The Intern’s Guide to NYC

[You got a big, bad internship this summer? Living in a big, bad city? Not a clue what to do? CollegeCandy’s got you covered. We’ve got ladies in all pockets of the U.S.A. and we’re gonna be your private guides to the biggest internship destination cities around: New York, Chicago, D.C. and Los Angeles. If you’re looking for the best place for a deal, the best weekend excursion, or best bars to drink (with a fake), stick with us.]

Welcome to New York City! Whether you’re here to intern, take summer classes, or escape with friends, you are undoubtedly excited to rock your chicest fashions, crank “Empire State of Mind,” and take advantage of everything we have to offer in the greatest city in the world.

The New York Bucket Lists of many out-of-towners often consist of doing things/going to places popularized in the media (i.e. chilling on the steps of the Met, getting into a tussle with Detective Stabler), which are obviously all musts. BUT, if you wanna navigate the city like a native and score some amazing deals, check out this handy guide!

Best Brunch: Regional (98th and Broadway, take the 1, 2, or 3 trains to 96th st). The food is gourmet but at diner prices, unlimited mimosas or bloody Marys from 11-3 on Sat and Sun!
Runner Up: The Sunburnt Calf (79th and Broadway, take the 1 to 79th). Pricier, but every waiter there is hot and Australian!

Best Groceries: Fairway or West Side Market (multiple locations). Whole Foods is shiny, Trader Joes has epic lines (No joke – you gotta wait in line down the block!); save yourself the hassle and extra $ by going to Fairway or West Side.

Best China Wine: Sunny (3rd Ave btw 80th and 81st, take the 6 to 77th St). Everyone goes to Pearl or Silk Road for indulgent Chinese food and all the free wine you can stomach, but Sunny doesn’t card, there’s no 3+ hour wait, and you’ll skip the crowds of rowdy, obnoxious bros. Just drink tons of water to stave off that massive hangover!

Best Cupcakes: Crumbs beats Magnolia’s. Every. Time. Also, the cupcake truck has some tasty treats and it pops up all over the city!

Best Late Night Food: Big Daddy Diner (19th and Park Ave., take the 4, 5 or 6 to Union Square). It’s like your neighborhood greasy spoon on steroids. Whether you’re looking for a so-thick-you-can’t-suck-it-down milkshake, a juicy burger or some walk of shame pancakes (try the Granola Pancakes – to. die. for.), this place has it all.

Best Museum: The Rubin Museum (17th and 7th Ave, take the 1 to 18th St). Totally underrated museum of Buddhist and Tibetan Art, with an amaaaaazing eat-in cafe and gift shop. Sweet student discount of just $2 with valid student ID!

Best Neighborhood for Finding Good Eats: Hell’s Kitchen, specifically 9th Ave between 43rd and 57th. Walk along this stretch. Your mouth will water. Your wallet will thank you.

Best Chance of Bar Hopping Without a Fake: While it would be highly illegal of me to name bars that serve the underage, I can tell you that scoping out events, like Trivia Night, bolster your chances of avoiding the dreaded bouncer.  These events usually start early, around 8 or 9, so bars pull in more customers for the length of the evening. Look for dive-y bars and pubs, especially in collegiate neighborhoods near Columbia or downtown in Murray Hill or St. Marks. Added bonus? It’s a great way to assemble a group of new friends and network with other interns in the city!

Best Events for Free: Another reason we’re the greatest city in the world? Lots of free stuff to do in the summer! Check out Shakespeare in the Park where Al Pacino will be performing The Merchant of Venice this season. The River to River Festival boasts free concerts, dance performances, and exhibitions in locations all over lower Manhattan throughout the summer. And if you’re a film junkie, the awesometastic Rooftop Films series, which showcases underground films on (you guessed it) rooftops throughout the city, occasionally offers free screenings. Schwing!

Best Gym Alternatives (Also for Free): Ever wonder how Tory Burch and Kyra Sedgwick keep in such great shape? They’re fanatics about SoulCycle, a series of spinning studios scattered across greater New York that blend ass-kicking (no, really. I couldn’t walk for two days after my first class) spinning routines with inspirational instructors and a pulsing soundtrack.  Though classes usually run for $30+, the West 72nd location is offering free classes on Fridays at 1pm. And if you’re the outdoorsy type, the Downtown Boathouse offers free kayaking in the Hudson every weekend and holiday from 10am till 5pm through October. (Both locations: 1, 2, or 3 trains to 72nd St)

General Tips: Don’t buy a monthly Metrocard unless you’re using it more than 3 or 4 times a day. ALWAYS check the signs in the station before you swipe, because the MTA is on crack and changes service at the last minute sometimes. Seriously try not to text-and-walk, especially at night, because people do get hit by cars. Always carry your purse over your shoulder, or better yet across your body (rather than in the crook of your arm) because you’ll be less likely to be mugged. If someone comes up to you and asks you what time it is, DO NOT pull out your cellphone to check (this is how a lot of peoples’ cell phones get stolen). Just say you don’t have a watch and move on. (I know these tips sound weird but I know people who’ve been affected by all of them!) Most of all, enjoy every moment in the city, there is so much to do!

Bottom Line: WALK as much as you can! New York is a terrific city to walk, and chances are you’ll encounter your own best-kept secrets on your travels. I’ve lived here for years and I’m still discovering new things to do, so in a few short weeks you might be writing one of these posts on your own!

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