Gain Access to Cultural Opportunities at Marist in Manhattan
Shannon Donohue '17 Explores NYC's Art, Culture, and Food with MIM
Aside from the outstanding internship positions and networking opportunities that the Marist in Manhattan (MIM) program offers, students also receive all of the cultural enrichment they could ask for by living in the middle of New York City.
MIM offers housing to participating students at the 92Y building on the Upper East Side. This is a dorm-style building that also acts as a cultural, arts, and entertainment center and offers near weekly talks with top-notch guests such as Bill Nye, Cameron Diaz and L.A. Reid. Speakers cover a wide variety of interests with everything from politics to art to science. Residents of the 92Y get special discounted, and sometimes even, free tickets to these events that are just a few floors down from their rooms!
Included with MIM’s tuition is an activity fee that covers a few special socials for students as well as trips to Broadway plays and sporting events. As a participating student last semester, we saw the hit Broadway show An American in Paris as well as The Book of Mormon, and we also had the chance to go see a Rangers hockey game and a Knicks basketball game.
Also included with the activity fee is a CityPass, which allows you to visit a certain number of famous attractions throughout Manhattan for free. I used mine for all of the incredible museums NYC has to offer.
The Metropolitan Museum of Art, lovingly known as "the Met" to New Yorkers, is only a ten minute walk from the 92Y along Central Park East. Its massive and extravagant structure is a work of art in its own. It is such a monumental collection that I had to visit three times before I covered the whole thing. Bring your walking shoes! It’s definitely worth it. The famous steps outside the front of the Met are also a great place to people watch or read when you need a break from the confines of your Manhattan dorm room.
I also used the CityPass to visit MoMA, or the Museum of Modern Art, during my stay in the city. MoMa has classics around every corner, from Warhol to Frida Kahlo to “Starry Night” by Van Gogh. It was truly incredible to experience and observe those masterpieces first hand. The courtyard in the center of the building also offers a nice reprieve from the bustling neighborhood of Midtown surrounding it, and has some fascinating sculpture work throughout the garden.
One of my favorite museums however, was the Museum of the City of New York. I suggest this museum to all Marist students, and especially those participating in MIM, because it gives such a comprehensive history of the city in terms of culture, architecture, social movements, and more. Its rotating exhibit style gives new perspectives into the history of New York through various lenses, formats and stories. It’s also located on the Upper East Side, so it was just a short walk from our dorm.
Aside from the great perks of our activity fee, living in Manhattan also offers a chance to experience some of the greatest cuisine the world has to offer. Just down the street from the 92Y, you can find authentic Turkish, French, Italian, Japanese, Thai, and even Vietnamese food. I tried at least one new style of food each week and never regretted my choices.
If you feel inclined to make the trip over to Brooklyn, Williamsburg also has its renowned food festival called Smorgasburg every Saturday. It’s an outdoor food festival with music, tons of vendors, and people from all over the city bonding over the innovative, eclectic collection of food that is presented every weekend. Be sure to bring cash and head over to the coastline to enjoy your delicious food and the picturesque Manhattan skyline with friends.
In terms of cheaper food options, dollar slice pizza became a staple of my diet while in Manhattan, and always exceeded my expectations. It’s true when they say there must be something in the water that makes the pizza so delicious. I recommend the NYU staple pizzeria called “Artichoke” with five locations spread throughout the city. Their signature artichoke recipe is out of this world amazing. There is truly nothing like New York pizza.
Beyond the talks, plays, sports events, museums, and food, New York actually has even more to offer, believe it or not. During my time there, I went to at least five underground comedy shows, as well as independent art gallery openings, indie film screenings, and concerts at Webster Hall and Terminal 5. Art, music, sports, food, movies... what more could you ask for in a semester away from campus?
Written by Shannon Donohue '17
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