A new semester is in full swing at NYU. I live a few blocks from campus (i.e. Washington Square Park, clusters of buildings, ginormous library) and walk by all the time. But the beginning of September is always special. You can totally feel a renewed vibe of possibility in the air. Parents snapping photos of their kids in front of the fountain. Everyone lugging stuff to their dorms in big Kmart bags. People with new backpacks and sneakers clutching maps of the Village. Freshmen giggling in huddles of nervous excitement. There’s nothing like starting your first year of college, finally getting a chance to be who you’ve always wanted.

If their college experience turns out to be anything like mine, soon that shiny new feeling will be replaced by insane class demands, even crazier roommates, and feeling left out because you have to work when everyone else is lounging on the lawn, making friends. Which can put a girl in a need of a treat. No worries! The Cake & Shake cart is here to help.

Cake & Shake

Cake & Shake has a new cupcake and milkshake cart parked on campus. I love them because all of their packaging is 100% biodegradable (cupcakes come in paper liners) and the cart runs on green energy. This is just one of the billion things I love about New York. Such creative people come here to turn their dreams into reality you can’t even believe it. There seems to be a service for every possible thing a person could want, right down to an astonishing array of food carts. There’s even a cart that only has waffles. Only waffles! Just as New Yorkers appreciate how misfits can come here and fit right in, we appreciate variety of all kinds.

In other news of new things, I have some links to share with you:

If you’re doing something cool over the long weekend, please have some extra fun for me. I’ll be working and keeping my hair out of any Hurricane Earl-related downpour. Today was Japanese straightening time. Which means that for the next three days, my hair must remain completely dry. True, my hair was worked on for five long hours, but I only have to do this twice a year. The whole rest of the year I just get out of the shower, run a comb through my hair, and I’m done. No product. No blow drying. No hassle. Totally worth it. Or it will be, after hiding out for the next three days…