The Rapid Expansion Of NYU Langone

149The NYU Langone Medical Center is expanding at a rapid pace. In addition to the 2.3 million square foot facelift slated complete in 2017, NYU has begun to purchase practices in the outer-boroughs, Long Island and Westchester. These practices then become absorbed into the university system. NYU Langone also has increased development of ambulatory care units, opening nearly forty new centers in the past few years. This process raises questions for faculty, patients …

Tarot Readings And Performance Art: Talking With Bushwick’s House Of Screwball

Screen Shot 2015-05-08 at 9.19.43 AM “Screwball is our overarching aesthetic. To us, Screwball is a little bit of everything and the kitchen sink. We call it Parties For The Others. Just people who have different interests, who tend to be a little bit more strange, who are looking for unique experiences.”Bushwick-based production company House of Screwball is comprised of power couple Darcey Leonard and Kevin Pelrine. They’ve been the driving force behind …

“Fun Home” On Broadway: A Review

fun-home-large-643x441How many Broadway musicals exist about lesbians?One. Unless you count the sassy duet from Rent oft-quoted by drunk girls at parties, lesbians have stood in the dark on the Great White Way. Until this spring, when Fun Home opened at Circle in the Square.Based on Alison Bechdel’s Pulitzer winning graphic novel of the same name, the musical chronicles the childhood of a cartoonist while she grapples with her sexuality. In turn, her father …

The New Whitney Lives Up To Its Hype

aihts-2_2340The Whitney Museum of American Art has had the city abuzz with inspiration and cultural excitement since it opened last week to a city-wide celebration of American art. Our first lady said she “fell in love” with the new down-town building, designed by Renzo Piano who hyperbolically (and in true artistic fashion) claimed that “Beauty will save the world!” at the ribbon-cutting last Thursday. The inaugural exhibition in the new space, …

Samuel Knight’s New Album Will Save You From Finals Hell

sunbath finalNo, the Mozart effect doesn’t exist, and that classical music study playlist won’t actually make you smarter or more productive. Sorry! On the bright side, NYU Local caught up with Samuel Knight (full name Samuel Talmadge), whose new album Sunbath might just keep you from going full Carlo Gesualdo this finals week.Sam’s debut album is like a 28-minute drive down the beach, packed with dreamy, sunny, sleepy pop tunes. With a name like “Sunbath,” …

Old School Romance Is Making a Comeback With ECD

 8704023219_4600dc3130_bOn Tuesday night in a hot, stuffy, basement of the the Church of the Village, college students held hands in a circle, excitedly anticipating the caller, or instructor, Orly Krasner’s cue.Although the Fordham University students were there for a class, a good time was clearly being had at the one of the weekly English Country Dancing (ECD) introductory sessions offered by Country Dance New York (CDNY). Appropriately named “Jane Austen Dancing,” by the …

Discover New Work At Undiscovered Countries

1959425_902802856445058_7507126735881006537_nEvery two months, something happens. That something is Undiscovered Countries, a festival of new performance work that refers to itself as “The Infinite Festival.”Undiscovered Countries is a showcase of whatever falls into the category of “live art.” Helmed by NYU alumni Barbara Begley, Kaela Garvin, Adin Lenahan, and Alton Alburo, the festival seeks to provide a space for artists to show new and developing work, whether that be dance, poetry, stand-up comedy, …

The State Of The Mets

iBeing a Mets’ fan means tempering expectations at all times, no matter how great the Matt Harvey start or how exciting the Juan Lagares diving catch. Time and time again this team has disappointed its fans, sometimes in the most heartbreaking of ways. It’s an emotional roller coaster rooting for the Metropolitans, but when those bouts of sweetness do kick in, they are much tastier.Last month’s 11-game winning streak was one such …

Adam Sandler And His Ongoing Race Problem

UntitledSome movies address the issue of race tactfully and respectfully, providing a social commentary on the experiences of historically marginalized groups of people. The Ridiculous Six is not one of those movies.Slated to be the first installment of Adam Sandler’s four-movie contract with Netflix, The Ridiculous Six is marketed as a parody of the classic western, The Magnificent Seven, but recent news stories have revealed that the film is less of a …

The Gays’ Gaze: Being Gay Is Dope In CW’s “Jane The Virgin”

JAV101C_0264raThe Gays’ Gaze is a queer entertainment column–the most NYU (but not the most Gallatin) thing to ever happen. If we told you five years ago that one of the best shows on television would be on the CW, you would probably laugh in our faces. But here we are, 2015, and we just can’t. stop. watching. Jane the Virgin. That’s right, the CW isn’t just for watching vampire sex and catching …

NYU Student Empowers Bullied Teens

aijaTisch freshman Aija Mayrock didn’t always have the world at her feet. At least, that’s what others wanted her to believe, and luckily, she didn’t. For the past couple of months, Mayrock has been speaking at schools all around the country and in Canada, and working on her book, The Survival Guide to Bullying: Written by a Kid for a Kid. While Mayrock published it as an e-book in October, The Survival Guide …

What’s The Deal With Divest?

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAAs finals week approaches, the soft-serve truck jingles and street harassment enter their summer phases, and NYU Divest is preparing for a meeting with the University’s Board of Trustees next month. This meeting will determine whether $139 million of NYU’s endowment will remain invested in the fossil fuel industry. NYU Divest has gained momentum after a hard-won vote in the University Senate, where 86 percent of voters supported the divestment …

DA From Eric Garner Case Set To Win Congressional Seat

Staten Island District Attorney Daniel Donovan Runs for CongressA special election is scheduled to be held today to fill one seat in Congress and another seat in the the State Assembly after a tax evasion case forced GOP Rep. Michael Grimm to step down from his position in the 11th Congressional District. Grimm pled guilty to charges of fraud, perjury, and tax evasion in December 2014. Although he initially stated that he …

MayPac Was A Touchstone, Among Other Things

pacquiao-mayweather-3jpg-e2901545cc0e16b6MayPac was an event of the highest order of magnitude. Celebrities from all walks of life flocked to the MGM Grand in Las Vegas on Saturday night to see the fight that we’ve all been waiting for — albeit about four years later than we would have preferred. Sporting events rarely capture as much attention as this past weekend’s fight did, especially because most are recurring, even if they aren’t too frequent.We will …

“Seinfeld” And The 90s TV Takeover

tumblr_static_30188hiseinfeld1In case you missed the official announcement, Seinfeld is officially coming to Hulu this June, and all 9 seasons of the famed “show about nothing” will be available for streaming. Hulu beat out a host of other distributers in the deal—including Amazon and Yahoo and Netflix, who opted out early. And at $160 million, or around $875,000 an episode, it’s not hard to see how high the stakes were here.Seinfeld joins a growing list of …