Krystal Walker, Full-time MBA Class of 2014
The combination of having spent the summer away from NYC and not knowing where I’ll be once this MBA experience ends next year, has set me on a mission to make the most of my time in New York. This goal has taken the form of a Stern Bucket List. Items on the Bucket List range from visiting some of NYC’s hotspots to finding out what Dean Henry carries in his backpack. Having returned to the city two weeks before classes start, I attempted to squeeze in some quintessential NY Summer activities before the onslaught of classes and recruiting began. First items on the list were hitting up Long Beach and then biking on Governor’s Island, both of which would include lunches procured at Eataly, the Italian Market in the middle of the Flat Iron district.
Oh how I would love to regale you tales of taking the train from Penn Station to lay out on a decent beach less than a hour away from the city, or tell you about the delicious ice cream I ate while taking a break from my lovely bike ride around Governor’s Island. Alas, I cannot. Due to uncooperative weather and an immoveable Oppy deadline—I never made it to either. To console myself and brainstorm how I would handle the wrath of the Oppy Editor [Said wrath is real, and should be feared -Ed.], I dragged a fellow Sternie to Eataly.
Located on the corner of Madison Square Garden in the Flatiron district, Eataly is a food snob’s dream. The complex offers a variety of Italian food vendors and restaurants all offering you a bite of the good life. I probably could have spent my entire loan disbursement on cured meats and cheeses, but thankfully logic in the form of pending textbook purchases set in and I settled on the Lunch Prix Fixe menu at Manzo Ristorante. For $26, my buddy and I dined on appetizers of carpaccio and baby artichokes, entrees comprised of steak and the most darling fingerling potatoes, and a dessert formed from finely chopped hazelnuts. The word delicious does even not begin to describe this delectable sensory experience.
Hopefully the weather gods cooperate on my next jaunt to cross an item off my Stern Bucket List. If not, you may be reading about that one time I felt like a Mom at a high school dance whilst partying with the MBA1s at 3 Sheets Saloon. Lets call it one of the few downsides of being a Launch Captain. Granted the feeling dissipates as soon as one of the MBA 1s pulls you onto the dance floor to bust a move to Katy Petty, and your fellow Launch Captain hands you a diet coke.
Getting to Long Beach
Go to Penn Station and purchase the beach package for Long Beach.
Total Cost: $21
Includes: one-day round trip rail fare to Long Beach and admission to the beach.
Getting to Governor’s Island
Take the 1 train to South Ferry
Ferries leave from the Battery Maritime Building, on the corner of South and Whitehall Streets. Ferries leave every 60minutes.
Bike Rental: $15 for 2 hours, $25 for all day Rental
Getting to Eataly
Located at 200 5th Ave New York, NY 10010
Budget approximately $35 (tax and tip included) for a great sensory experience
[Under no circumstances does the Stern Opportunity endorse the use of puns in business names. –Ed.]