First, and most importantly, get familiar with the subway system. Although it may seem daunting at first, don't be afraid to travel and explore New York City. You never know what you might see or who you might meet!
Don't be afraid to explore the city with a friend or two.
Visit MOMA (The Museum of Modern Art). It's right near The LIM College Townhouse on East 53rd St. between 5th & 6th Avenues. The exhibits are amazing and in some classes, such as First Year Experience or Research and Analysis, it can be a great conversation topic or starter. After all, we are all fashion students and fashion is a form of art!
Go to the Empire State building and instead of just snapping pictures of the outside, go inside! It's a distinctive New York City landmark that has a viewing platform on the 86th floor.
Be observant of window displays, especially around the holiday season! Some of my favorites are Bergdorf Goodman, Barneys, Henri Bendel and Saks Fifth Avenue. Usually, the decoration inside is as brilliant as the outside. Each year I photograph the windows as inspiration. They're also a great way to prepare for Visual Merchandising classes, which you may have to take in the future.
The beautiful windows of Bergdorf Goodman (Winter 2012)
Sit outside a Madison Avenue bistro or café and people-watch. You'll see an eclectic mix of people and can learn a lot from observing other people's confidence and individuality.
Sitting at a Madison Avenue Bistro and spotting Liz Hurley!
Even if you have to be a dresser or runner, it's certainly a fantastic start! Places fill up quickly, so keep checking Symplicity and your LIM College email to see if any opportunities arise. And make sure that you sign up early and reserve your spot. You will learn so much from just a few hours of volunteering. Plus, it's a great resume-booster! Who doesn't want to be a part of New York Fashion Week?
In the summer, Central Park is breathtaking. There is even a zoo to walk around, amusement park rides for kids, and bicycles available to rent. If none of those appeal to you, go for a run in the daytime. It gets endorphins flowing, releases stress, and is great exercise!
If you walk a few blocks down from LIM College's Fifth Avenue building (on East 45th St. and 5th Avenue), you will come to the New York Public Library. It's a great place to concentrate and study.