Summer @ Swat: New York

If you are one of the many students who have elected to stay on campus for the summer doing research, working at the arboretum, working with Admissions, or involved with one of the other wonderful opportunities available at Swat during the summer, you might have found yourself with a lot of free time on the weekends. If you hop on the train for about 2.5 hours, you’ll find endless possibilities in New York.

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I had the opportunity to meet up with my mom for a weekend in New York this summer, and it was absolutely amazing! If you’re anything like me, food is very important. Not only was the food in New York incredible (and not something I had to cook), but it was everywhere! On every street and corner there were food trucks or vendors. I had some of the most delicious tacos from a food truck on Broadway on the way to see the musical Beautiful. For those of you that don’t know, Beautiful is a musical about the life of Carole King, and it was very appropriately named.


I recognize that some people might not be into the whole musical or Broadway scene, there are tons of different things to do. You can go very touristy and visit the Empire State Building or (way cooler in my opinion) Madame Tussauds New York (which just opened). So if you have any interest in taking pictures with over 200 famous wax figures like Angelina Jolie, Marilyn Monroe, George Washington, or Einstein, now is your chance!

If you’re too cool for the tourist gig, you don’t have to worry – it’s New York: there are things for everyone everywhere. Simply walking down the street equals a great time filled with food and street performers.

Here’s a picture of my mom unhappily participating in a street performance

If you’re still not convinced a quick trip into the city isn’t with the train ride, Madison Square Garden has some fabulous concerts and shows throughout the summer and into the fall, including Imagine Dragons, Billy Joel, Kevin Hart, Maroon 5, and tons more performances (you can find a list of shows and dates on

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