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How to Eat Vegan/Vegetarian In NYC

By Adelaide Zoller

About three years ago I was inspired to go vegetarian after reading an article about the health benefits and the environmental impacts of giving up meat. Next, it was dairy and soon after I had gone completely vegan. It’s something I feel very strongly about and consider a big part of my identity. So when I was getting ready to start Newhouse NYC, I was nervous but excited to continue my vegan lifestyle. I knew that New York would be a great hub for vegan food, but eating in the city is already expensive and, on top of that, vegan food can tend to be pricey.

It took a few weeks, but I soon found a variety of ways to eat vegan on a budget at some of my favorite spots throughout the city. Whether you’re looking for fresh, delicious, vegetable-based meals, meat-imitation courses, or want to indulge, New York City is brimming with some of the most delicious, fun, and trendy-yet-affordable vegan restaurants around.

 

Breakfast/Brunch:

Bluestone Lane – 2 E. 90th St: If you’re looking for something close to EHS for breakfast or brunch, you have to check out Bluestone Lane. It’s an Australian-style café located on Museum Mile right across from Central Park. When the weather turned nicer this semester, it became a regular spot for my roommate and me to eat breakfast outside and people-watch. While it’s not a totally vegan café, they do have several items on the menu that are. Our favorites? The coco-nut porridge and the avocado smash toast.

by CHLOE – 40 Lafayette Street: Although it’s an all-vegan café, by CHLOE is an absolute must for anyone. There are locations throughout the city, but make sure you stop at one that has both the café and the bakery. by CHLOE was cofounded by vegan chef Chloe Coscarelli, who was also a winner of “Cupcake Wars,” and the sweets are to die for.

 

Lunch:

One of the best things about living (and eating) in New York City is that you’re never too far away from a delicious salad. Whether it’s Chop’t, Sweetgreen, or fresh&co, there are countless options throughout the city for a “make your own salad” or a seasonal warm bowl full of veggies and grains. At Sweetgreen, the Shroomami warm bowl is full of grains, veggies, portobello, and sesame tofu and is definitely my favorite vegan option. I worked in the Flatiron District and these places had some of the best vegan meals I’ve ever had. Occasionally my boss and I would pop into a Juice Press down the street and grab a Harvey Wallbanger w/ the Works or a Rainforest smoothie for a delicious plant-based sugar fix.

Terri – 60 W 23rd St: Another great thing about NYC is that being vegan doesn’t mean you have to eat boringly. Terri, which has locations in Midtown, Chelsea, and the Financial District, has a variety of vegan options like the Meatball Sub and the Chickpea Tuna Melt that let you venture outside the usual wrap or salad while still staying plant-based.

 

Grocery Shopping:

Whole Foods – 1551 3rd Ave: This Whole Foods Market down the street from the EHS building became a regular stop during my time in New York City. Although it’s a bit pricey, there are a few vegan items you can pick up there that are worth the money. My favorites are the soy barbecue nuggets, the vegan scones, and the vegan sushi. They also have surprisingly cheap frozen veggies and meals that you can buy for an inexpensive lunch to bring to work.

Trader Joes: Although you’ll have to take the train or a ride-service, a food haul from Trader Joe’s is definitely worth it. For one, it’s a much cheaper option to Whole Foods if you need to fill your fridge. Not only that, but you can get just about anything you need there food-wise. My roommate and I would take the subway down every few weeks or so, stock up, then split a Lyft back home with our groceries. They have huge backs of quick oats and granola that we would stock up on for breakfast, and their fruits and veggies have the best prices you’ll find at a grocery store in New York City.

 

Once you get to New York City, you’ll see how easy it is to maintain a vegan or vegetarian lifestyle. Practically every restaurant has a vegan option or substitution and the streets are full of spots with delicious plant-based options.

Why I Know Data & Analytics Is the Field for Me

By Rona Shang

I’ve always been a really curious person. For as long as I can remember, the “why’s” and “how’s” of pretty much everything always popped up into my head. I’ve always loved solving problems, and although it’s sometimes a negative, I am a stubbornly tenacious worker.

In the beginning of my journey to finding this field of research & data analytics, I decided to pursue public relations as my major in Newhouse. I figured since I love to work with people, I’m great at communicating ideas and solutions, and I love finding ways to make things better, PR would be a perfect field for me. As I navigated through freshman and sophomore year however, I got a bit lost. I liked the bigger ideas of what I was learning, but I didn’t find myself loving the work, nor was I really satisfied with it either.

Then I accidentally took an intro-level policy studies class that led me to becoming a TA, declaring a second major, and finding the field I am in now. While the public relations major focuses on building strong writing, presentation, and communication skills, the policy studies major focuses on building skills in problem-solving, research, information collection, quantitative analysis, and collaborative working. Having both majors really allowed me to get both right- and left-brain training, and I was finally satisfied with the direction I was headed in because the majors complemented each other so well.

Having both a creative and analytical side helped me land my first summer internship on the strategy, research, and planning team at a media agency in NYC. There, I was exposed to not only the day-to-day work within an agency, but also to a plethora of guest speakers and field trips to companies such as Facebook, Google, Spotify, and more. The thing that would interest me most whenever I heard it mentioned? Data. I was hooked on how powerful it was in making informed decisions and predictions, and I was fascinated by the sheer amount of data out there. I quickly went back to my manager and let her know about my newfound interest, and she responded joyfully while handing me a Nielsen Total Audience Report. I had no idea what Nielsen even was before that point, but as I read the report, all I kept thinking to myself was how cool it would be to be the person behind these findings – and so I set my goal, and I’m happy to say that a semester later, I’m an intern at Nielsen and it’s everything I hoped for and more.

Being on the CPG Ad Solutions team means I’m at an intersection between the media/ad world and analytics. I’m lucky enough to be able to work across a variety of Fortune 500 clients and mine data from such an extensive database. I get to turn real-time, real-world ad performance insights into sleek, powerful, and clear final deliverables for clients, and, above all, I get to remain endlessly curious, stubbornly tenacious, and work with a brilliant team that has been nothing but helpful and welcoming to me. I obviously don’t know exactly what the future holds, but thanks to both Newhouse and Maxwell, previous internships and Nielsen, I’ve learned that I’m exactly where I want to be right now.

5 Things All International Students Should Know about Studying in NYC

By Yanjun Li

Hi! I’m Yanjun Li, and I’m an international student from China who has spent the past semester studying in New York City. It has been a great semester and a valuable experience for me to be a part of the Newhouse NYC program. The practical experience definitely helps a person grow faster. In four short months, I not only put what I learned from school into real-life practice, but I also learned how to deal with challenges on my own. Here are five tips I would give to the incoming international students:

1. Subway? Not a problem!

The subway is always the best way to go everywhere. However, the New York City subway is confusing. The signs and the instructions are not clear enough for an “outlander.” For me, it probably took two weeks to get used to the lines and directions. Don’t panic—I think this is a process that everyone needs to go through.

Google Maps app quickly became my best friend, and it will be yours, too. From the directions, you can see which line to take, whether to go uptown or downtown, how many stops you need to go, and which stop you get off. At the beginning of the semester, I did ask a fellow commuter for directions, but just once—so that’s always a good last resort. But the more you ride the train, the more you’ll get the sense and skills of how to go anywhere. If you are too tired to get somewhere, I used Lyft and Uber, which are safe and fast. If you want the cheapest way of commuting, though, the subway is the best way.

 

2. Eat, live, eat

Some people say New York City never sleeps, and I would say New York City is never hungry. There are massive restaurants in the city; I feel like I’ll never be able to try them all. If you want Japanese food, my favorite is Cha-An in the East Village. If you want authentic Chinese food, Chinatown and Flushing (in Queens—a little bit far) are the best places to go. My favorite restaurant in Chinatown is West New Malaysia. It serves Southeast Asian food, but the food there is even better than the original dishes. For example, I ordered a dish that originally comes from Singapore. The taste was even better here than it was in Singapore! So I highly recommend you go. Also, I suggest trying different countries’ food because you can find every type of cuisine in the Big Apple.

 

3. Get the right clothes for the job

New York City is shopping paradise, and Soho is my favorite place to go. There are a variety of clothes for different styles and needs. Since we are here for internships, I would recommend ZARA for business casual clothes that are good quality and an affordable price. Clothing shops are everywhere in New York City, so sometimes when I was out with my friends, we would randomly go into a store. It’s always worth a try.

 

4. Stay healthy—and have some fun

If you choose not to live in the dorm, your apartment may or may not have a fitness room. There was no fitness room in my apartment, so I signed up for a yoga class nearby. Different than normal yoga classes, this type of yoga was called Aerial Yoga, in which you “fly” on a hammock. I enjoyed it! Remember to use Groupon to find discounts on classes.

If you are sick, you don’t have to go to the hospital (unless it’s an emergency); there are many urgent care clinics in the city. You can use Google Maps or Yelp to find the nearest one. I went to an urgent care clinic near my apartment that was quick, inexpensive, and efficient.

 

5. Take away life lessons from your internship

I worked in a small PR agency this semester, and I learned a lot. I think for international students, confidence is the most important thing. When you want to do something, or you find a project you’re interested in, you should always ask your supervisor if there’s an opportunity to help.

If you feel you need feedback or have any questions, don’t be afraid to schedule time with your supervisor to talk about your concerns. I benefited a lot from talking with my supervisor and learning about my strengths and weaknesses at work. For example, I learned that if you’re stuck on a task, sometimes it’s good to put it away for a while and come back to it. This may help you come up with a better idea.

 

Remember, New York is a magical city. There are so many places, events, and activities to explore while you are here. I know your semester in NYC will be an unforgettable experience in your life, as it has been for me.

What Happens When You Get the Internship You Wanted, But You Realize It’s Not For You

Tanja Garic in Central Park

By Tanja Garic

Going into the semester, I couldn’t believe my luck. The main reason I wanted to take part in the Newhouse NYC semester was because of one particular PR agency that I felt was the right fit for me. When I got the offer, I couldn’t have been more excited.

But a couple of weeks in, my excitement wore off and panic set in. My dream internship wasn’t really my dream. I was devastated. I never, for a minute, imagined that I would end up thinking that it wasn’t right for me. I expected to love it, and to want to continue doing lifestyle and luxury PR throughout my career. But it didn’t go that way for me.

Unfortunately, I discovered that luxury PR is not something I am passionate about, and the accounts I worked on were not fulfilling. I found the work I was doing for the accounts to be very far removed from the world I live in, and not in my realm of reality.

I thought I would be enjoying myself, but instead I was in full panic mode, convinced that I had made a huge mistake. I was in the midst of an existential crisis. Looking back at it now, I regret wasting that time so panicked and stressed out because I lost valuable time, and in the end, things turned out okay.

Once the panic had subsided, I realized that I hadn’t made a mistake and I was wrong to regret my choices. I was still learning a ton even if my experience wasn’t exactly what I wanted it to be. I knew I had to get over my image of what my experience was supposed to be like, and that proved to be the hardest part. Talking to others that had been through similar situations, as well as those close to me, helped me to let go of that image and realize that everyone’s experiences will be different, and that’s okay. Some people will love the time they spent at their internship, while others will not. It’s completely normal.

If you realize that your internship isn’t the right one, then the best thing to do is to take a step back and reassess what else you like, and what other career paths interest you. The next time you’re looking for an internship, picking a different field that you’re intrigued by might be the best move. It’s also important to realize that it’s okay to not love what you’re doing. Not everyone gets it right on the first try. It takes some people years to figure out what it is they love to do.

The best thing to do is to appreciate that you now know what you don’t want to do. One of the best pieces of advice I’ve received in the past few months is that knowing what you don’t like is just as important as knowing what you do like.

Even in the worst experiences, there are still things that you enjoy. Whether it is the clientele, or the size of the company, or the work you’re doing, there has to be something that you like about it. In my case, even though I realized that it wasn’t the right field of PR for me, I loved the people I worked with, and the atmosphere couldn’t have been any better. Being surrounded by people who are so kind and genuine is such a good feeling, and it is something that I am extremely thankful I had. It’s hard to be in a bad mood when everyone around you is so wonderful to be around. It’s a factor that can get easily overlooked, but it can make or break an experience. Be sure to take note of what it is that you like and make sure the next place you go to has it, and take note of what you don’t like and avoid going to a place that has it.

My biggest piece of advice to everyone, whether you love your internship or you realize that it’s simply not for you, is to take the time to appreciate and enjoy your time in New York City. It’s a wonderful place, and there’s so much to enjoy if you just try to appreciate your time there. It goes by so fast, and before you know the semester is over, and you’re leaving New York City.

6 Tips on Eating Out in NYC on a Student’s Budget

By Natalie Rudakevych

During one of my first weekends living in New York City, I had dinner with a friend who was visiting from out of town. Neither of us knew where to eat, so we went to the first restaurant we saw—a trendy Mexican place in the West Village. We both wound up spending about $30 each on four tiny tacos and an appetizer, and I quickly realized I couldn’t afford to eat like that every weekend.

It’s not a secret that New York is an expensive city to live in, but it’s even less affordable when you’re a full-time student. You have to learn to be thrifty. My semester in the city has definitely taught me some lessons about eating in the city, and I’m happy to share my six top tips for eating out without going completely bankrupt.

 

1. Lunch specials are key.

Always go for the lunch special. I love Vezzo Thin Crust Pizza (31st and Lexington, near the Fisher Center), where you can split a large pizza and salad for $20 (it’s more than enough for two people). I also frequently order from Absolute Thai (near EHS), where you can get an entrée, salad, and appetizer for around $10.

 

2. Don’t forget about student discounts.

Being a student has its perks! The EHS website has a list of places where you can get discounts with your EHS ID card (including Dunkin’ Donuts, Famiglia Pizzeria, and Garden of Eden Marketplace). It also never hurts to ask if a restaurant offers student discounts.

3. Subscribe to NYC guides.

Websites like Time Out New York, Thrillist and Pulsd typically feature deals and lists of cheap places to eat. There are almost always deals for bottomless brunch at fancy places. Subscribe to the email newsletters so you never miss a good bargain!

4. Don’t be scared of produce stands.

This isn’t really a tip for eating out, but you can find stands selling fruits and veggies all over NYC. It might seem a little sketchy at first, but the produce really is fine and a lot cheaper than Whole Foods.

5. Food carts are also okay.

Some people are scared to try food carts, but it really is a cheap way to get a meal. The prices are good and the portions are typically huge. Roaming Hunger has a great food truck map that shows you where your favorite food trucks are located at any given moment, so you can always track down something good to eat.

6. Know when to splurge.

If you’re a Newhouse NYC student, you’re only in the city for one semester, so make the most of it! It’s okay to go out to brunch or splurge on an expensive dinner, just don’t do it every day. Make a list of the more expensive restaurants you want to try during your semester in the city and go to one a week, or as often as you can afford.

 

Now that my semester in the city is over, I’m going to miss having the ability to get any kind of food I want whenever I want. From pizza to soup dumplings to soul food, NYC has everything. While it’s important to spend your money wisely, don’t forget to take advantage of living in one of the food capitals of the world!

The Best Free Activities in New York City

By Alford Daley III

Let’s face it guys: New York City can be tough. Over a million people live here, new people move in everyday with hopes and dreams, and of course, almost everything is expensive. Oh and guess what? That one really pricey event you think you deserve because you’ve been saving up for months and want it so bad? Like Hamilton tickets? Everyone else wants it, too—so you might not even get to go.

However, being that NYC is literally the greatest city in the world, there are plenty of FREE activities that are fun, exciting, and even adventurous. (Did I mention free?) Here are my top four favorite activities that won’t bust your wallet.

1. Attend a taping of an NBC show

Ever wanted to be in the audience of the legendary “Tonight Show,” or marvel at 40 years of comedy history at “Saturday Night Live?” A lot of people don’t know this, but tickets to an NBC show at 30 Rockefeller Plaza is free! 30 Rock is the home to NBC’s entire late night lineup, including “The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon,” “Late Night with Seth Meyers,” and “Saturday Night Live.” Getting tickets can kind of be tricky and often sell out within minutes of availability. But with preparation and timing, you can have a night of laughs for the price of zero dollars.

NBC

2. Walk around the best of NYC parks

NYC is famous for its beautiful parks. And the most gorgeous thing about them is that they all cost the lovely price of nothing. You and your friends can have an adventure walking through some of the cities best parks like Bryant Park, Brooklyn’s Prospect Park, and your Instagram favorite, Central Park. Winter or spring, New York City parks are a visual delight that’ll allow you and your expenses to rest easy.

central-park

3. Walk the High Line

Aside from being a really cool train-track-turned-elevated-linear-park, the High Line is also famous for being the go-to “I’m a tourist but I’m tired of Times Square so let’s go do something that seems not touristy but really is” destination. It also has really nice views of the Chelsea area and is featured in the opening credits of SNL. So maybe you’ll run into Kenan Thompson! With its unique structure and dazzling sights, the High Line is the cool hip alternative to every crowded, cracked, and rigid sidewalk you usually find in NYC.

high-line

4. Go to a pay-what-you-wish museum

I know I’ve broken the sacred rule, and I’m counting this as my one cheat. But with all that NYC’s famed museums have to offer, while only asking you to pay whatever you want, this might as well be free. MOMA, The Met, and Whitney Museum are just a few examples of places that offer this fantastic deal. And don’t be shy about abusing that rule. I once saw a family of 15 get into The Met for only one dollar.  Don’t worry, spare a dollar, and have fun being educated at a fancy museum.

moma

Chicago vs. New York City: How the Windy City Compares to the Big Apple

By Carrie Kaiser

Hi! My name is Carrie Kaiser and I am a junior Advertising major from Chicago currently at Catch 24 in New York City. As the semester comes to a close, I can confidently say that I feel much more comfortable in New York City. Not too comfortable—just yesterday I realized I was walking the wrong way for four blocks through Soho because there’s not the same number system down there. New York City has a way of humbling you just when you think you’ve got it down.

Chicago feels much more familiar to me. While Manhattan is literally surrounded by an ocean, in Chicago I feel the sense of being near open water much more. With Lake Michigan lining the whole east side and the river running right through the center of the city, it’s hard to avoid. NYC is just so much more packed—with people, with restaurants, and with buildings—that you feel enclosed by the current area you’re in no matter where you are. It’s not until you walk the Brooklyn Bridge or go to Battery Park to say hello to Lady Liberty that you realize just how surrounded by water you are.

Chicago also feels slower. By slower I don’t mean less metropolitan, I mean the feel is literally slower. In New York, there are so many more people rushing to catch walk signals and there are constantly five new restaurants to try. I’ve only been here for a few months and I already get the sense that I could be here for a few years and still have 20 things to do on my list. The turnover rate is twice the pace of Chicago’s.

While I think New York City might seem more daunting to jump into, I think it is easier to adjust here. The grid system of the streets and the amazing subway system  (Chicago’s is great too, but not as extensive) make navigation extremely easy to catch on to. Aside from the southern part of the island, it is impossible to head the wrong way for more than two blocks. After my first few weeks here I should have added pivoting to my resume.

One of my favorite things about both cities is the museum scene. Chicago has the Art Institute and New York has the MET, both of which should be day-long trips with all they have to offer. One of my favorite moments this semester was when I decided to go to the Museum of Modern Art alone one Wednesday and stumbled upon Van Gogh’s “Starry Night.” It was the painting that inspired me to paint and has been my favorite for as long as I can remember. I went into the museum with no expectations and was graced with such a pleasant surprise during a hectic week.

Laura Superina, Carrie Kaiser, and Lauren Newfield at “The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon”

That’s what I’ve noticed about this city. It is full of little moments to bring you back from the constant rushed feeling—you just have to peel your eyes from your cell phone and keep an eye out for them. The High Line as flowers start to bloom, Ladurée’s macarons, the luck of the draw to get free tickets to see “The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon,” hearing the “Game of Thrones” theme song in violin at the Herald Square station, using the spire of the Empire State Building as a compass, or stumbling upon your favorite painting; there are so many things to appreciate at every moment that it’s hard to pick any singular one.

I have to end with what you’ve been expecting this whole time: pizza comparisons. I am fully aware that I am totally biased, but I will give New York an edge on regularity. After I eat deep dish pizza in Chicago, we need to go on a long-term break. However, I could eat New York style pizza every day without fail. To me, there is nothing better than Pequod’s Deep Dish Pepperoni pizza, but Rubirosa’s Vodka Sauce pie really does take a close second.