Staying Local

By Arlena McClenton

When people ask you where you’re going for spring break, do you lower your voice and eyes and mumble, “I’m staying here?” You might be forgetting that “here” is New York City, one of the most vibrant and populated cities on earth. There’s no excuse to Netflix and chill all day when there are so many new things to do around the city. Here are our top choices for things to do during spring break:

1) Do something on your NYC bucket list

Do the thing. You know which one I’m talking about: the one you promised yourself you’d do as a wide eyed first year, but never got the chance to do because you were busy. You’re not busy anymore, so do it! Whether it’s going to a show, giving yourself permission to do touristy stuff for a day, or checking out that cool new bar, do what you’ve always craved in your heart of hearts.

2) Buy (or look) at some antique books

If the Rare Book and Manuscript library is where you find your thrills, The New York Antiquarian Book Fair is where you’ll find some deals. Hosted in the Park Avenue Armory from March 9 to 12, the book fair has over 50 vendors and books of a variety of languages and subjects. Even if you don’t buy anything, $10 student tickets are a cheap way to get your fill of old book smell. If books don’t hold much appeal after suffering through midterms, the fair also hosts vendors of old photographs. Check out the website for the festival’s hours.

3) Take the Staten Island Ferry

Care to do something picturesque? Ride the Staten Island Ferry! While there isn’t much reason to go to Staten Island (besides the Statue of Liberty), the view of the statue, Ellis Island, and Lower Manhattan from the ferry is breathtaking. And the best part of all is that it’s free!

4) Go to the Cloisters!

Need a safe retreat from the city? When you just can’t stand seeing the skyscrapers through Central Park’s trees, head up to the Bronx to restore your peace of mind. The Cloisters are a branch of The Met that specializes in Western medieval art. The museum runs adjacent to Fort Tryon Park, and sits on a tiny hill that overlooks the Hudson River. Again, it’s completely free, so there’s no excuse for not going and spending an afternoon in quiet contemplation.