Graduate Admissions Blog

Category: New York City


Springtime in the Bronx

Spring feels like freedom. Once spring is done with the dreary, watery days of April and the sun emerges (most days) in May – I love it. My students do too. The warmer weather, soothing breezes and infinite blue skies re-energize us with a luminous optimism veiled in mirth. Although the city never sleeps, it […]


Winter in NYC

Although winter seems like it’s left us early this year, there are some of us who actually long for the season. Despite the bitter cold some of us (me!) try desperately to escape – winter truly plays an integral part in the idyllic New York City experience. When I’m bundled up to my eyes, whether […]


Beating the Stress: Places to Chill in NYC

This time of year is insane for many of us. The semester comes to a close and the winter holidays come barreling through with both the scent of panic and freshly baked cookies in the air. Before the winter break, it seems like everyone stresses over tying up loose ends. That renders this particular time of […]

Graduate Student Life

My Move to New York City

I was extremely thrilled and overjoyed when I received my acceptance letter from Bank Street. However, with each new person I shared my good news with, that excitement was replaced with something else: reality. The first thing out of everyone’s mouth after “congratulations!” was, “So where are you going to live?” I lived in Maryland […]


Learning by doing: Out of Classroom Learning Resources

I am a proponent of learning that is stimulated by the desire to explore, wonder, and question, and how this type of learning can transcend from the classroom to other settings. As educator and philosopher John Dewey says, “Education is not preparation for life; education is life itself.” In keeping with his theory, I have […]


New York City in the Winter

New York has so much to offer all year round and wintertime brings its own unique set of experiences thanks to all of the holiday cheer. However, when the temperature drops and the list of final assignments grows, it is easy to want to stay indoors buried under the covers (and books). Pause the Netflix […]


Holidays off the Beaten Path

New York City is an exciting place around the holidays. There are lots of festive things to do from the tree at Rockefeller Center to the window displays at Macy’s. I would like to share with you some unique holiday things to do around the city with a graduate student budget in mind. The Holiday Train Show […]


The Tourist in Me

Lots of us have moved to NYC to attend Bank Street. In those exciting first few days, with boxes still taped together, Ikea furniture not yet broken, no salt or pepper or cereal yet, there’s a few inevitabilities. You’ll go and get lost in the non-gridded streets of the West Village, or have to ask […]

Activities For The Classroom

Center for Architecture Foundation Field Trip

On Thursday, my cooperating teacher and I took 27 second graders to the Center for Architecture Foundation. The trip ties in to a larger unit of study on how buildings work. The AIA New York Chapter was a wonderful experience for our second graders. The architect workshop leader for the day, Tim, was engaging and positive. […]


Navigating the Subways

The subway. For some, a disorienting and stressful experience, where uptown and downtown feels like luck of the draw. For others, an efficient, enjoyable, and history-rich marvel of urban engineering. For most of us though, there are 3 to 4 stops we are familiar with and we know just where to stand on the platform […]