by Achala Ganesan
One of the great things about LIM College is that we can truly call Manhattan our campus! As a busy graduate student, I often have work to get to, errands to run in the city, or people to meet. And instead of going back home in between, it makes more sense for me to stick around and explore the city a bit. I’ve discovered some of my favorite hangouts and haunts in Midtown Manhattan because of this and I’d love to share!
1. Best Quick Meal : Bento Sushi (635 Third Ave)
I think I discovered this my first week here. I’m a sushi addict (I have a loyalty card!), so finding a place so close to class was a bonus for me. It’s so easy to eat unhealthy or have to buy overly expensive healthy food in the city, but this place is pretty decently priced. The staff are really friendly and there is seating near the window if you want to people watch while you eat!
2. Best spot to have a quiet read: Greenacre Park (217 E. 51st St.)
This is probably one of midtown’s best kept secrets. This tiny park nestled among the buildings is the perfect reading spot. It has a three-level garden with a stunning waterfall at the far end. It’s really close to the Maxwell Hall location, so you can take your lunch or coffee there before class. Photography isn’t allowed, so no #waterfallselfies!
3. Best lunch spot: Bryant Park (42nd St. between Fifth and Sixth Avenues)
During the summer, and especially during orientation, it’s safe to say I was here almost every day. The atmosphere is just amazing, there are so many people, but you still feel like you can relax and find a peaceful spot. You have a view of the Chrysler Building, the Empire State Building and the New York Public Library as well! There’s a reading area that lets you borrow material and sit around and read if you don’t have your own book. It also has a great waffle place that does delectable desserts!
4. Best place to get away from it all: Central Park (E. 59th St. and Fifth Avenue onwards)
I’m around Fifth and 53rd a lot because of work, and I often have an hour to kill before I have to head to class. Now that the weather is getting colder and the leaves are changing, Central Park is the most beautiful place to be. I love taking a book and strolling by the duck pond and just sitting on one of the benches. It’s like a fairytale! And although you will still have some tourists, it’s a lot less populated than some of the lawns.