Local Atmosphere

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4 College Junior

Local Atmosphere: I love living in Manhattan. It is fun, lively and exciting.

5 Recent Alumnus

Local Atmosphere: FIT is located in the fashion district of NYC - there is always something to do!!

5 College Sophomore

Local Atmosphere: 99% of the students that come here are totally willing and ready to live in NYC. For most of us it's a dream. Personally, I love it here. I love taking the subway, the fast pace of the city, the buildings, parks, everything. The only people that bring it down are the girls who see pictures of NYC on tumblr or something and have some pipe dream of falling in love on the A train and think that walking around taking pictures of everything is going to earn you brownie points.

5 Recent Alumnus

Local Atmosphere: NYC! need I say more?

5 College Freshman

Local Atmosphere: The local atmosphere is amazing as we are in the big apple! There is always plenty to go do or see.


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Kristen Babson
Charlotte, NC
Fashion Merchandising Management
Grad Year
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FIT is located in Chelsea, one of Manhattan’s most fashionable and trendy neighborhoods. The campus is just blocks away from the Garment District, providing a number of opportunities for FIT students.

People can have different experiences in New York City—it's just what you make of it. The environment can be overwhelming for students, as the atmosphere takes a lot of getting used to. There are millions of people who shuffle back and forth to work during the week, thousands of tourists taking pictures, and a large amount of homeless people sleeping on the sidewalk and begging for food and money. New York City is also a huge set for movies and television shows, and it has a lot of history, too. It would be an understatement to say that New York City has something to offer everyone.

Facts & Statistics

Fun Local Trivia
  1. An average of 4.9 million people ride the New York City subway each weekday.
  2. More than 250 feature films are shot on location in New York City each year.
Notable Natives
  • 50 Cent - rapper, entrepreneur, actor
  • Woody Allen - film director
  • Matthew Broderick - actor
  • Claire Danes - actress
  • Robert De Niro - actor
  • Scarlett Johansson - actress
  • J.D. Salinger - author of "The Catcher in the Rye"
  • Marisa Tomei - actress
  • Joe Torre - baseball player and coach
  • Christopher Walken - actor
Local Slang
  • FIDI: Financial District
  • Hero: An Italian sub
  • MTA: Metropolitan Transit Authority; operates the public transportation within New York City
  • Pie: Referring to a whole pizza
Points of Interest
  • 5th Avenue shops
  • Central Park
  • Chelsea Piers
  • Chinatown
  • Ellis Island
  • Empire State Building
  • Herald Square
  • Madison Square Garden
  • Metropolitan Museum of Art
  • Rockefeller Center
  • Statue of Liberty
  • Times Square
  • Union Square
  • World Trade Center site
Shopping Centers
  • 5th Avenue
  • Herald Square
  • Manhattan Mall
Movie Theaters
AMC Loews 34th Street 14
312 W. 34th St.
New York City
(888) 262-4386
Movie Theaters
Clearview Cinemas
260 W. 23rd St.
(212) 777-3456
Major Sports Teams
  • New York Giants: NFL
  • New York Jets: NFL
  • New York Knicks: NBA
  • New York Liberty: WNBA
  • New York Mets: MLB
  • New York Rangers: NHL
  • New York Yankees: MLB
Distances to Nearest Major Cities
Philadelphia: : 1 hour, 45 minutes
Did You Know?
According to the 2010 Census, 8,175,133 people live in New York City.

Student Polls

Rate the local atmosphere on the following topics    Based on 78 responses

Very poor
  • Cost of living
  • Dining
  • Friendliness of locals toward students
  • Museums/cultural attractions
  • Nightlife
  • Parking
  • Parks and recreation
  • Professional sports
  • Safety
  • Scenery
  • Shopping
  • Transportation

What is the local atmosphere like at your school?    Based on 78 responses

  • 0% Painfully remote.
  • 4% In or near a big city, but there's not much to do off campus.
  • 0% Small town with plenty of charm.
  • 0% Vibrant college town. There's no big city, but there are plenty of things to do off campus.
  • 96% City living at its finest. There's always something fun and interesting going on.

What is the proximity to other universities? Is there much interaction?    Based on 76 responses

  • 4% There aren't any nearby schools.
  • 45% There are nearby schools, but students do NOT interact much.
  • 51% There are nearby schools that students often interact with.

Can you see yourself living here after graduation?    Based on 75 responses

  • 4% No way.
  • 32% Maybe, if I could find a good job.
  • 64% Totally.


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