TRAVELING FOR YOUR MIND, BODY and SOUL
Traveling is meant to challenge your mind, your body and your soul. When traveling for a vacation, work, a honeymoon, or whatever your reason, it is hard to keep balanced while on the move. We travel in order to explore, to venture into all walks of life, to try new things, or to escape every day life. Unfortunately we can get stuck in the mud with over- indulgence, boredom, or unrest because we are out of our comfort zone on the road. Get the most out of your traveling by keeping balanced. Open your mind, challenge your body, and warm your soul. And most of all, be joyful! The world is your oyster.
Being a musical theater major, I have spent a lot of time in NYC over the years. After my trip last week hanging out with a best friend and just trying to have fun, I finally feel fit to give advice for travelers wanting to do the same. All of these suggestions for you to travel for your mind, body and soul in the good old NEW YORK CITY are tried and true… directly from first hand experience…
NYC FOR YOUR MIND
The Bodies Exhibit
What? An inspiring exhibit featuring real human bodies. You get a chance to see our species from the inside with a display of preserved human bodies. You can see healthy lungs compared to a smokers lungs, fetuses, muscles, hearts, nerves, everything! It’s truly amazing how much we all look like chicken meat. You won’t regret it.
When? Open everyday 10am to 7pm
Where? 11 Fulton Street, NY, NY 10038 (at the South Street Seaport, Pier 17)
Cost? Students w/ ID $23.50
Time? Spend about 1.5-2 hours looking around.
Hip Tip: Play the relax competition with a friend there! You each put on head gear and face one another on opposite ends of a table. The more relaxed you are the farther the metallic ball in the center will move into your partner’s side. When the ball crosses the line over your partner’s side you win. See who can chill out better!
More Info: http://www.bodiestheexhibition.com
What? An awesome museum in the lower east side where you can see how immigrants lived as tenants throughout different time periods. You see the struggles they faced as lower class immigrants in Manhattan by touring their actual apartments. In 1935 the city boarded up this apartment complex for reconstruction that never happened. Fifty years later when they took off the shutters, the entire building was found preserved! This building housed 7000 working class immigrants from 1863-1935. You can walk through the restored homes of the Irish, Greek, German, Jewish and many more immigrants, each with a unique story that will warm your heart.
When? Open everyday 10am- 6pm (tours start every 15-30 min)
Where? 103 Orchard St. NY, NY 10002
Cost? Students w/ ID $17
*This price includes ONE tour aka ONE floor of the apartments. You can choose a TOUR (touring the building without a costume interpreter), a WALK (walking with a guide through the surrounding neighborhood of the immigrants) or a MEET (touring the building with a costume interpreter). We did the MEET and it was really fun, the actor was badass.
Time? About a two hour event
Hip Tip: Take the MEET tour and bring plenty of tough questions to put the character interpreter to some real improv work! If you’re are going to have an actor as a tour guide, it might as well be in NYC!
More info: telephone- www.tenement.org
What? Go spend a few hours walking among one of the greatest art museums in the country. Explore exhibits of modern art including sculptures, photography, paintings, drawings, films, and much more. Spend a few hours taking in the beauty and creativity of artists from all over the world.
When? Open Everyday 10:30am-5:30pm
Where? 11 West 53rd St. NY, NY 10019
Cost? Students w/ ID $14
* EVERY Friday from 4pm-8pm they hold Target Free Fridays. It is FREE! You can only get tickets when you go, none in advance.
Time? As long or as little as you want, you could spend days in there!
Hip Tip: You and a friend name the pieces of art before you read the titles. Guess if the artist is male or female. Decide who is closer to the title of the work of art.
More Info: http://www.moma.org
FOOD FOR THE MIND- Tkettle Cafe
What? Ever had milk-pearl tea? Or bubble tea? Or Boba? If not, it is a must have! This is a Taiwanese coffee and tea café with plenty of Boba. Boba is a tea drink with small tapioca pearls that are perfectly chewy and sweet! Tapioca pearls are made from sweet potato, cassava root, and brown sugar and are chewy like gummy bears. Try a Strawberry green tea with tapioca, a Lychee black tea, or a Jasmine Milk tea with boba. Most tea options are fruity or milky and all very tasty. It is great for energy on the go, with a little texture for your teeth!
When? Open everyday 11am-1am
Where? 26 Saint Marks Place (East Village)
New York, New York 10003
Cost? Small $3.15 Large $3.75
Time? 5 minutes
Hip Tip: Cash only! Get the honeydew milk tea with pearls!
More Info: http://www.tkettle.com
NYC FOR YOUR BODY
Walk the Brooklyn Bridge
What? Walk a mile distance over the Brooklyn Bridge, let the rush of cars wash over you, feel the breeze from the coast, get some fresh air and work those legs all while viewing the beautiful NYC skyline.
When? Go at night! Enjoy the skyline all lit up!
Where? The pedestrian walkway starts across from the city hall in Lower Manhattan.
Time? Allow about 30 minutes to walk across the bridge.
Hip Tip: Bring a camera with you to take beautiful skyline photos!
Walk through Central Park
What? You need to see this park at some point on your trip! After a few days in the concrete jungle an hour stroll in the park will refresh your lungs and mind. Grab a cup of coffee and watch the local New Yawkers start their day with a jog or bike ride. Lay out on a blanket at sunset , or join in the yoga in the park held every morning. This will revamp you after crowded metros, trust me!
Where? The park is in the middle of Manhattan. There are MANY entrances, begin near you.
Time? Take a long stroll.
Hip Tip: Challenge you and a friend to walk in complete silence for 30 minutes and see how different you can feel.
More Info: www.centralparknyc.org
*There are many free events held in the park such as yoga, ‘Broadway in the Park’, etc. Check the website for the calendar of events.
Yoga to the people
What? A donation-based studio for all types of yogis. Beginners and advanced yogis all welcome! This class is a one hour vinyasa flow with movement, breath, and stretching. Take the metro to the studio, climb up to the second floor, bring or rent a mat, and huddle in to an old vintage dance studio for an hour of free yoga with a packed class full of NYC locals. Yoga means union. Find yourself.
When? Open everyday. Check the web for class times for the two studios. M-F 7am, 10am, 12pm, 2pm, 4:30pm, 6pm, 7:30pm, 9pm
Where? On the East side: 12 Saint Marks Place – 2R New York, NY 10003 AND
In Brooklyn 211 N. 11th Street, 2nd Floor, Brooklyn, NY 11211
Cost? Donate what you can in the cash box as you leave class.
Mat rentals: $2
Time? One-hour class. Arrive 15 minutes early.
Fun Tip: Get a wheatgrass shot from one of the fresh squeezed juice stands on your way to class!
More Info: yogatothepeople.com
* Do NOT go for the hot yoga flow, make sure it is the power vinyasa flow. The hot one is Bikram yoga which people either love or hate, I no recomendy.
FOOD FOR THE BODY- Whole Foods
What? Just go! If you have never been to whole foods you are in for a surprise. If you have been many times before you are STILL in for a surprise. This Whole Foods of NYC contains a sushi bar, a kitchen for cooking classes, a restaurant, a clothing shop, wine shop, and much more! Just go and explore the miles and miles of health foods and products. You will feel healthier from just walking around the store! Go upstairs to the beauty section and try the free samples of organic skin creams, lotions, and sprays. Get a fresh squeezed orange, carrot, beet juice from the bar and wander around with the dancers, gym -bos, meatheads, vegans, and all sorts of other health nerds of NYC.
When? Everyday 8am to 11pm
Where? 95 East Houston St.
New York, NY 10002
Cost? FREE, $6 for a fresh juice, $9 for a fresh wrap or sandwich
Time? 30-45 minutes.
Hip Tip: Bring your laptop, grab an organic coffee, and chill out in the comfy leather chairs upstairs.
More Info: http://wholefoodsmarket.com/stores/bowery/
NYC FOR YOUR SOUL
What? Go see the site of one of our generation’s great tragedies. Where the towers fell, there is a ton of construction to rebuild FOUR trade centers. Just observe the place where our twin towers fell on 9-11. Walk around the neighborhood and try to imagine what this part of town must have been like on that morning. Stop into the free memorial museum down the road where you can see the timeline of when the planes crashed into the world trade centers, photos of families, video footage of 9-11 and much more. It is a quick stop but it is worth it to be in the neighborhood where the streets and shops were once covered with dust from the burning buildings.
When? Open everyday 10am-6pm (go in the week)
Where? Present your pass at the 9/11 memorial entry at the northwest corner of Albany and Greenwich Streets in lower Manhattan.
Cost? FREE, BUT you must reserve your free pass through the website.
Time? From 20 minutes to an hour, as long as you need to remember.
Hip Tip: Watch Fahrenheit 9-11, United 93 or World Trade Center before you go.
More Info: http://www.911memorial.org
“Once” on Broadway
What? An incredible Broadway show set in a pub in Ireland, based on the movie “Once” about two musicians meeting by chance and forming a relationship because of their passion for music. Walk into the theater, and before the show even begins, the musician/actors are jamming some of Ireland’s greatest tunes onstage amongst themselves. The audience can join them on stage to buy a drink from the ‘pub’ or to dance to the live music! A 2012 Tony Award winner and my favorite Broadway show I have seen so far. It is worth the money, no question.
When? Sun 3PM, Mon dark, Tues 7pm, Wed 2pm and 7pm, Thurs 8pm,
Fri 8pm, Sat 2pm and 8pm
Where? Bernard B. Jacobs Theater Box Office, 242 West 45th Street (Between 8th and Broadway)
Cost? Mezzanine $60-$100, Orchestra $132- $157.00
*All Seats are great, it’s a smaller theater
Time? About 2 hours and 30min (including intermission)
Fun Tip: When the box office opens a limited number of seats will be sold for that day’s performance for a rush price of about $35.00. Box office opens at 10am except for noon on Sunday. Get there as early as possible and wait in line for the cheap tickets!!
More Info: http://www.oncemusical.com
What? If anyone in your party is willing to sing karaoke, head down and grab a drink in a karaoke bar even if you stay for only a song or two. It is worth it to watch the divas get up and sannngg their hearts out. Many talented singers flood the streets of New York and these starlets can’t keep themselves away from karaoke. Go see your own personal live American Idol in NY. Let go, have fun!
When? Late at night.
Where? Planet Rose at 219 Ave. A, North 14th St. Karaoke One 7 at 29 @. 17th St. North 6th Ave
OR any dive Karaoke Bar in Chelsea, NYC
Time? A few hours or a few songs
Fun Tip: Choose an upbeat song, not a ballad. Something everyone can sing too. Sip on a jalapeño margarita before you get onstage.
More Info: Karaoke17.com
NYC FOOD FOR THE SOUL- Cafeteria
What? Cafeteria. An amazing restaurant filled with delicious modern food with a twist! Snack on Macaroni and Cheese with smoked gouda and bacon, Spicy Pork Meatball Sliders, a Crispy Calamari Salad with roasted peppers, toasted peanuts, and honey sesame vinaigrette, Fried Chicken N Waffles, Truffle Shrimp Risotto, Spinach Artichoke Ravioli… and many more dishes for the soul.
When? Late night, dinner
Where? 119 7th Ave NY, NY 10010 (Chelsea)
Cost? App $10 Salads $14 Entrees $22
Time? An hour (or more if you hit the full bar)
Fun Tip: Be nice and hungry before you go, and get the Mac and Cheese with Buffalo chicken and blue cheese.
More Info: http://www.cafeteriagroup.com
In the Summer Bring:
Comfortable Walking shoes- closed toed b/c of all the dirty water puddles
A light rain jacket
Clothes to keep COOL in, its hot as Hades
Sunscreen (UV rays go right through that smog)
In the Winter Bring:
Clothes to keep WARM!
-Bring your Student ID if you have one!
-Pack light, the city is too crowded for extra stuff!
-Download the ‘Happy Hour’ app on your iphone to check out happy hours all around you at any time.
-Don’t have a car in NYC! Buy a metro ticket for the week, you will use it.
-Stay with friends if you can, or sublet an apartment! Many actors, dancers, etc leave for a week or more and still need to pay their rent so they will sublet their place out to you for about $300 for a week or $600 for two weeks. You will save money!
-Live like a local…