Top 10 Moments From Coachella 2015

Image 7Piece includes work from Matthew Lavietes.Coachella 2015 brought us the best and slightly worse than the best; this music, fashion, and sunshine filled event attracted the who’s-who of hipsters and trendsetters. Here to break it down, we’ve highlighted the top ten moments that might be gag-worthy, but will definitely be worth knowing. #Chella.Kendall Jenner, recent top model in today’s fashion scene gets slighted by house-fave rapper Tyler the Creator when he …

The Gays’ Gaze: Just The Tig

Tig-Notaro-3The Gays’ Gaze is a queer entertainment column–the most NYU (but not the most Gallatin) thing to ever happen. Tig Notaro’s latest comedy special, Knock Knock It’s Tig, feels so intimate, it could’ve been done in your own living room. And the funny thing is, it actually could have. Notaro released a video in 2013 asking her fans for places she could perform, and their responses, ranging from barns to basements, helped …

Beware of Spice, A Dangerous Form of Synthetic Marijuana

nurse-gail1Nurse Gail Ingram is a graduate student and has been a practicing RN since 2005. She is NYU Local’s health columnist.Although Monday was 4/20, a new form of weed has been causing many New Yorkers to call 9-1-1.Spice (also called K2) is synthetic marijuana and is sold “under the counter” in bodegas, head shops, or online.  It comes in 3-ounce packets and looks like loose-leaf tea that users usually smoke.  Initially, Spice was …

Your Guide To The Brand New Bowery Mural

11166074_10206100181930818_669367097_nRon English (no, not the esteemed football coach) is the latest artist to decorate the iconic Bowery Mural, a giant slab of concrete that has previously featured the work of Keith Haring, Os Gemeos, Shepard Fairey, Barry McGee, Kenny Scharf, JR, FAILE, RETNA, Aiko Nakagawa, Cope2, How & Nosm, Martha Cooper, Swoon, and Maya Hayuk, to name a few.Because street art only seems to exist as fodder for selfie backdrops, we at Local …

NYU Poly’s Shady International Recruitment Tactics

nyu_poly_photoAfter graduating from the NYU Polytechnic School of Engineering in 2011, Abhyuday Pai made it his job to bring other students to his alma mater. He took a job in the Graduate Admissions Office at NYU Poly before launching Aducate, his own private education consultancy in India in 2013.Pai may have left the NYU admissions office, but he’s still on an NYU contract. Working from India as an intermediary between prospective students …

Joss Whedon And The Controversy Surrounding “Jurassic World”

UntitledThere’s a lot of buzz surrounding Jurassic World right now. After all, it’s the highly anticipated reboot of a beloved franchise starring Hollywood’s current it-guy, Chris Pratt. But some of the recent press surrounding the new film hasn’t been entirely positive. When a clip from Jurassic World featuring Pratt and his co-star Bryce Dallas Howard was released on the Internet last week, Joss Whedon, director of the upcoming Avengers: Age of Ultron …

A Small Step For Free Nipples

The-Free-the-Nipple-campa-008The free speech, #freethenipple campaign has taken America’s beloved app, Instagram, by storm.Never mind the ongoing fight for equal pay, women have had to face hurdles as high as discrimination in the workplace, to now something as trivial (yet equally ridiculous) as not being allowed to show their milk duds on social media.It’s a fair rule, if you’re 86+ years old and still live by the ol’ ‘murican value that a woman’s …

The Nitty-Gritty Of NYU 2031

NYUboomerangafterNew York University’s building history has long been swept under the rug. From the use of prison labor during the construction of the original university building to numerous human rights violations at the Abu Dhabi campus, NYU is no stranger to controversial construction. NYU has undergone several large projects of expansion, beginning with University Village. Built as part of a slum-clearing project planned by urban planner Robert Moses as part of the Housing …

Hillary Clinton’s Evolved Stance On Gay Marriage

tag-reuters-6Frequently, politicians transform their views from the time they enter office to the time they leave, and Hillary Clinton happens to be among such politicians. (Sorry.)Back in 1996, Hillary supported her husband in his 1996 Defense of Marriage Act, in which he openly opposed government recognition of gay marriages. However, today, as Clinton enters her 2016 presidential campaign almost 20 years later, she plans to make same-sex marriage a constitutional right upon attaining the presidency. How does …

Meryl Streep Funds “The Writing Lab” To Help Fight Hollywood Sexism And Ageism

unnamed When thinking about powerful women in Hollywood, Meryl Streep’s name comes to mind almost immediately. Now the three time Oscar-winner is using her platform as a famous and celebrated actress to help support fellow females in the film industry. Over the weekend it was announced at a Tribeca Film Festival panel that Streep has funded a screenwriter’s lab specifically for women over the age of 40.The lab, run by New York Women …

The Gotham Girls, NYC’s Queens Of Roller Derby

 10857349_817266011660225_791493204374155356_oIf sports were high school cliques, roller derby would undoubtedly be the underrated, witty, wise beyond their years, girl gang with amazing taste in music. In recent years, the ruthless, action packed sport has amassed more fans and become more well known, especially since the 2009 film Whip It, directed by Drew Barrymore and starring Ellen Page.Regardless of its increased following, most New Yorkers don’t know that our very own Gotham has …

Hamilton, At The Public Theatre

1.172693 “How does a bastard, orphan, son of a whoreAnd a Scotsman, dropped in the middle of a forgotten spotIn the Caribbean, by Provident impoverished, to squalorGrow up to be a hero and a scholar?”These are the opening lyrics to Lin-Manuel Miranda’s smash-hit musical “Hamilton,” currently playing at the Public Theatre. The biographical musical begins with an opening song, rapped by none other than Aaron Burr, titled “the damned fool that shot him.”Hamilton announced …

The Cavaliers And Warriors Are On A Collision Course

i-2The first weekend of the NBA Playoffs has come and gone, but not without providing us with some awesome highlights and enticing storylines to carry us through the rest of this round and into June. It always seems that this time of year is tailored specifically for the NBA to take centerstage. While the Stanley Cup Playoffs have also just begun and baseball is still unimportant, no other sport is capturing national …

Americans Want To Celebrate 4/20

635651106094825233-michigan-pot-042015Since we will not be celebrating “4/20” today, we decided to fill you in on where our country stands on legalizing America’s sweet ol’ gal, mary jane.As of today, according to recently conducted poll by the Pew Research Center, 53 percent of Americans stand in favor of legalizing marijuana and 77 percent of Americans support the use of marijuana for medical purposes.In just the past several years, support for marijuana’s legalization has …

The Stoner Musical Comedy Every Neil Young Fan Needs To See

3044017-poster-p-1-human-highway-neil-youngPut down your Pono Players and shut off your rainforest live stream, because the greatest Neil Young side project of all time just opened at IFC. From now through Thursday evening, you can catch Neil Young in Human Highway, a bizarre 1982 stoner comedy about Small Town USA on the last day before a nuclear catastrophe.Young, operating under the pseudonym Bernard Shakey, co-directed Human Highway with Dean Stockwell, who you might recognize from …