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Some reading to start your weekend…

Enjoy your Labor Day/four-day work week? The holiday is a good reminder of what Americans haven’t mastered: taking time off. [via Huff Post]

From Time, a look at a new American Dream: moving away from the suburbs.

Just in time for back-to-school: colleges made for Instagram. Hint: my alma mater makes the list. [via Buzzfeed]

More good information for students: those highly-recommended study methods may not be so effective after all. [via The Washington Post]

Two must-reads from the Poynter Institute on women and journalism: first, The New York Times is lacking when it comes to using female sources in news stories, while two journalists founded a magazine to highlight longform journalism produced by women.

From The Frisky, just a friendly reminder that those before/after fitness pictures you see on Pinterest aren’t exactly the real deal.

I’m sure you’re over the whole Miley Cyrus-VMA debacle, but Kate from Life Sucks In A Strapless Bra has a great post on why MTV needs to step it up.

Any good reads I should catch up on?

~ Sarah

P.S. I had a great time meeting some fellow Philly bloggers at the Philly Blog Love happy hour this week! Check some of the fab bloggers: Trend Hungry | Streets & Stripes | Her Philly | Shen Dove Style | Jessica Lawlor: Get Gutsy


It’s official. As of today at noon, I am done with college exams. No more college classes. I’m not quite a college graduate yet (that happens on Saturday!), but the academic chapter has closed.

Classes ended the first week of May and since then life has been a balance of writing final papers and thank you cards and soaking up what I can while I’m still a (temporary) New Yorker.

And of course, there’s no better way to capture that than through Instagram:

Grand Central after a day in Queens

A Fordham organization brought puppies to campus! Meet Heidi!

My last class ever got out an hour early…which means Happy Hour

We celebrated Nancy’s birthday at the Boat Basin

The food in Harlem though…

View of the GWB in Hudson Heights

Finals Week Flowers (courtesy of some campus event)

Arthur Ave. Forever

Posting may be sparse this week, but I’m sure I’ll have lots to share next week.

~ Sarah

Scenes from a City Weekend

I spent a great (and exhausting) weekend wandering around New York and exploring a few new-to-me neighborhoods. On Friday, I explored the Bronx a bit (Norwood, above) while on assignment and ventured all the way to Queens to see my dear friend Christine.

Saturday, I slept in unreasonably late, then headed to Midtown. I spent the late afternoon and evening catching up with friends who are living in the area for the summer, before booking to Grand Central and catching the Metro-North back to school.

On Sunday, I went to see the children’s show The TRUF is producing (playing until July 14!). Between shows, I got some fresh air and walked around Tribeca a bit. I also saw the construction of the Freedom Tower at the World Trade Center site. It honestly looked stunning in the late afternoon sunlight.

 Oh, and I also drank lots of sugary soda, even though I know better. Old habits and whatnot.

How was everyone else’s weekend?

~ Sarah