Fordham Is My School: Live from GSE at Westchester

Live from GSE, our Student Ambassadors are pleased to present the third and final installment in our “Fordham is My School” series. Matt, Ali and Jen provide information about Fordham’s three New York area campuses, including fun places to see and things to do for students.

Matt, Ali and Jen on Westchester Campus:
Many Lincoln Center-based GSE students don’t realize that Fordham has a campus in Westchester. However, once I visited, I found myself wishing one of my fall classes would be held at Westchester!

On Campus:
The West Harrison outpost is ideal for commuters and suburban students, since it is easily accessible from Interstate 287, Interstate 684, and the Hutchinson River Parkway. It’s a short car or bus ride from the White Plains and Port Chester Metro-North Lines. Click here for maps and directions.

The campus has everything students need for academic success- and then some. WiFi access is available throughout the building, making it easy for students to check e-mail or complete assignments anywhere on campus. A fully-staffed library offers student access to journals, electronic databases and an extensive book collection. A cafeteria, bookstore and ATM are also on the premise. Click here to access the Westchester Handbook for more information.
Shopping:
There’s plenty to keep you busy in Westchester when you’re not attending class or studying in the library. The campus is close to The Westchester, on Westchester Avenue, an upscale shopping center that’s home to stores like Gap, Apple, Nordstrom, Nike and Sephora. Some stores, including J. Crew, Apple and Ann Taylor offer discounts to shoppers with Fordham student ID. The Galleria at White Plains on Main Street is another alternative for shoppers. H&M, Macy’s, Old Navy, PacSun and Radio Shack, among other stores, are located there. The Empire State Flea Market, where vendors offer a huge selection of items from comics to luggage, is in Port Chester about 15 minutes from campus.

Entertainment:
Don’t think the only thing to do in Westchester is shop. Rye Playland

offers lots of fun ways to spend a day, with its arcade, casino and ice casino. It’s a great destination for a group of friends. Playland has classic rides like the log flume, plus others like Dragon Coaster, with 3,400 feet of track and a 128-foot plunge. A season pass costs $80 and a day of unlimited rides is $30. Westchester residents are eligible for discounted rates. There’s also plenty of natural beauty to explore in Westchester. The greenhouse at The Greenburgh Nature Center in Scarsdale offers a vast collection of plants from around the world, as well as butterfly and bird gardens.

Westchester students don’t need to make a trip to New York City to enjoy the arts. There are plenty of galleries and museums as well as places for live entertainment. The White Plains Performing Arts Center in downtown White Plains has produced some Broadway classics in the past, like Man of La Mancha, Oliver! and Ragtime. The center relies heavily on volunteers so if you have a passion for the arts and some spare time, consider giving some of your energy.
Restaurants:
If it’s great food you are looking for, then Fordham Westchester is perfectly located. At Fordham’s Westchester Campus, students have access six days per week to hot and cold food and beverages at the ground level Common Ground Cafe, and everyday access to modern food and beverage vending machines. A spacious student lounge area is available for dining.
Hours of Operation:
Mondays 12 p.m.-6 p.m.
Tuesdays-Thursdays 8 a.m.-6 p.m.
Friday 9a.m.-1 p.m.
Saturdays 8 a.m.- 3 p.m.
**The Common Ground Cafe is closed during the summer months from mid-May to the end of August.
If you feel like getting off campus, Fordham is surrounded by a variety of restaurant’s and types of food. Check out 20 Great Meals Under $20 and the Westchester Restaurant Guide in Westchester Magazine online for more information.

Nightlife:
If you find yourself wanting to celebrate the completion of a long paper or a hard exam with classmates, or just feel like relaxing after a long day of work and class, there are a few hotspots around Fordham’s Westchester campus that cater to a graduate student social scene.

Located on Mamaroneck Avenue, close to Fordham’s campus, you will find Lazy Boy Saloon and Ale House. Known for their international and endless variety of beer, it is the perfect spot to stop off for a cold brew after class with friends. In fact, it is suggested that you visit many times, in order to sample every brand of beer in the extensive collection. To find out more information about this comfortable location, visit the website: http://www.lazyboysaloon.com/.

For a classier celebration, the nightlife hotspot of Haiku is the place to go. A mix of Asian cuisine and cultures, Haiku offers Japanese, Chinese, Thai, and other dishes in a lounge type atmosphere. Additionally, the bistro offers hang rolled sushi as late as 2am on weekends with a happy hour that lasts from 4 to 8 pm. Haiku is also located on Mamaronneck Ave. in White Plains, which makes it a great meeting spot for Fordham GSE students. To learn more about Haiku, visit the website: http://www.haikuasianbistro.com/.

If you’re looking for live entertainment and dancing to help forget about class for awhile, then Vintage Bar and Restaurant is the place for you. Most Friday and Saturday nights feature a live band or singer, and many special events are also held throughout the week. Every Wednesday night you can spice things up with friends and classmates, because Vintage offers a salsa dancing class for $10! It’s a great place for night time entertainment. To learn more about Vintage, visit the website: http://www.vintagebar.net/index.html

If you feel you need a break from Lincoln Center, or just want to get out of New York City for awhile, Fordham’s Westchester campus has plenty to offer. As you can see from this post, there are many hotspots to check out around campus. So, even if you do not have classes in Westchester, we hope you check out Fordham’s University’s newest campus for all it has to offer!
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