After my first full week of classes, I was relieved once the weekend rolled around, and decided to take a few mini breaks from reading this weekend. On Saturday, I went into the city and bought tickets for the New York City Ballet at Lincoln Center. For those of you who haven’t been, Lincoln Center is a magical place. I love sitting on the fountain or on the lit up steps at night, watching locals and tourists pass by. Seriously, New York never ceases to amaze me with its amount of cultural offerings, most of which are made more affordable with discounted tickets for students. Tip: Lincoln Center has Student Rush tickets for most of its events, but the downside is that they can only be purchased on the day of the event.
After hanging out around Columbus Circle, I went on to St. Marks Bookshop in the Lower East Side. Though it was smaller than expected, it did contain an interesting selection of books, with subjects ranging from film to travel to cultural theory, and even a section on Latin America and the Caribbean. St. Marks did not have the comfy seating on which I tend to rate bookstores, but it did have good music and lighting, both of which are equally crucial to the book perusal experience. Plus, I found the Brooklyn-based literary magazine Slice and the paperback edition of The Marriage Plot, by Jeffrey Eugenides, both of which I had been searching for in other bookstores.
Sunday’s excursion was to the Prospect Park Food Truck Rally, located at the main entrance to Prospect Park in the Park Slope area of Brooklyn. Prospect Park is a huge and beautiful park complete with a lake, a zoo, large grassy areas perfect for picnics and soccer, and lots of walking paths. I met up with two classmates from my program in CLACS and set out to decide what to eat from about 15 trucks that were parked in a circle. I ultimately chose a grilled cheese from Milk Truck and a mango slushie from Kelvin Natural Slush Co. Both were delicious and satisfying as I sat on the grass and enjoyed good conversation and the warm, sunny weather, which I have come to cherish as chilly fall weather draws near.
Elizabeth Con is an MA Candidate at CLACS at NYU