NYC: A City of Violent Activism?

NYU students protesting
NYU students protesting “Black Lives Matter” during Finals Week, Dec. 2014

New York City tends to be a place of social movements, especially downtown NYC. In New York City, activists pester pedestrians, constantly trying to find the next person kind enough to answer questions, simply listen to the cause, or donate some money. If you live in Manhattan and don’t buy your organic groceries at Whole Foods or Trader Joes, you’re not really a Manhattanite. If you wear genuine fur during the seemingly infinite winter months, a PETA activist may throw paint on you during your leisurely walk through the streets. This is the picture that many people have of someone who lives in NYC, but it is not always the reality. While it is true that these events happen, not every Manhattanite is a green-smoothie drinking, paint-throwing activist that will only talk about the latest protest they participated in. Read more

What is So Great About Cities Anyways?

There are city-people and country-people, and these categories are usually very distinct and separated. City-dwellers often dislike the country-side because everything is too far away from each other and there are not enough store options or places to go. Country-people don’t enjoy the chaos of a big city and often find themselves lost and overwhelmed trying to navigate the metro or choosing which of the numerous sit-down restaurants to stop at. Jane Jacobs separates these two categories as “foot people” and “car people,” those who walk everywhere (city-people) and those who can only manage to get places by car (countryside-dwellers). People who do not live in bit cities can often not imagine what it would be like to live in one, while people like me cannot imagine what it must be like to not be able to Seamless at 3am or take public transportation to every place I need to go. Read more

5 Fave NYC Food Spots

Every once in a while, a family member or friend that lives outside of New York City asks me to recommend a good place to eat while they are in town. As a major Foodie, and lover of all things NYC, I am always honored and then spend countless hours deciding on the best places to recommend. While writing a list of places I needed my family to try when in the city this summer, I decided I should share my favorite food spots of NYC for other foodies. 

 

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End of the Year

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This weekend seeing my extended family I realized exactly how quickly this past year has gone. “You just ended your freshman year,” my aunts and uncles would ask, and I would have to respond that no, surprisingly I just finished my sophomore year. They would then say how quickly it passed and asked how my year was. I would close my eyes and think about a few memories and smile back, responding “Really, it was great.”

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NYDM

NYDM

Since bid-day at the end of September, I had been hearing about NYDM, or the Dance Marathon at NYU. “It’s 12 hours straight of dancing!” and “it’s so much fun to dance in it, you have to go!” I didn’t really know what it was, except this fun event where you dance for 12 hours straight to fundraise for something. Next thing I knew, sign-ups were going out and I read that we would get ZTA fanny packs. Sign me up, I thought. Free fanny packs and dancing for 12 hours just to raise money? It seemed easy. Flash forward to the 11th hour and 55th minute of dancing and I realized two things: dancing for 12 hours is not as easy as it seems, and everyone was right, NYDM was a blast!

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Halloween Movies

(Possibly Scary) Halloween Movies to Watch as told by a Weenie.

I am the first person to say no to watching a scary movie or TV show. Every time I watch Criminal Minds I have a difficult time falling asleep. I could barely watch Disturbia with Shia Labeouf, a horror-thriller film that is neither a horror nor actually that scary at all.

With the help of my sister (and Reader’s Digest), I have compiled a list of movies and tv shows to watch to get in the Halloween mood!

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Non-Conformity to Fall Fashion

Christmas decorations are being set up on the Walgreens in Astor Place. Ice skating rinks are starting to open. It could start snowing in a few weeks. It was in the 50’s in New York City this past week. I still refuse to wear a jacket until November.

Ice-Skating last early November in Central Park
Ice-Skating last early November in Central Park

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