Skip That Happy Hour – 5 NYC Bucket List Items You Should Consider Instead (Featured on Browngirlmagazine.com)

When you become part of the NYC labor force you’re usual stress relief may include grabbing happy hour drinks or even dinner with a few co-workers. Well, I’m here to tell you to occasionally skip out on that booze and treat yourself to much more of what the city has to offer.

Attend a Talk Show. Yes, There are Free Giveaways.
There are a plethora of talk shows in the city you can get tickets for online. In a matter of couple weeks I scored tickets to the Wendy Williams Show, The Chew, Rachel Ray, and the View! To my surprise when I was standing in line for the Rachel Ray Show a woman stated she waited months to secure a seat. My hint is avoid going on the the actual websites of the shows to enter their ticket lotteries. Instead try alternative sites such as http://1iota.com/. You may still have to wait a while, but from past experience I have found this site more successful than the actual websites of the shows!

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Visit Art Galleries That Aren’t Mainstream
One day I was scrolling through my Instagram feed and noticed a beautiful piece held in the Asia Society on 725 Park Ave. I’ve always loved the use of light and reflections in art pieces so it was no coincidence that Intersections by Anila Quayyum Agha appealed to me. I quickly made a plan with my best friend, and within a week we found ourselves exploring the Asia Society. Besides the marvelous piece pictured below, the Asia society also boasts art collections created from several mediums including film. Agha’s piece, “Intersections” show below was part of the Lucid Dreams and Distant Visions Exhibition that explored themes including gender and migration in the South Asian diaspora.

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Use Your Corporate Discount to Get a Taste of History. 
Most companies located in NYC offer an wide array of employee discounts. One day on my downtime my curiosity led me to discover discounts to several NYC museums and historical sites I have never heard of. I decided I would utilize my employee discount to visit the Morgan Library and Museum situated on 225 Madison Ave, and beat the line of those waiting for admission into the museum. If you claim to be a book nerd or devotee of literature, I highly doubt you can ever reach the level of John Pierpoint Morgan (J.P. Morgan). In 1920, John Pierpoint Jr. donated his father’s library to the public and it contains hundreds of his rare books and manuscripts he collected.

A surprise however is that not only is the museum aesthetically pleasing with its Italian Renaissance style but it also contains other literary exhibits. When I went to visit the museum I was able to view an exhibit detailing the life of poet Emily Dickinson as well. It was neat to see handwritten letters of an author I read about in school in real life. Feel free to check out http://www.themorgan.org/ for more information.

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Miss The Feeling of Back to School Shopping? Try This Artsy Stationary Store.
When I was a child there was always a sense of excitement relating to back to school shopping. I couldn’t wait to stock up on fresh college ruled paper, different color ball point pens, and decorate my binders. However now that it’s been more than a year out of college I only accompany my little cousins on their back to school shopping trips. It was one of these bonding sessions with my little cousin that allowed me to discover CW Pencil Enterprises located on 100 Forsyth Street. Walking into the store, I was appalled by the diversity of pencils the store was selling. There were pencils with polka dot grips, Japanese good luck pencils, sketch pencils, and dozens of others. It was like walking into a Sephora but that selling only stationary. Can you say dream come true?

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Eat that Cookie Dough You Were Never Allowed to Eat
Lastly, let’s be real there are no shortage of places in NYC to satisfy that sweet-tooth. Why not skip out on a set of shots and customize a delicious bowl of cookie dough. One of my friends introduced me to DŌ, Cookie Dough Confections located on 550 Laguardia Place, and it was an intelligent decision on her end. I grew up baking chocolate chip cookies and brownies always tempted to taste the batter despite its unhealthy implications. However, DŌ, Cookie Dough Confections makes it okay to devour delicious cookie dough and cater to your taste buds with an assortment of toppings. From selections such as Gimme S’More to Chocolate Dream, there is little room for any disappointment.

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