Learn At Bars With Raising the Bar

photo copy Around 1,500 people gathered yesterday in various bars across the city to drink and listen to discussion panels hosted by Raising the Bar.The initiative started about a year ago and was founded by NYU and Columbia University students to bring meaningful conversation and education accessible in the city through knowledge-driven discussions in casual settings. “This is directed mostly to young professionals and millenials,” said Ibar Danker, junior at NYU and co-founder …

SoFar Sounds Invites You To Concerts In Strangers’ Living Rooms

Armed with three friends and 108 ounces of beer, I climbed onto a Brooklyn-bound L train with what seemed to be the whole hipsterdom of Williamsburg stuffed inside, just so I could sit in a stranger’s living room and listen to other strangers play music.This trip was at the behest of my roommate who had told me of a group that makes a unique live music experience using random apartments, unknown …

NYU Local Ranks The Best and Worst Drugstores Near Campus

Last Thursday on January 23rd at 10:30 AM, Walgreens opened its newly renovated store in Union Square. “Free coffee! Free coffee! Who wants free coffee?!?” shouted two men on the corner of 4th Ave and 14th St wielding “Grand Opening” signs. Although they were loud, pushy, and a bit annoying, anything free is worth my time. So, out of the goodness of my heart, I walked inside, totally unprepared for the …

Local Stops: Student Loans, BABIES & Banana Stands

- Elizabeth Warren wants students to be able to borrow at the same (low) rate as banks. So she just got even cooler.- After a quick health inspection scare, S’Mac is up and running again.– “This is the most important video you’ll watch all year.” – Leah Clancy, On Campus Editor– The frozen banana stand is coming to New York. Arrested Development, we salute you.– YOU HAD ONE JOB. ONE. JOB.Photo …

In Loving Memory Of S’Mac: How Your Favorite Restaurants Are Graded By The Health Department

How often do you actually glance over at the health inspection grade before you sit down at a restaurant or bar? In light of the recent travesty that befell that beacon of bacon [and other gloriously assorted flavors of] mac & cheese, S’mac, we thought we might take a look at exactly what constitutes those inspection grades and how bad things have to get for a joint to get closed down.Health inspectors assign points …

Livin’ Small In The Big City With Micro-Apartments

Many of us city-dwelling students live in laughably small apartments. And now, for those who love to laugh, here’s something to get you clutching at your sides in no time. Construction of the city’s first micro-apartments are underway in Kips Bay in a city-sponsored effort to pilot shoebox-sized “affordable” housing for the city’s young, single and broke to the tune of 300 sq ft.Last summer, the Department of Housing Preservation and Development with mayor …

UPDATE: Administrators Clarify Controversy Behind NYU Florence’s Art Program

Last week, we reported on the controversy stirring over changes to the curriculum and faculty at NYU Florence; namely, that studio arts courses are being moved off-site and some faculty were allegedly notified of their imminent dislocation on the first day of the fall semester 2012–just as they arrived to begin teaching.The primary point of concern is not that NYU Florence students won’t have access to studio art courses (now to be taught through the …

An Inside Look At NYU Florence’s Art Program Controversy

Over the past decade, NYU Florence has offered studio art courses as part of the centerpiece of the heavily arts-centered academic program at Villa La Pietra. What took root as a rumor several weeks ago has now grown into a certainty; that these on-site studio courses are been eliminated and the faculty fired, in what seems a shift to a more political science-focused curriculum.Beginning next semester, Fall 2013, students at NYU Florence wishing to …

Local Explains It All: The New Pope Francis I

Dear all Catholic believers, your brand-spankin’-new pope is…another white guy! Jorge Mario Bergoglio, now known as Francis I, took charge of the Catholic Church (and more importantly the Twitter handle @Pontifex) yesterday. Surprising? Not really. But you there, wait! There’s more.Once referred to as the “quiet thunder” of Argentina, he’s the first Jesuit Pope and the first to hail from the Americas. He reportedly came in second place during the last …

John Sexton Talks God, Love And Home Base On The Colbert Report

Last night, John Sexton won an impromptu installment of The Bachelor when he guest starred on The Colbert Report to discuss his class-turned-book Baseball As A Road To God: Seeing Beyond The Game.After an extended lead-in to the final interview segment of the show, which included a montage mocking the histrionic pauses of The Bachelor, Sexton and another “contestant” entered the set book-in-hand from a hidden door and stood shoulder-to-shoulder eagerly anticipating who will …

The New New York, Brought To You By Snøhetta

The New York City skyline pulses from Bowling Green to the Bronx–an EKG of steel and spires–stunning visitors into silence with its glassy grandeur. Yet, in our vanity, we look up at forests of skyscrapers and yawn with entitled complacence. Most notably, we sigh with the smugness of familiarity at Times Square’s persistence as a pilgrimage site for millions of starry-eyed visitors.An innovative Norwegian architecture firm, Snøhetta, has noticed our disregard for our most …

We The People… Want More Twinkies (And Better Answers): The Best/Worst White House Petitions

The White House’s “We The People” petition site is the Internet’s soapbox, our most modern way of exercising our most ancient right to protest, petition and improve our government. But, since launching in late 2011, the forum has both proved itself to be a fantastic soundboard and spawned criticism for being another piece of “transparency theater” from the administration.Anyone can create or electronically sign a petition on the forum, but it is …

Poets Reading Their Poetry Better Than Your MAP Professor

It’s a great misfortune that so many kids emerge from high school hating The Great Gatsby and Lord of the Flies simply because their English teacher couldn’t teach. Well, the same sad phenomena sometimes flounders into college and, for those of you who now schedule your naps during that MAP class when your professor drills in perfect monotone the literary significance of W.B. Yeats, we feel ya.Poetry is a great bore for some while it’s …

Faking Foursquare: A New App That Does Your Clubbing For You

“I can finally be who I want you to think I am” is one of the testimonies emblazoned on the website of a new Foursquare app called CouchCachet–and it’s either the beginning of the end or the spark to lead us into the next stage of social networking.The brainchild of designer-techies Brian Fountain (@fountain), Harlie Levine (@harlie) and Justin Isaf (@justinisaf), CouchCachet checks you in on Foursquare on your behalf, so you …