5 Ways To Be Inspired In New York City

I am constantly looking for inspiration in the city. Some days, the little things that make our life go round inspire me. Others days, I need a little more than the regular everyday things.

The Neighbors

Pawel Althemer’s The Neighbors exhibit at the New Museum has given me the inspiration to do exactly what I love to do. The Neighbors exhibit was created with the idea that all artists are everyday men and that anyone can create a work of art, all we have to do is dig deeper. In fact, the third floor is dedicated to the audience. Anyone can come in and incorporate his or her own piece of art to the exhibit. I drew an orange sun in the middle of the floor because I was feeling bright that day. When I spoke to Pawel, he explained to me that he himself is still a student. He says his mentor taught him that we are all students; the primary difference between us is experience but we are all learning while we teach and practice our art. The exhibit is open until April 13th and on that day, the third floor will be broken down and pieces of the artwork will be given to the people, by the people. 

Off Broadway Shows

Off Broadway shows are not only easy on your pockets, but they are rich with galvanization. “The Year I Was Gifted” by Monica Bauer at the Stage Left studio is a play about finding your way and your place in the world. The writing is funny and filled with rich style and relatable characters. This one-woman-show is well executed and well developed with references to great literature. I was inspired to read a few classics and most of all, to find my tribe in this world. I totally recommend this show to all people looking to find their way through this thing we call life. The show is running every Friday now through April 2nd – its the perfect Friday night activity.

The Women of Social Justice 

The women of the Xi Alpha Chapter of Theta Nu Xi Multicultural Sorority Inc. have been celebrating woman’s history month by raising awareness and inspiring our communities to advocate for women’s rights. The International Woman’s Day Rally held on March 8th brought together women from all over NYC to STAND UP for ALL Women and women’s equality. The Xi Alpha Chapter will bring the month to a close with a panel discussion on Thursday March 27th at Columbia University’s Barnard College.  Join this panel of inspirational women conversing about Women’s Empowerment: A Celebration of Strength and Struggle. Feel free to RSVP with Habiba Braimah at h.braimah@yahoo.com.


I have been converted to a Yogi. Yoga to the People is dedicated to bringing Yoga to all of us with multiple studios around the city at ridiculously affordable prices ($5 a class, anyone?) The staff is super friendly and welcoming, too. Inspire yourself through the fire sequence. The challenge of each pose – to try and fail and try again – can only prove to you how strong and determined you truly are. I’ve been pushing myself 2 to 3 times per week and I’ve learned good and bad things about myself. Most importantly, I’ve realized that there is no real inspiration other than the one that lies in me.

It’s OK To Talk To Strangers

NYC is home to diverse, interesting, and unique people. You may be sitting next to the city’s best underground designer and you don’t even know it. I challenge you to have a conversation with a complete stranger. A simple smile and an act of kindness can brighten up that person’s day, including yours as well. You may come across a few people who think you’re weird but that’s OK, keep trying until you find some new inspiration!

What has inspired you this week?


By: Denise Pina




  • ben says:

    I think yoga will inspire me :)

  • It’s so funny to read this because I was a strict city girl who married a boy who wanted to raise cattle. *sigh* Can you say cultural shock? City living was amazing when I was single and I never, ever thought I’d change that. Then I met him. That changed everything. I finally settled into living out here with the cattle and their boy-toy, my Alpha Hubby. He was worth it all. You inspire me to pick up my yoga DVD and try again.

    • Used York City says:

      Aww the things we do for love!:-) Super sweet story, Nan, and he’s lucky to have you!

  • Mike says:

    I absolutely LOVE talking to strangers…ALL of the time. And what a change for me in that I used to be terribly shy. I guess I still am at times in some aspects. Strangers – it’s just a careful introduction without being creepy or intrusive and opening up a dialogue. Awesome conversations to be had. I’ve heard so many people rave about Yoga, Jess. I am definitely interested :)

    • Used York City says:

      I think this is something that we grow into a little better as we get older. I seriously have no problem whatsoever (and sometimes even prefer!) going solo to a coffee shop or shopping, and the situation definitely opens you up to talk with others around you!

      Give yoga a try, Mike!:-)

  • Biba says:

    I think that I just might try talking to a stranger. Because you are right, you never know what that conversation can lead to!

  • Jeri says:

    I took tons of inspiration away with me from my NYC trip about a year and a half ago. At the time I visited, I had been living in Charlotte. Now that I’m back in Idaho, I am counting the days until I can beat the streets of this or that city again.

  • Heather says:

    I second striking up random conversations on the metro. My former roommate chatted up a pretty girl on the platform and proposed to her on the same spot two years later :-)

  • Andrea says:

    Love these ideas! So many options to get out of your comfort zone or learn something new in NYC

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