After making it through orientation, why not kick off your first Friday at Mailman by visiting some of the places you can relax and unwind? Check out some select spots around town from returning students.
This place has been a cool hideaway for residents of the West Village for over 20 years. It is a great place to come with a group of your friends or on an intimate date. They offer reasonably priced drinks and food, and the staff is super friendly. The kitchen is open until 3 am on the weekends and 2 am during the week. In the front of the bar, there’s an elegant vibe with round booths and candle lights. But, if you continue to the back of the bar and through a curtain, you’ll emerge into a completely different place. The backroom is filled with leather couches, chairs, small tables, and a fireplace. In addition, as implied by its name, every inch of the walls is covered by interesting pieces of art (such as the Last Supper with Marilyn Monroe as a guest). It is definitely a cool place that you will be happy to have discovered during your time in the city.
With two large indoor areas and a cobblestone courtyard, this is a cool place to go with a large group of friends. It is a beer garden that also serves delicious wings, fries, and other bar food for reasonable prices. Open until 4 am every day, The Garden is often the venue for free events and concerts, such as Afrojack this past summer. The atmosphere is great and has a real community feel. During big sporting events like the World Cup, hundreds of people gather here to watch the game on the two screens and root for their favorite team.
Hidden in Alphabet City between Avenue B and 3rd Avenue, No Maice Palace is a great spot to dance, let loose, and have fun. The space is small, but it’s not hard to get to the exit or find the couches that line the perimeter of the dance floor. You won’t be seated for long though—the DJ keeps the crowd moving with a mix of hip-hop, dancehall, 90s classics, reggaeton, and top 40. Bonus: There’s a place right next door that sells tacos till 4am, which is perfect after a long night of dancing.
This is maybe the most interesting place, ever. Fat Cat has been around for decades and is essentially an arcade for adults. You can play pool, shuffleboard, ping pong, chess, or even bring a game from home—all while drinking a cold beverage and listening to jazz music. The crowd is typically young professionals or NYU grad students, and the band is always good. In addition to playing games and dancing, you can also do arts, crafts and even bring your own food. That’s right, you can BYOF into the Fat Cat. Conveniently, there is a cheap pizza place right down the street.
Heights tavern is a popular post-exam bar because of their excellent Happy Hour from 4pm-8pm Monday through Friday. You’ll often find other Mailman students here celebrating because it’s a relaxed place to meet classmates that you always see but may have never spoken to before.
Top Gun, Pitch Perfect, Jaws, Frozen, The Breakfast Club – so many movies, so little time. Grab some friends, a blanket and snacks, and park yourself by the Hudson River, in Central Park, or at one of the many other locations to enjoy a movie under the stars. Be on the lookout for the Summer 2015 listing, but in the meantime, here are some fun events to check out in September.
Open to everyone, Afropunk celebrates Black culture in ways that are not commonly featured in the media. This weekend festival is concerned with all things alternatively Afrocentric and will feature musical performances, a thrift market with over 80 local artists, and a food truck roundup called Afropunk Bites and Beats. Best of all, entry for this event is free (though a donation is suggested.) Come with an appetite for food, adventure, and fun. For more info, click here and mark your calendars for next year.
Webster Hall is a historic music venue in Manhattan on 11th street between 3rd and 4th avenues that showcases an eclectic mix of musical genres. If you are a fan of underground artists who have a strong following, this is a must-do. Recent artists include Jesse Boykins the III, Solange, Blue October, and the Tontons. Check out the schedule to see future performances.
Farmers and Flee Markets
With multiple amazing vendors for food, art, clothes, music and much more, the Brooklyn Night Bazaar is where it’s at. Take the G train to Greenpoint on Friday and Saturday nights from 7pm-1am to enjoy the atmosphere (including ping pong tables and a mini golf course), yummy food, and great drinks. Lines get longer as the night goes on, but you can find great deals through Yelp and other websites for a speedy entrance plus food and drink tickets. This is a must do during your time in the city.
Every Sunday between 9 am and 5 pm, this farmers market is worth checking out—even for just its location. In the heart of the Upper West Side, on Columbus Avenue between 78th and 81st Street, this greenmarket was one of my personal favorites. The atmosphere is relaxing and the options are fruitful (pun intended). Close to the 1 train, it is easy to access for those living on campus or in Washington Heights.
If you’re seeking fresh fruits, veggies, and pastries, look no further than Washington Heights and our very own CUMC campus. Here you will find an assortment of local vendors outside of Hammer Library (168th and Fort Washington), every Tuesday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.. Grab a snack on the way to or from class, or stock up on your produce needs with this great neighborhood resource.