Best Fun Races In NYC

fun races in NYC

A race doesn’t have to be a full blown marathon that requires you to train for months at the exclusion of your social life and sleep. You don’t have to get up at crack-o-dawn AM just to run laps in Central Park until you drop to have a good time on a 5 kilometer (5K) run. Fun races in NYC are a great way to do some light training with a roommate, grab some mutual friends, and just have a goofy good time doing a beginner event.

Events like these can often be walked if you don’t want to run. Still, these events are 5K long, so you still need to know your fitness level and do an appropriate amount of training. And consult an expert to figure out how much training that is.

The Color Run

Pretty much exactly what it sounds like. The Color Run rules are pretty simple. At the start, wear white. At the finish, look like you were practicing gymnastics in an art supply store. People in the race and on the sidelines are just throwing colored powders left and right. It’s a rainbow, prismatic free-for-all. Also called “The Happiest 5K On The Planet,” there is a very strong unicorn theme at this event. You can get your pictures taken with giant unicorns, which makes for a fun shareable memory. Over 6 million people have done this race, so it’s tried and tested as one of the best fun fitness races in NYC.

Cupids Undie Run

Yup! Run in your underwear. A great choice when NYC is really hot. While some people literally prance about in their skivvies, other people get into costumes, and it gets to be a lot of fun. The proceeds benefit the Children’s Tumor Foundation to help neurofibromatosis, a genetic disorder that causes tumors to grow on nerves throughout the body. So have a blast and take heart knowing your racing fees went to a good cause.

Jingle Bell Walk/Run

Support the Arthritis Foundation in this cheerful, laid back race. Deck yourself out in a holiday-inspired costume. Think elves, reindeer, Santa, and presents. Tie jingle bells to your running shoes, and you’re off. A super fun event with a festive atmosphere, this is a must-have on the list for any group looking for an event that checks the competitive attitude at the starting line.

New York Hot Dog Challenge

No need to double-back, you read that right. New York City combines a friendly race with a hot dog eating contest. At the same time. People even dress as their favorite sack of mystery meat as they cruise down the road. A 2.5 mile run through New York’s Central Park, Midtown, and Times Square is accompanied by 10 eagerly awaiting hot dog carts. Contestants have to eat and run their way to fame, glory, and possibly one seriously upset stomach. Even if this one isn’t for you, you might be able to encourage your roommate to do it and enjoy the show. Or, uh . . . be supportive on race day. Yeah, that’s it.

Races don’t have to be super competitive events that require months of training. You can have a perfectly good time at one of these events. Grab your roommate, recruit some pals, and enjoy the best fun fitness races in NYC.

Have you done a fun or themed fitness race? How was it? Post your comments below.

Roomi. Hot, Sicker than your Average Start-Up

Ever wanted to know what it’s like to be part of the Roomi Community? Andrew Recato breaks it down for us. 

FROM ANDREW RECATO: Moving to a metropolitan area from your small hometown can be intimidating to anyone, especially when the metropolitan area is New York City. I’ve learned that the best remedy for the new-found anxiety is to put yourself out there and try new things without regard of circumstance or fear of rejection. This holds especially true for those who have a fear of missing out like I do.

Roomi is quite literally for people looking for roommates, and is one of the half dozen apps I downloaded once I found out that I got the job I wanted in the city. Continue….

5 Holiday Decorating Hacks for Your Small Apartment

The city is brimming with lights and you’re sipping cocoa from a red cup — ‘tis the season for scarves, extra layers, parties, and plenty of holiday cheer! And the best thing about celebrating the holidays as an adult is having the opportunity to start your own traditions, starting with the décor. Don’t let the small city apartment stop you from enjoying the best time of the year — bring some of the winter festivities indoors, and deck your own halls with boughs of holly. We rounded up the best tips from design experts to get your tiny apartment holiday ready.

1. Holiday Tree Fake Out

Can’t squeeze your traditional pine tree between your futon, coffee table and TV stand? Don’t fret — you have plenty of options to substitute for your holiday tree. Bronwen Smith of New York City floral and event design company, B Floral, offers a creative solution to cheer up your space.

“Instead of adding extra items to your décor, replace the existing ones with seasonal variations,” she suggests. “For example, holiday dish towels, bathroom towels, and pillowcases are a great way to add joyful style to your home without taking up additional space.”

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Photo Source: B Floral

Missing that fresh tree smell? We feel ya. Luckily, David Schneider, an expert on healthy and sustainable decorating from Schneider Kennedy Design, has a hack for that (and it’s free!).

“We go to Christmas tree lots and pick up trimmings and branches or leaves that are cut off the trees,” he says. “We tie them together with rafia and hang them, so they don’t take up floor space. You can do it with very little labor, and it looks and smells awesome.”

Try adding LED lights, ribbon or ornaments to the clippings to spruce them up even more.

2. A Natural Touch

If you find yourself missing the beauty of Mother Nature in the middle of your urban jungle existence, you’ll love this holiday decorating idea. Not only is it practically free, but it’ll give you an nostalgic flashback to elementary school art class.

“Get pinecones from a park near you, and apply Elmer’s Glue to the ends, then sprinkle on glitter,” says Schneider.

“You can string them with fishing line or put them in baskets around the room. You’re recycling something, it’s fragrant and it costs nothing.”

pinecone decoration

Photo Source: The Farmhouse Porch

Smells like winter? Check. A little sparkle? Check.

3. Holiday Hosting

If all your friends are heading over with apps and yummy desserts for a low-key celebration, you need to give the place a little cheer. For the holiday host or hostess, this is your time to shine!

“When decorating a small space or a small table-scape, stay in a monochromatic theme,” suggests Smith.

“Sticking with the same color palette will make the space seem larger and more expansive. I love pairing whites and champagnes with hints of silver. This exudes a classic holiday look without using too many contrasting colors.”

decorating for the holidays

Photo Source: B Floral

Pull some of the stuff you already have laying around — think vases, candle holders — and add wintery additions. And even better? Decorating with neutral colors means you can use your decor well into winter, not just for the holidays.

4. Season of Light

Something about twinkling lights and gathering around a fireplace ignites the holiday spirit in everyone — even those roommates not celebrating Christmas. But if you’re concerned about having an outrageous electricity bill or just want to be more eco-friendly, Schneider recommends a safe and reusable option.

“Battery-operated menorahs with LED lights use very little energy and are safe. You can take it out if the box and use it every year.”

Since this is a piece you’ll use for a long time, it’s worth splurging to buy one you love. Bonus: no wax cleanup!

And no matter what holiday you’re celebrating, candles give the essence of a special celebration. Schneider offers another environmentally friendly option if you’re a candle fiend.

“Try beeswax candles; there’s no artificial scent. If you’re going to buy a scented candle, be sure it’s an all-natural wax that way the smell being released isn’t unhealthy.”

Etsy is a great resource to scour for your perfect holiday candle, or you can check out your nearby farmer’s or holiday market for a local find.

5. Holiday Florals

For a super easy last-minute option, grab a bouquet of seasonal flowers to add as a centerpiece to your holiday table. Effortless and beautiful, they’re ideal for the holiday decorator who hates a big cleanup. Not sure if you have a green thumb? Smith offers her expert tips for even the elementary gardeners.

“The moment you cut your stems to create your arrangement, place them immediately into warm water. As with all florals, don’t forget to change out the water every few days! Never place your flowers or plants next to heating units. This will cause them to wilt and die more quickly.”

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The 6 Critical Steps of a Fire Safety Plan

So you’ve finally moved into your own place and are ready to begin life as what they call “an adult.” Paying bills, picking up after yourself, and being smart about protecting yourself and your belongings are now completely your responsibility. That means anything from preventing burglary in the most common sense ways to being prepared for a manmade or natural disaster — big or small. Over 1.2 million fires in the U.S. caused more than 3,000 deaths and 5,000 injuries and cost $11.6 billion in property damage in 2014 alone. A fire is unpredictable and dangerous, so it’s that much more important you prepare in case one breaks out on Spaghetti and Meatballs Night. Make sure all of your smoke alarms are active (yes, they drove you crazy when you burned the bacon that one time, but that’s no excuse not to put the batteries back in). Keep a small fire extinguisher in the kitchen, get renters insurance, and of course, map several escape routes from each room. Don’t know where to start? Here are six important steps to take when preparing your fire safety plan.

Before a Fire

1. Assess

Emergency response expert and CEO of Epicenter Media & Training Christopher Tarantino says the first step to preparing for a fire is to understand how much you’re at risk for one in your home.

“Risks can include living in a high-rise or on a higher floor of your building, living right next to a chemical engineering lab, having a window that faces a busy street, living in a natural hazard-prone area ((like tornadoes, hurricanes, etc.) — or any number of hazards that may increase the likelihood of bad stuff happening to you.”

Next, take a look around your apartment. Remember when your mom warned you to turn the stove off and not to hang things near space heaters? She wasn’t just nagging. Cooking equipment is the leading cause of household fires (making up about 45 percent of structural fires), with heating equipment following in second. So pay careful attention to these appliances, and keep them updated, clean, and free of debris, says Erik Endress, CEO of Share911.com and volunteer firefighter of 30 years.

“The best way to be prepared is to ensure that you have working smoke and fire alarm systems that will wake you up if the fire happens while you’re sleeping. If you sleep with your door closed, check to make sure that the sound of the alarm will actually wake you and your roommates up.”

2. Plan

So you know your risks, your appliances are updated, you practice good caution, and your smoke alarms are good to go. The next step is to make an escape plan. Living in an apartment complex means you can still be in the line of fire (no pun intended) even if the trouble starts down the hall. Endress says the simplest safety methods are the best when preparing for escape.

“Know your plan for egress. Stand in each room and ask yourself, what is the fastest way to escape in the event of a fire inside or outside of our living space? It may be that the fire escape or a balcony where you can wait for firefighters will provide a better environment than trying to evacuate down the stairs.”

Communication is also extremely important, and the best thing you and your roommate can do is plan together.

“How can we combat this risk?” Endress recommends asking each other. “Identify the tools that are at your disposal (including a emergency and/or escape plan), such as a fire extinguisher, and make sure all roommates know where it’s kept and how to use it.

“Look at and evaluate escape routes keeping in mind the path may be dark, smoke-filled or obstructed. Think about worst-case scenarios and discuss how you would respond as a team.”

Finally, make sure you have a meet-up point to find each other later in the event you get separated. After making it to safety, the next step is to check on your roommates, neighbors and anyone else who may have been in the building.

3. Practice

Yes, you’ve heard it often enough to hate the word, but here it is some more: Practice, practice, practice. Remember all those fire drills from school? It’s time to do some of those at home.

“There is a saying in the fire service that’s used for firefighter training, but still applies nicely here: Don’t practice until you get it right — practice until you can’t get it wrong,” says Tarantino.

During a Fire

1. Assess

Alright, now it’s time to put all your practice to good use. Let’s say the apartment is aflame: Before you start panicking, remember your preparation, and take a quick second to assess where the fire might be coming from. Tarantino points out that not all fires need intervention from professionals (but it’s totally okay to call 911 if you’re uncertain). If the fire is small and can be handled safely with a small extinguisher, douse the offending meal. If the blaze is any larger than a stovetop fire, leap into action.

Remember the escape plan, and scan your options quickly. The biggest risk of structural fires isn’t the fire itself, but the smoke that comes with it. And since smoke rises, it’s especially important if you’re in a high-risk area of your building (higher floors) to have your escape routes planned well in advance.

“Stairwells can act like a chimney during a fire on a floor below you, so if you get there and it’s full of smoke, knowing where the other stairwell is may be critical,” Endress says.

So find the least risky escape route, and…

2. Escape

When taking your escape route, it’s super important to watch for structural damage, check doorknobs with the back of your hand, and close doors behind you. The first is obvious: If you see beams falling in, the fire and the smoke will be the least of your problems in that direction. If you try a doorknob and it’s red-hot, find another route. And closing doors behind you ensures the fire has more barriers before getting through. If you’re unable to escape the building, use alternate plans involving windows like a fire escape or hook-ladder. If you’re only a floor above the ground, you might be forced to jump.

“If you have to jump, reduce the distance you will fall by hanging down from the window, which reduces your fall by your height,” advises Endress.

3. Regroup

Whew, you made it out okay. After you’ve spoken with firefighter personnel, it’s time to meet up at your designated checkpoint. Whether it was a small kitchen fire or a blazing inferno that consumed the whole floor, it’s important everyone is accounted for in the aftermath. In the middle of a disaster, it’s not unlikely people will forget their phones and other electronics, which is why an official meeting place is that much more important to include in your fire safety plan.

“The first question the fire department will likely ask is whether or not everyone is out of the building, so make sure you keep good communication with your roommates and you understand how emergency response works in your area or university,” says Tarantino.

The Eco-Life: How to Minimize Expenses While on Vacation

Your passports are renewed, you got the time off work approved, and your big roommate vacation is all set. Your bags are packed and you can’t get out of town fast enough. You and your roommate have gone over how to prevent burglary in the most common sense ways, and you’ll be sure to practice your everyday safety measures, too. You’ve set your vacation budget and you’ll be ready to take on your expenses when you return without being that roommate who bails on rent. Though you decided not to sublet your apartment while away, you’re still wary of the expenses you’re incurring. But there are also a few ways to save money, so you can spend the savings somewhere well-deserved. Here’s what you can do to minimize your utility expenses while away from home.

Address Your Biggest Energy Uses

Long before you lived the fabulous life of roommates, your parents were constantly reminding you to turn the off the lights behind you. At some point, you’ve heard the spiel about unplugging the TV or your cell phone charger when they’re not in use. But you’re probably thinking — how much is this really going to save, right? Writer and website publisher Michael Bluejay, also known as “Mr. Electricity“, says that obsessing over the small things is a waste of time and will ultimately cause you to miss the point.

“Such trivia won’t make a dime’s worth of difference in your electric bill. It’s the bigger things that matter. With that in mind, you’ll first want to address the big energy users in your home first.”

For the budget- and environmentally-conscious roommates,  Bluejay suggests focusing on the following when you’re away:

Heating and Air Conditioning

This one is pretty obvious but so easy to overlook when you’re preparing to go away. But if you’re not going to be home, there’s no need to run your heater or air conditioner all day even if you need them on for some of the time during an extended time away. You can find a happy medium, says Tom Price from Bostwick Energy Partners.

“Setting a timer is the best solution for this. You only need to run your heat an hour during the day and an hour at night to keep your pipes from freezing.”

In those hot summer months, monitoring your A/C is equally important. Tom explains that maintaining a minimum of 68 degrees is your best bet for saving on energy costs.

“Every degree below 68 uses an increasing amount of energy. If your home is insulated properly with a working A/C, 68° F will keep you cool,” Price adds.

Refrigerator

The refrigerator is the second-largest user of electricity in most homes (13.7 percent), right after the air conditioner (14.1 percent), according to The U.S. Energy Information Administration. While some appliances we can use less to save energy, we don’t have that option here. (Especially when your roommate won’t even clean the fridge.) If you’re going away for just a few days, or even up to 10, it’s not worth unplugging your fridge or doing a mass cleanout. The savings won’t add up (and you might waste more throwing stuff away). But if you’re going to be away for a month or more, consider cleaning out and unplugging the fridge.

Lighting

Mr. Electricity stresses that you don’t need to worry yourself sick about wearing out your light faster just because you forget to turn them off here and there (although, there’s no reason to be reckless about it!). You can, however, replace older light bulbs with LED lights to save tons of energy. More on that here.

Washer/Dryer

Here’s a fun fact: Washing laundry in cold water versus warm or hot can help you save up to $152 a year, and that’s with no upfront cost. So if you’re one of the lucky ones with in-unit washer/dryer, this is a no-brainer to saving money (because you know that vacation laundry is no joke). And the efficient way to save energy on drying? Skip it all together whenever you can. Invest in a drying rack or simply hang up in your place to dry.

Modern Technology

As technology continues to distract us from work and invite us to zone out during social settings, it’s still putting its fair share of good in the world and helping us to live better. Smart devices like the Nest Learning Thermostat 3rd Generation are perfect for renters and homeowners alike when away on vacation. This device optimizes itself for unique preferences and schedules. Not only will it know what to do when you’re away, it saves an average of 10-12 percent on heating bills and 15 percent on cooling bills. This is great if you’re renting a place for a few years and want to invest. It’s also portable to your next rental.

5 Ingenious Design Tips to Living Large From Tiny House Owners

In recent years, the tiny house movement has taken the nation by storm with a high demand for tiny house shows on major TV networks. But while many singles, couples and even families with children have been diving into tiny living with open arms — whether to create a more intimate family environment or to save up for other big-ticket expenses — many urban dwellers are forced into the situation by way of their small city spaces. But it doesn’t have to be all that bad. Before you turn your nose up at small living,  you might be surprised at some ingenious ways you can make even a 400-square-foot apartment look good (starting with our favorite DIY tips here). So don’t cry a river over small-living, take inspiration from these tiny house owners who will have you livin’ large in no time.

1. Custom-Build Your Furniture

The concept of DIY furniture probably seems daunting, but it’s worth it when store-bought pieces take up too much space. Tiny house owner and writer Melissa Dohmen and her fiancé Carson Vaughan came across this issue in their 120-square-foot camper. So they decided to build almost every piece of furniture they own.

“Furniture becomes clunky or impractical when it’s not relevant to your personal habits,” Dohmen says.

“So we built pieces we knew we’d use and built them to our own specifications. For example, we both needed a desk to write on, but we don’t often store things on our desk when not using it. So, to save that space when we’re not writing, we built the desk with hinges so that it could fold down and flat against the wall when not in use.”

Blogger Kim Kasl, who also lives in a tiny home with her family, notes that while they “have a great lack of furniture,” they were able to make their own bookshelf to fit their specific needs.

“The shelving we have — it can’t be a shelf that has too much depth because it intrudes on the space if it’s too big,” Kasl says.

Additionally, Kasl’s family shares the laundry bin, a custom-built piece her husband made that’s stored on the porch and disguised thanks to its beautiful, wooden exterior. How’s that for creativity?

2. Take Advantage of Wall Space

Though it might require a little extra work, taking advantage of your walls will really transform your apartment without taking up floor space. Sure, it might be easier to simply place a bookshelf on the ground rather than mounting one on the wall, but it’s a waste of precious space in a small home.

“Open storage is key,” says Tenecia Harris, an interior designer whose work has been featured on HGTV and Travel Channel. “Closed storage only encloses a room and makes it feel like the walls are closing in. Open storage (hooks, shelves, pegs) allows you to see where the walls are and gives more depth. If you can also wall mount collectibles, it’s artwork and storage in one.”

Dohmen and Vaughan make use of this tip in their kitchen, a room easily prone to clutter no matter what size. To ensure things aren’t left out on the counters they use magnets to organize “everything from our kitchen knives and scissors to spice containers that stick to the side of our oven hood,” according to Dohmen.

Kasl makes the most of her wall space by using hooks — and not always in the conventional sense.

“There are hooks everywhere,” Kasl says. “Our hooks hold clothes, necklaces, jackets. I hang scissors on the hooks. One holds the fish tank. The tank is almost like a cookie jar with a handle, and the handle hooks onto the wall hook. Vertical space is so important.”

3. Remember: Smaller Pieces Are Not Always Better

Clunky furniture can often overwhelm an already cramped space, leading many renters and homeowners to assume that smaller furniture is the best solution. But that’s not always the case either, according to these experts.

“Choosing small furniture is the biggest mistake most people make,” Harris says. “The thinking is generally small furniture allows for more ‘space’ around the pieces. While you would think large furniture will make a space feel small, small furniture emphasizes just how tiny a place can be. Our eyes read the negative space created by the small furniture, and it just seems off. Ultimately the same rule applies to a small space as a large one: Proportion is king.”

However, when it comes to decor and home goods, don’t feel obligated to go large.

“We have all the dishes we own in one drawer,” Kasl says. “We only keep four of everything and we don’t have big plates, just the small ones.”

4. Break Away From Traditional Decor Rules

If you live in a one-bedroom apartment, an apartment with a loft, or even a studio, finding ways to be creative is important. While there may not be a separate room for the office you’ve always dreamed of, or your bedroom shares the same space as your kitchen and living room, there’s an easy fix. For instance, if you don’t have a dedicated space for a home office, Harris recommends using non-traditional office pieces that will still give you what you want but create a unified appearance.

“A console table for a desk, an accent chair instead of a rolling chair,” Harris said. “With today’s technology, the printer can be in a closet instead of out. Ultimately the key to making a small space feel large is to continually emphasize the depth of the space. Lighting and mirrors are tricks of the trade to create depth and seeing the wall space behind furniture is a simple way anyone can maximize visual.”

Similar to this, Dohmen uses her bed area as a dining room when inviting company over for dinner, creating two spaces in one.

“We’d simply need to fold up the bedding, fold up the table underneath and rearrange the cushions to have a full functioning dinner table setup,” she says.

5. Make or Buy Multipurpose Items

Unfortunately, you can’t have everything you want in a tiny home. Whether that means sacrificing a full dining set and resorting to roommate dinners on the couch, you’ll have to relinquish some of the luxuries a large space typically provides. While you can’t have it all, finding furniture with multiple uses will help maximize your options. In their tiny home, Dohmen and her fiancé have a floor cabinet they use as storage for books and their printer, while also hiding the trailer’s wheel well. Additionally, the top of the cabinet can be used as a kitchen counter for cooking preparation and as an office workspace of sorts.

“The bottom drawer in our kitchen also pulls out into an eating area for our dog, Costello,” Dohmen says. “The back (or front, in our case) of the bathroom door doubles as an organizer and hat rack. We added a copper bar and some S-rings that we use to hang our calendar, hats, light jackets, etcetera. We added a chalkboard sticker underneath it to write reminders and notes.”

If necessary, use an ottoman as a table, seat, and storage in one. Buy a mirror or cupboard that also doubles as an ironing board. Or, like in Kasl’s case, use the ottoman to iron clothes and spare stools as tables to eat on. Likewise, invest in a sectional couch with hidden storage space that can also be converted into a guest bed. And if you have a furry friend like Dohmen and Vaughan? Find or build an end table with a built-in bed for your pet underneath. The possibilities are endless!

4 Non-Political Spots Roommates in Washington Will Love

You’ve pledged your allegiance to a political candidate, followed the debates and made your obligatory visits to the White House and Washington Monument. Now that America’s political hub is your new home , you’ve committed to fulfilling your duties as model roommates in Washington. But despite going through the motions, you’re not into politics as much as you hoped. Sure, you’ll discuss the topic in passing, but at the end of the day, you’d rather spend your time at art galleries, open mic nights, and every Smithsonian museum for the hundredth time. Hillary Clinton’s in town? That’s neat, but you’d rather go to that Walt Whitman reading on Friday. In a city saturated with politicians, lobbyists, and activists, roommates in Washington wonder how to survive and thrive in D.C. Thankfully, while one of your roommates is spending his time rooting for Donald Trump (and you’ve done your best to avoid getting into any political drama at home), you’re glad the other feels the need to satiate her artsy side and get away from the political noise with you. But where to start? Here are four non-political spots roommates in Washington will love to explore.

4 Non-Political Spots Roommates in Washington Will Love

1. The Mansion On O Street

Perfect for: The thrill-seeking roommates

If the idea of hidden rooms, secret passageways, and treasure hunts evokes a sense of excitement and thrills from within, the Mansion On O Street tours are a perfect day activity for roommates in Washington to enjoy. With over 20,000 books, pieces of artwork and other donated items, this museum-meets-brunch hotspot is like a mix of Narnia and Wonderland for the creative soul. The best part? You can even buy some of the items you see on display! Searching for concealed doors and wandering through several dozen rooms, you’ll have the chance to bond with your roommate all whilst testing your sleuthing abilities.

2. Washington Psychotronic Film Society

Perfect for: The indie-film buff roommates

There’s really nothing better than a movie date, but when you’ve already seen every film out in mainstream cinemas, you’ll want to take a chance on the Washington Psychotronic Film Society. Free to attend for those 21 and over (though donations are always welcomed), the non-profit organization screens old-school, independent films from the Psychotronic genre. In other words, “just about everything except the Norm,” according to the film society’s website. A fresh breath of air from all those blockbuster hits, the films at the WPFS will make for intriguing conversation when you’re networking your way through the city.

3. Rock & Roll Hotel

Perfect for: The rock n’ rollin’ roommates

For all the roommates in Washington who love to rock out, D.C.’s Rock & Roll Hotel — not actually a hotel — is an awesome music venue with a rooftop deck, concert hall and lounge. With notable artists like Rooney, Big D and the Kids Table, and American Authors passing through, this popular location never fails to draw a crowd with its impressive lineup of rock and indie bands from around the globe.

4. Poetry Reading at the Library of Congress

Perfect for: The spoken word enthusiast roommates

The Library of Congress is such an iconic building in D.C. that the first thought on your mind might be, “Been there, done that.” But what if you could hear some of your favorite poems and literature come to life with a reading or a discussion of an author’s works? From a dialogue on Asian American literature today to the translations of celebrated female Uruguayan poets, many of these diverse events are free and open to the public. Grab some coffee with your roommate and get your creative juices flowing in one of the most inspiring landmarks in town.