We are all very familiar with the many activities there are to do around the Rose Hill campus. Whether it is admiring the beautiful scenery in the Botanical Gardens, satisfying our taste buds with the delicious Italian cuisine on Arthur Avenue, or paying a visit to the Bronx Zoo, (unless you go on Wednesdays, because it’s free), there is a lot to do.
However, as Fordham students, we need to take advantage of living near one of the most vibrant cities in the world. New York City is a cultural melting pot full of endless opportunities and entertainment, and a place many desire to live in. Being only one train ride/Ram Van ride away, there is no excuse for not experiencing the numerous activities offered. I’ve assembled a list of the top 5 things I think Fordham students should try and do before they graduate.
Ride “The Cyclone” at Coney Island – Coney Island is a neighborhood in Brooklyn well known for having an amusement area. With over 50 rides and attractions, Coney Island is bound to have one for you. For the more adventurous park-goers, Coney Island hosts one of the most famous rollercoasters in the world, “The Cyclone.” Built in 1927, the cyclone is a wooden rollercoaster that features an 85-foot drop and reaches a top speed of 60mph. If amusement rides are not your thing, you could always enjoy a relaxing day at the beach and explore the boardwalk at Coney Island.
Ice skate at Bryant Park – Bryant Park is a public park located in Manhattan on 42nd street. The park’s small and relaxing environment makes it much less intimidating than Central Park. Sometimes a change of scenery is necessary, and there’s no better place to visit than Bryant Park. You can dedicate a day of work here as it is home to the New York Public Library. You can practice your golf swing at the 5-hole putting green, compete in the one of the daily Ping-Pong tournaments, or ice skate in the winter at the park’s skating complex. All of these activities are free of charge as well!
See a Broadway Play – Broadway Theatre, or simply “Broadway” is the home to some of the greatest theatrical performances. Broadway represents arguably the highest level of theatre in the English-speaking world. Some of the most renowned actors and actresses, such as Scarlett Johansson, Al Pacino, and Fordham’s own, Denzel Washington, have all participated in Broadway shows. Whether you want to see a rendition of the classic, “Phantom of the Opera”, or relive your childhood with the classic “The Lion King,” there are a wide variety of plays to suit everyone’s individual tastes.
Attend a Professional Sporting Event – New York is home to some of the most well known sporting franchises in the country. If you enjoy sports, attending a game is a must. You can catch a Yankees game at Yankee Stadium, which is only a 10-minute train ride away on the D. For basketball or hockey fans, the historic Madison Square Garden arena is home to the New York Knicks and the New York Rangers. Also, Flushing Meadows, Queens National Tennis Center every year hosts the U.S. Open.
Go to One of The Famous NYC Parades – New York is home to some of the most famous parades in the country. The Macy’s Thanksgiving Parade and the St. Patrick’s Day Parade are held annually and televised nationally. In order to get a good spot you will need to wake up very early, but it is worth cutting short a few hours of sleep for the parade. The rowdy crowds and loud sounds of music will be enough to wake you up. If you want to be in a parade, you can go to Greenwich Village on Halloween and celebrate with thousands dressed up in their favorite Halloween costumes!