Bryant Park: A Metropolitan Park in the City of Lights

By Sadaf Ayaz In the heart of Midtown where work meets leisure, hundreds saunter into Bryant Park. Naked trees loom ahead with branches entangled into one another, fencing the park and the memories within it. In a place in the…

Cultural Appropriation: What is It and Why is It a Problem

By ALISON SUMMERFIELD June 23rd, 2018 “The intent in cultural appreciation is usually benign but as it moves to the appropriation it becomes more exploitative. But motives are often mixed, sometimes subconscious and what’s perceived as appropriation could have been…

What is Self Love: T-Shirts That Inspire Self-Love

By ROMANA SHAIKH April 7, 2018 “Each woman had her own share of beauty dancing around her, gracing her and each one being a model for a t-shirt line calling out for self love.” On a cold, windy afternoon on…

A Poem on National Identity: Do All Lives Really Matter?

By NICOL SHOUP HERRERA April 5th, 2018 “Empathy is not impossible, however; all human beings share certain ties, such as emotional connections, that are universal. “ Identifying with a country can be a source of pride and an integral part…

Father Forgets: A Tribute to Relationships

By SADAF AYAZ April 2nd, 2018 “Father Forgets, by W. Livingston, is a reflection on the day his son stirred his heart. A beautiful reminder of the innocence of youth and the unawareness of adulthood.” The relationship dynamic between parents…

3 Billion Under 30: An Inspiring Book on Some of the Most Successful Under 30s

By KRYSTYNA OLSZEWSKA March 13, 2018 “Kleinert says he hopes that readers will “really take to heart all these stories and strategies that are shared and then use those to have more impact in their life”, much like the people…

A Teacher Recounts The Story of Her Most Memorable Student

By SAIMA USMANI February 7th, 2018 “This girl was mean and this girl was angry.” She was a skinny little 3rd grader of Kashmiri ancestry, with a father doing business overseas and a very young, very harried mother. For those of you who…

Napoli, Brooklyn: A Tale of Conflict and Love

By Staff Writer February 2nd, 2018 “A suspenseful play that focuses on the painful, challenging, and conflicting lives of an immigrant family while emphasizing the power of women and strong bonds.” It’s 1960, and you work day in, day out,…

The Bench: In Conversation With the Show-runner, Robert Galinsky

By Editorial Team January 25, 2018 “Thinking differently is not enough for me–I want doing differently.” About Robert Galinsky: Robert Galinsky is a contributing writer to The Fresh Toast, is Head Speaker Coach for TEDxTeen, TEDxFultonStreet, and teaches writing and performance…

Paper with a Print: The Money Paradox

By HUDA AYAZ January 18, 2018 “At the end, the money returned to its original owner–the already rich and economically satisfied outsider. The story of how money travels. In a small town where most are in debt, there resides a…

Redefining What Is The Natural Look

By Lameece Mustafa January 17, 2018 “It may be rash to state, albeit, the technique of using makeup to appear natural is an oxymoron.“ Let’s redefine the ‘natural look’: Creating the “natural look” using cosmetic products is an idea that…

What Would Your Horcruxes Be if You Were Voldemort?

By RAN ZHAO August 29, 2017 “I’ll befriend a pack of Hungarian Horntails and name them all “Horcrux”, just in case Harry decides to yell “ACCIO HORCRUX!”. “   Here are a few things I would make my horcruxes if…

Would Oprah 2020 be a Wise Move For The Democratic Party?

By ALEX JOHNSTON January 10, 2017 “She has the power to bring people together. She can make a great speech. Oprah 2020?  Hell no.“ Oprah is a wonderful person. Unlike Donald Trump, she really did pull herself up out of…

Brain Hacks That Will Surprise You!

By SHRIJANA CHAULAGAIN December 29, 2017 Here are top four easy brain hacks that will surprise you! Put your hand in front of someone who is talking, one who is very occupied, and they will give you whatever they have…

Ten Books That Changed My Life

By REBECCA WILOVA December 28, 2017 Here are ten very different books that changed my life in a meaningful way! A Tale Of Two Cities. I first read it in seventh grade, and I like to think it had a…

Four Last-Minute DIY Christmas Decoration Ideas!

By HEATHER ROBINS December 24, 2017 With Christmas right around the corner (meaning, tomorrow!), here are some quick last minute DIY decoration ideas to get your home and family in the holiday spirit! I’m a little obsessed with Christmas and…

Dear America: You Make Me Feel Oppressed

By NIHAN AHMAD December 8th, 2017 “September 11, 2001, the day The World Trade Center fell, that day was the happiest day of my year. At least, as much as I can remember.” Dear America, I’ve been meaning to write…

Historical Photographs That Will Make You Cry

By ASMITA DAS December 7, 2017 Here are a series of historical photographs and events that will make you cry, if not make you immensely sad. A picture can say a thousand words. Photographers play a huge role in shaping…

Are You A Woman: A Series of Poems on the Over Sexualization of Women

By NICOL SHOUP HERRERA November 29, 2017 “The line between how society views gender and how we define our own gender is often blurred. It can be difficult to reconcile how we view ourselves versus how society views us.” Over…

Foreign Citizen

By SADAF AYAZ November 25, 2017 “Earlier in the year, in the midst of this year’s election season, I felt more and more like I had been told what I meant to the country I had lived in all my…