (seriously, you don’t want to do this on an empty stomach). A nice but simple Italian place like Bistango (29th and 3rd Ave, encourages reservations on Saturdays) will do the trick.
Then, you can literally just cross the street to Tonic East, where the first floor is your typical sports bar, the second floor is great for dancing, and the third floor (your stop, if you take it) has the most amazing views of the Empire State and the Chrysler buildings. This cool rooftop bar is a nice option to start your bar crawl. Or if you are into a quieter scene, head downtown to spots like Back Room (102 Norfolk Street) or the Blind Barber (339 E. 10th Street, also located in Williamsburg). Keep in mind that both of these “speakeasies” are hard to find if you don’t know where you are going, but that is part of what makes them fun.
Sunday (whenever you wake up): Enjoy a boozy brunch that lasts all day.
Though there are plenty of spots throughout the city that offer amazing Sunday brunch, at Felix (340 W Broadway) you will not only get great food and drinks, but the open layout and loud music make for a party you will never forget (or maybe you will, depending on how much champagne you have). Or check out Beauty & Essex for a late afternoon brunch that leads to a party at Le Souk later that night.
Either collapse in bed or start all over again… your choice!