• Moving to Brooklyn: The Hunt for New Study Spaces

    That’s right — I’m moving. Every bit of New York City is enchanting in its own way, but Brooklyn is especially enchanting because rent is lower there. I’ll still be commuting to Manhattan’s Financial District for school, but I’m realizing that I don’t know my new neighborhood–I need to look for new study spaces. I recognize that this is a similar challenge to the one many of you face: finding quality workspace in foreign territory. So, let’s start from scratch together. Today I’m going to walk you through my study space scouting process. Word of Mouth Don’t be shy like I was as a freshman – ask upperclassmen for permission…

  • 5 Places to Shop for School Supplies in New York City

    Full disclosure: you’re going to spend this summer saying goodbye to your hometown, working, and scrambling to pack up your life and move it to New York City (or you already go to school here — congrats!!). School supplies will be the last thing on your mind. But why waste room in your suitcase when there are awesome places to find school supplies here? Check out some of my FAVORITE places to shop for school supplies in New York City. 1. Muji Perfect for: bullet journal fanatics, a budget Locations: SoHo, Chelsea, Times Square – check them all out here. I buy my notebooks and pens at Muji. They are…

  • Black Fox Coffee Co.

    Up until now I’ve shared some of the quieter places I know with you (if you LOVE quiet study spaces, make sure you check out Poets House). If you like the ambiance of a busy coffee shop, complete with buzz of dozens of conversations, you should spend an afternoon studying in Black Fox Coffee. Black Fox is located on 70 Pine Street, a 5 minute walk from The King’s College and the 2/3 at Wall Street. It is open 6:30am-5:30pm Monday-Friday and 8am-4pm on Saturday and Sunday. If you’re sensing a price theme with the FiDi coffee shops I’ve reviewed, you’re right, they’re all pricy, especially if you get food.…

  • Is Starbucks basic? Not necessarily. (how to enjoy quality space from a chain coffee company)

    Starbucks. If you’re a coffee drinker like me, you might end up spending a lot of money here during college (so be willing to get a lil side hustle–babysitting pays WELL in Manhattan). Side note: if this is you, download the app for a free drink on your birthday, rewards when you spend, and FREE REFILLS on coffee and tea when you sit and stay to study! Before living in New York, I didn’t see Starbucks as a place to sit down and stay. In fact, I’d go through the drive though in my car. I thought it was great. I didn’t know better. Honey, you’re sophisticated now. Some Starbucks…

  • 9 Places to Study in Lower Manhattan

    In need of some work space inspiration? These are my go-to places in the Financial District in list form for easy access. 1) Fika – 66 Pearl Street Check out my post about Fika here. Anticipate chocolate and amazing coffee. 2) Bean & Bean – 71 Broadway Across Broadway from The King’s College. Ideal for an almond milk latte, a break from studying in the King’s library, or a quick meeting with your Big. 3) Elevated Acre – 55 Water Street Ideal for warm weather. Good views. Lots of sunshine. Bench seating. Picnic friendly. 4) Ground Central – 2 Coenties Slip Comfy couches. Chill vibes. Outdoor seating. Donuts available. 5) Starbucks – 55…

  • Joe, The Juice, & Study Break Ideas

    Last Saturday I slept in. I only got out of bed before noon because I had a coffee date with my friend at Joe & The Juice. If Joe & The Juice is your only motivation to get moving on homework tomorrow, you won’t be disappointed. Joe & The Juice has 17 locations in Manhattan to choose from, so depending on where you are, it will either be easy or VERY easy to get to. My favorite locations (67 Wall Street and 40 Broad Street) are in the FiDi, a 5 minute walk from The King’s College. Joe & The Juice is a little pricier than bigger chains like Starbucks, but…

  • FIKA in the FiDi

    FIKA Espresso Bar is located on 66 Pearl Street in Manhattan’s Financial District. This is definitely worth the 2 minute walk from my apartment, but also would be worth a short commute on the green, red, or yellow line if you don’t live downtown. According to FIKA’s website, “FIKA,” in Swedish, means ‘enjoying a coffee break,’ often accompanied by something sweet or savory. A daily ritual and important part of the Swedish culture. Friends, I suggest that you make coffee a daily ritual, too. The Swedes understand. Open Monday-Friday 7am to 6pm, Saturday 10am to 4pm, and closed on Sunday, FIKA is the perfect place to take your weekday morning hustle. FIKA…

  • Study Tunes

    On Instagram, I asked, and many of you responded! THANK YOU! Below are links to some sounds that will help you get in the zone. Please comment if you have more suggestions, and I’ll add them to the Study Spaces NYC playlist, Study Sounds. Happy jamming. Happy cramming.   Classical Essentials: recommended for reading, essay writing, or spontaneous ballet   Study Sounds: recommended for blogging, reading, and long walks in Central Park (again, thank you for your suggestions!)   Cozy Rain: recommended for power naps and drowning out your roommates’ laughter   Best of Italian: A playlist from my friend Bernadette, who has an excellent European music blog, Passporta Musica.…

  • Poets House: Battery Park City’s Quietest Workspace

    We’ve all experienced days when the slightest sound from a roommate or the complexity of an assignment makes us go: If, like me, you’re a little bit of a grandma (you like your peace and quiet!!), this place will make your heart go: Located at 10 River Terrace in Battery Park City, Poets House is a gentle soul’s dream. My first time there, I couldn’t believe it existed. It’s almost too good to be true. By some miracle, Poets House is absolutely free. Depending on where you live though, you might have to take a train or car to get there. It’s about a 20 minute walk from the FiDi,…

  • Opinion: Not all Study Spaces are Created Equal (and what you should look for in a study space)

    I took a study break this past weekend in Washington, D.C., so I’ll start this off on a political note. Just like you should be an informed voter, you should do your best to be an informed studier. Spontaneity is good, but not when you’re picking your representatives or a place to cram for a paper that’s due tomorrow. All people are created equal, but all study spaces are not. The following are criteria I will examine when recommending specific study spaces in the city. I prefer inexpensive, fairly quiet places that are well-lit with coffee nearby. (If your tastes are different, I encourage you to come up with your…