5 things to do between NSOP activities (all along the 1 train)
We know there’s plenty to do during orientation week at night. But filling the days can be tough. Walking tours of Hartley-Wallach are only fun for so long. So, we’ve put together a list of cheap, New York-y things to do—all along our beloved 1 train. Hop on at 116th or 110th and fill those mornings with more than just figuring out where to buy Gatorade and bagels.
The Upper West Side Flea Market: Just an avenue over from Broadway, the flea market at 77th and Columbus gets going early Sunday mornings. Sure, Morningside Heights is getting an Urban Outfitters, but this place has the real deal: vintage dresses, jewelry, and doodads perfect for giving those cinderblocks in Carman a little city flair.
Columbus Circle Whole Foods Food Court: Your hometown probably has a Whole Foods, but it’s nothing like this one. The Whole Foods down below Columbus Circle’s Time Warner Building is the Whole Foods. Its carry-out food section is vast, with superb Indian, sandwiches, and pizza priced by the pound in some cases and by item in others. Fill up your biodegradable box with chicken vindaloo and hike back to school or enjoy it in nearby Central Park.
Museum of Arts and Design: The museum opened in its snappy new 2 Columbus Circle building in 2008 and has been an underdog among the city’s uber-museums ever since. Dedicated to the art of design, the museum focuses on handmade objects such as furniture and jewelry. This week, the museum has exhibits on silver jewelry and art made of organic materials (like this, made entirely from horsehair).
Pier 1 Café: One of a few eateries right on the Hudson River, Pier 1 Café is an easy walk from the 1 stop at 72nd Street and Broadway. Located on a pier on 70th Street, the café offers killer views of sunsets over the river. Stop by late evening, order from the window (which serves solid basics such as burgers and grilled salmon), and perch at one of the surprisingly available picnic tables. The food is cheap, especially given the view. It’s easy to get in and out for less than 15 bucks.
Prospect Park: It’s not technically along the 1, but Brooklyn’s answer to Central Park is an easy walk from the 2 and 3 at Grand Army Plaza (transfer is available from the 1 to the 2 and 3 at 96th Street). Picnic or stroll and be the first of your NSOP group to make it to another borough.
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