As we scroll through our Facebook news feeds on Sunday mornings, looking through all of those drunken freshman “NYU <3″ albums, we question how much of a party school this place really is and whether NYU is living up to all of our crazy expectations.
Those first year students, virtually all of whom live in dorms and thus have little access to gatherings in off-campus housing, are caught in social limbo: they want to go crazy and make the most of their first year in the city.
Their party options are limited, though. As the weekends pass by and the Class of 2017 continues to navigate the murky waters of the NYU party scene, that perpetual question keeps popping up in conversation: “Do you have a fake?”
Many new students feel as though they’re already locals, anxious to show off their cool new slice joints, coffee shops, and bookstores to the Ma & Pa over Parent’s Weekend. But an indispensable part of the NYU (and New York) experience is going out and being a drunken idiot on Friday and Saturday nights. Is a fake ID the only passport to have a good weekend in New York City?
Well, it depends on your definition of “good.” One freshman pointed out that, as newbies to the city, freshman ought to explore their new home by participating in sober fun like concerts and shows, residence-hall sponsored programs, or events organized by the Class Activities Board. Many have already attempted drinking in the dorms, but, unless you’re into sharing a handle with 6 friends on a bed, that gets boring after a while. And at this point in the year, many freshmen have either been written up or know someone who has. They’re running out of options.
First-year students are beginning to feel as though a fake ID really is the only way to have a good time at this place. A freshman in LSP who currently resides in Hayden says that “It is the city, and if you really want to be able to explore some cool places, I think you’re gonna want a fake.”
But is it worth it, just to sit on a leather couch in some fancy cocktail lounge and pay $15 for a mixed drink? Before you rush to FloridaFakes.com or text that friend who “knows a guy,” be aware that the state of New York could bust you big time.
There are, of course, certain spots in the village frequented by NYU students that freshman are now aware of. “We know what’s fake and what’s real,” says the bouncer at one of those infamous watering holes on Waverly, who requested to remain anonymous. “It’s not a matter of spending hundreds of dollars on an expensive, fancy fake ID. If we see that you look mature and responsible, we’re gonna be more willing to let you in. But if you show up here stumbling over with a big group of your freshman friends in t-shirts—forget about it.”
So in the end, freshman, it’s up to you. At this school, where frat houses and beer pong are harder to find than cheap tickets to the Yeezus World Tour, a fake ID will certainly help you have a fun night out on the town. If you decide that you can’t wait until your 21st birthday, just be smart about it, and be sure to check out NYU Local’s Do’s and Don’t’s Of Faux Identification. Happy partying!