As a 20-year-old junior at The Ohio State University, an internship in New York City is both exciting and incredibly daunting. From taking the subway and trying to see everything New York has to offer, to working for a company like Martha Stewart Living Omnimedia, the experience can be initially overwhelming. Moving to a city with over eight million people, to work for an icon like Martha Stewart can take some getting used to. However, once you develop a routine, New York doesn't seem quite so large.
As interns for Martha Stewart Living Radio, Sierra Ferrier, a fellow junior at Elon University and I have teamed up and each week will be sharing our experiences navigating New York City, while working for Martha Stewart’s radio channel. Offering you a peak at a day in the life of a Martha Stewart Living Radio intern, we’ll be sharing our thoughts and findings on great events and delicious meals around New York City.
For our assignment, we decided to check out Bryant Park for the annual HBO Bryant Park Summer Film Festival. In 1992, the Bryant Park Restoration Corporation decided to restore the symbolic New York City park in the middle of midtown Manhattan. During this revitalization, summers in Bryant Park became the host to various events and festivals including the Monday night Bryant Park Summer Film Festival, which is now celebrating its 20th anniversary.
The movie doesn't start until 9 p.m., however getting there before 5 p.m. is essential. The ‘race to the Lawn’ has become a huge part of the movie-watching tradition, with tons of moviegoers lining up around the park as early as 4:30 p.m. to take part in a dash for the perfect spot. The event has become an evening long activity with participants lounging on their blankets enjoying dinner, books, and friends to pass the time. Right before the movie starts, they show a classic Warner Brothers cartoon, and then the "HBO Shuffle" happens. The "HBO Shuffle" occurs during the 60 seconds when the "presented by HBO reel" plays and the entire park breaks out into dance for the duration of the reel.
The film festival is a great way to spend a Monday night in New York City and feel like a true "New Yorker." As soon as you get there, unwind, eat, and have some fun. Once the movie starts, sit back, relax, and enjoy the show! Here are our tips for getting the most out of a movie in Bryant Park:
- Get there by 4:30 p.m. to experience "The Race to the Lawn."
- Bring food and a blanket! (you are there for over four hours before the movie starts)
- If you have a big group of people, make sure to save enough space - it gets crowded very quickly!
- Stand up and dance with everyone during the "HBO Shuffle."