Off campus guide to NYC

October 12, 2017 / New York City

Being a student in New York is living the dream, having all the thrills of the metropolis available after classes. Taking a study break offers a multitude of ways to spend that free time, but some of the city’s most enjoyable experiences are the simplest: catching a movie, grabbing a bite, or browsing a flea market.  

Study break spots in NYC

1. Rooftop Cinema Club

The first rule of Rooftop Cinema Club is…actually, there’s nothing secretive about this great way to catch classic or recent release movies in Brooklyn and Manhattan. The action on the screen has to compete with the magnificent backdrop of the lit-up city skyline. Wireless headphones ensure the soundtrack is crystal clear and deckchairs are an invitation to relax.

Where: Yotel, 570 10th Ave, New York, NY 10036 and OfficeOps, 57 Thames St, Brooklyn, NY

2. The Rink at Rockefeller Center

Skating at Rockefeller Center, in the heart of Midtown, is one of the must-dos for any winter in Manhattan. The 2017 season gets underway with the grand opening ceremony on October 11, so students can get in early before the festive shoppers and tourists start to crowd the rink. Newbies might like to invest in lessons, available at the rink.

Where: 5th Ave between 49th and 50th St, New York, NY

3. Chihuly

Dale Chihuly’s arresting artworks and installations are on display at the Botanical Gardens until October 29. The exhibit offers a sensory overload in the perfect setting of the gardens, with works spanning more than four decades of the artist’s career. On weekends there are additional film screenings, art workshops, and poetry sessions.

Where: 2900 Southern Boulevard, Bronx, NY

4. Roof Garden Commission

Another must-see for culture-loving students, the Argentinian artist Adrián Villar Rojas has created a dynamic installation incorporating the roof of the Met. Manhattanites have been thrilled by the elegant pergola, smart tiled floor, bar, public benches, and lush greenery. It’s the perfect rendezvous spot for a refined relaxation between classes.

Where: 1000 Fifth Ave, New York, NY

5. Jim Henson Exhibition

In the words of the song, are you a man or a Muppet? Jim Henson was a little bit of both, and this wide-ranging permanent exhibition at MOMI celebrates his work, from Sesame Street and Fraggle Rock to Labyrinth and The Muppets. The exhibition includes 47 of the original puppets. Admission is free with a museum entrance, so you don’t have to try and see it all at once.

Where: 36-01 35th Ave, Queens, NY

6. Brooklyn Flea

All the accessories and vintage treasures required for any student room can be picked up at the flea. At least that’s the hope of the eager shoppers perusing the stalls every Sunday. If you don’t find that perfect lamp, hat, or umbrella, there is always the consolation of the food stands offering Brooklyn’s latest artisan gourmet creations or organic veg from the country.

Where: Manhattan Bridge Archway, 80 Pearl St, Brooklyn, NY

7. Brunch with friends

If breakfast is for virtuous early-risers and lunch is for networking business types, brunch makes for the perfect student option. NYC has embraced the brunch concept with characteristic style. From organic sourdough to huevos rancheros, avocado toast to gourmet granola, the city has every fad, fashion, innovation, and classic combo covered. Make a date and rise late for a brunch chat about assignments, faculty, grades, whatever.

Where: Uptown, downtown, Brooklyn, wherever fashion and your cravings dictate

8. Aura photography

Selfies are just so last season. These days it is all about getting your aura photographed. For lovers of all things spiritual and Eastern, Magic Jewelry in Chinatown will capture your aura in the form of an array of colors around a photographic image. They will also offer an explanation of what the colors may indicate.

Where: 238 Canal St #108, New York, NY

Taking a break from school in NYC allows students to take advantage of some of the world’s greatest cultural facilities. Clubs, cafes, and cinemas create a scene as vibrant as anywhere on the planet. Even if you just need a place to grab a coffee and check emails, the city has inviting little establishments on every block.