Notes from the Road College Tours + More: New York City
I’ve been to the East Coast visiting colleges and I'm here to share the details of my adventures. New York City is such a crazy, ridiculous and exciting place. It has all the things I want: great food, museums, neighborhoods, and of course, colleges. It’s awesome. I wanted to stay here for a good long while, but unfortunately I only had three days, so here we go!
New York University I started my college tours at NYU in the heart of Greenwich Village. Known for strong programs in the visual and performing arts, business, journalism, medicine, social work and so much more. NYU is for students who want an exciting, diverse, culturally dynamic experience with opportunities in the US and abroad. Truly a ‘campus without walls.’ Acceptance rate 16% - tough admissions.
And cute doorways, my favorite
And a gorgeous library chock full of books
Columbia University Columbia offers what one might describe as a classic Ivy League campus experience: think stately courtyards, neoclassical columns and immaculately maintained lawns, an island of calm in the middle of a bustling metropolis. Known for its Core Curriculum, all undergraduates are required to pass a set of common courses encompassing areas from literature to humanities to the sciences. I don’t even want to tell you the acceptance rate (ok, it’s 6%). Famous alum: Barack Obama (but no selfie with him, sadly).
While in NYC…some recommendations:
Tenement Museum, 103 Orchard Street I took a guided tour of a historically restored apartment building on the Lower East Side, and learned how immigrants lived from the 1860s to the 1930s. A stark reminder of the history of immigration, present and past, and that our brightest hope for the future lies in remembering where we came from.
High Line, Gansevoort Street to 34th Street. Strolled the one and a half mile elevated park, formerly a rail line, transformed into a public art space and walking trail. Loved this exhibit: Five Conversations by Lubaina Himid (Zanzibar) featuring reclaimed wooden doors painted with portraits of everyday stylish women enjoying each other's company.
Sister City Hotel, 225 Bowery Tiny space, modern and beautifully designed, not too expensive. In-house restaurant, Floret, has great coffee.
Karvouna Mezze, 241 Bowery Authentic Greek restaurant. Lamb, halloumi fries, Greek salad with fresh tomatoes, kalamata olives, cucumbers, feta and onions. Friendly and attentive service.
Halloumi fries = bougie mozzarella sticks
Morgenstern’s Finest Ice Cream, 2 Rivington Street Around the corner from my hotel, with all the vanilla flavors: Madagascar vanilla, bourbon vanilla, burnt honey vanilla, vanilla with black-pepper molasses, vanilla chip, lavender agave vanilla, French vanilla...any other vanilla freaks out there?
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