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You & Me in NYC: Summer Fun in New York City

July 21, 2011

Leen Zada

This spring, Washington, D.C. native Leen Zada won free summer housing in New York City in EHS’s You & Me in NYC promotion with, and she now interns for the nonprofit Participatory Culture Foundation. Today she talks about some of of the people and sights she’s seen lately during her time off.

By Leen Zada

Did I already mention that I’m in love with this city? Because I truly am — and I can’t get enough of it. I love the fact that there is always something going on. You have to choose which event to go to, because there are multiple things going on at the same time that interest you. New York is filled with ambitious people on their grind.

This past week I went to one of the NY Creative Interns events, a meetup at Foodparc at Eventi.  The place was packed with interns, and I met some cool people.

I also saw Catch Me if You Can at the Neil Simon Theater which was amazing! It was just like the movie, which is one of my favorite movies, and the cast was extremely talented. I really enjoyed watching the show, Norbert Leo Butz and Aaron Tveit’s performances were spectacular, to say the least.

Foodparc at Eventi

Leen and Iva took the East River Ferry to Governors Island last weekend.

I got dinner with a friend at Grimaldi’s Pizzeria in Brooklyn, which is notoriously known to have the best pizza in NY.  We got pepperoni, and I must say it was delicious!  I’m glad Grimaldi’s is only a 10 minute walk from my place. I’ll definitely be going back a few more times before I leave.

My good friend Iva came to visit for the weekend, so of course I took her out. Both Friday and Saturday nights we went out with my friends from EHS and my friends from D.C. who had just moved to New York, and we had a great time.

On Saturday, Iva and I went to Governors Island — we took the East River Ferry. Governors Island was fun, filled with families and kids running around, people sat all around the grassy island eating and doing different activities. There was a band playing, and multiple tents for different organizations and causes.

Leen Zada

Leen shows her friend Iva around town.

On Sunday we had breakfast in the financial district, then went to check out Bodies: The Exhibition, which we were both excited about. The exhibition was so interesting and informative. Of course, taking pictures was prohibited, so I have none, but what I saw in there will definitely be stuck in my head for a while – it was so cool and is most definitely a must-see — I strongly recommend it for everyone.

After Iva left, I did some much needed grocery shopping and relaxed for the rest of the day.  I also went to Eastern Athletic (the gym next door) to swim. Swimming is my way of getting my stress out and relaxing; I absolutely love being underwater.  The gym is pretty nice and big — and we get a free membership through EHS.

I feel like I’m always ending my posts the same way, but time is really flying and I don’t want to think about how little time I have left here. I can now check off a few things off of my to-do-list, but I’ve got plenty more things to do and I’m not leaving until I do all of them. Stay tuned for my next post about this awesome summer here in NYC!

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Marny Smith July 22, 2011 at 5:15 am

Thank you so much for coming to our Casual Meetup at FoodParc. Hope you didn't get caught in the monsoon!

Marny Smith
Community Manager, NY Creative Interns


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