It’s Time to go Back to School

Shopping for School?

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Now is the time to shop for all of your back to school supplies, almost every store has a sale going on. If you need the basics like notebooks and pens then check out your local drugstore. If you’re unsure what supplies are needed, you can always contact the teacher and see what they recommend.

Going away to college? Bed Bath & Beyond created handy checklists to make sure you get the essentials for going away, whether you’ll be staying in a dorm or an apartment, which you can download here. (You can check out Bed, Bath & Beyond at 620 6th Avenue or online.)

If you need to get textbooks you should buy them as soon as possible to make sure you get good prices. If you’re buying them online, you want to make sure you get them in time for class. Check out your local bookstores like  for used books if you need to save money. One great local bookstore to checkout is Shakespeare & Co. Booksellers at 137 East 23rd Street where they sell and rent textbooks. Also check out websites like CampusBookRentals or CampusBooks.

Always remember to ask about student specials. Many places offer a discount for students with an id. Check out Campus Clipper for some great student offers.

Need Help Studying?

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Confide in our friends over at BeeTutored. Bee Tutored is a boutique tutoring service comprised of a select group of certified teachers. Their highly qualified tutors provide individualized instruction from the kindergarten level through high school. If you want more info they can be contacted at (917)482-4880 or

Download Studious. Studious is an electronic planner. Keep track and get reminders of when homework and tests are due. If you input the times of your classes the app will automatically silence your phone for you. Studious is available for Android (Free).

After School Activities

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Going back to school can always be a stressful time. Take some time out from the day to relax and collect your thoughts. Working out is a great way to relieve some stress but sometimes there isn’t the time to head to the gym or go out for a run. Luckily, there’s an app for that! Sworkit is free app where you choose the length of your workout and what type of workout you’d like and you receive a custom workout based on what you picked. You can choose from 5 minutes to an hour and choose workouts like cardio or yoga. Sworkit is available for Android and Apple.

It’s always good to get out and have some fun too!

  • On Mondays, visit the Museum at the Fashion Institute of Technology for free.
  • On Tuesdays, check out the High Line for free guided walking tours and stargazing.  Tuesday Tours are from 6:30PM to 7:30PM and are meant to offer an insider’s perspective on the High Line’s history, design, and landscape. The tours meet on the High Line’s 14th Street Passage at West 14th Street. Stargazing takes places from 7:30PM to 9:30PM between Little West 12th and West 14th Streets.
  • On Wednesdays, enjoy free admission to the New York Botanical Garden or visit the Bronx Zoo for suggested donation day.
  • On Thursdays, visit the Museum of Arts and Design from 6PM to 9PM for pay-what-you-wish admission.
  • On Fridays, visit the Museum of Modern Art for free from 4PM to 8PM. Also check out the Rubin Museum for free from 6PM to 9PM where you can enjoy a live DJ, happy hour, live music, or films.

The younger ones can enjoy the Y Afterschool at PS41. The McBurney Y provides students with the opportunity to choose from specialized classes to nurture the student’s spirit, mind and body. For information contact Pam Navarro at (212)912-2309. The McBurney YMCA also offers a variety a programs and activities for the whole family which you can check out on their site.


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