In a city where street harassment is omnipresent, many students have learned to simply deal with the catcalls and assaults that come with the territory. We don’t have much of a choice, especially in a society that still largely dismisses the too-long looks and jeering as misunderstood “compliments.” In an effort to capture the reality of what street harassment actually feels like, a few volunteers took walks around the neighborhood wearing partially hidden Go Pro video cameras. We also asked NYU students about their own experiences and opinions regarding harassment, in order to get a more comprehensive idea of what’s going on around Washington Square Park. For some reason, creeps and weirdos still think they have the authority to whistle at total strangers — we want to find out why.
Helen Holmes, Jorge Morillo, and Julia Musto
A construction worker died in Bellevue Hospital today after falling six stories from NYU’s Languages and Literature Building around 11:00 a.m. The man was found on the roof of 269 Greene Street, located next to the Cantor Film Center and adjacent to the building on which he was repairing the facade. The worker was described to NYU Local as “male, Hispanic, and in his forties” by the NYPD Public Relations Department.
When asked about the incident hours later, students lined up for class at Cantor were unaware that anything had happened in the area. The facade of the Languages and Literature building, located at 19 University Place, has been under construction since June 25 of this year, and the project’s extended deadline was set for sometime in December, an NYU spokesman told DNAinfo.
NYU’s Director for Public Affairs Philip Lentz said the company in charge of the construction, D.P. Consulting Corporation, is currently being investigated to ensure the company was “in compliance with their safety plans,” and until then NYU has “shut down the construction site, where façade work was underway.” The NYU website about the construction site explains that the workers were “using a swing scaffold to lower themselves down the side of the building,” and the “work [was] done with [the use of] small hand tools.”
“NYU prides itself on its excellent safety record and will cooperate with any government investigation of this tragic incident,” said Lentz. “Our deepest sympathies go out to the worker’s family.” We will continue to update this post as more information is released.
Zoe Contros Kearl
NYU is home to many great clubs, and among them is the Sweet Side of Life. This club, which meets on a regular basis in Kimmel to provide free sweets to the NYU community at large, is a lesser-known, but awesome, NYU fixture. There are no requirements for membership, no dues or fees, and best of all, no expectations. It provides an opportunity to bridge the many different cultures that NYU welcomes into the community through the universal language of food. More specifically, desserts.
Sweet Side of Life has been around for a while, but continues to attract new faces. “I heard about Sweet Side of Life event before I got to NYU,” said club PR man and senior Indy Sil. A club that is ultimately dedicated to food is the best club possible. No pretending to deeply care about global interests for free dumplings, no crashing Young Republicans meetings for free pizza, just pure love for sweets and fellow friends who indulge in the same pastime. Read more…
My friends know me as a dancer, but it wasn’t always this way. Beneath the smooth, rhythmic exterior of this handsome breakdancer lurks an eternally two-stepping, awkward dance floor disaster. Before I learned breakdancing from a combination of my friends and YouTube, I had absolutely no dancing skills.
This journey from dance hall zero to hero is the reason I believe anyone can dance with the right teaching, and why I actually trust the wide variety of student dance organizations at NYU. So if you’re a seasoned dance veteran looking to get an edge on a new style, or a hopeless newbie with dreams of one day holding your own at the club, here are a few of the places around campus you can get started.
Zoe Contros Kearl
Jobs and internships are an important part of college life. They provide an outlet from school and the opportunity to experience real-world situations while still in the comfortable safety of university life. The thing about New York, though, is that it can often be difficult to find someone to pay you for said work. There are many job and internship postings available through NYU Career Net, sponsored by Wasserman, but many are unpaid, which is sometimes okay but often blows. There’s no getting around it: We live in New York. We need cash.
But never fear, dear student, for you have options! One great one for those looking for a well paid and often undemanding position is to get an on-campus job. Whether you have work-study money or not, there are many on-campus positions available throughout the school year to NYU students. From setting up lights for theatre productions to lifeguarding at Palladium to stacking books in Bobst, there’s no shortage of jobs that need to be filled. Read more…
Tavi, I’ve been a fan since the early days of Style Rookie. Your writing style, from an early age, has been so distinct and so true to who you are. I loved reading your posts about fashion because they weren’t like every other fashion blog back then. Your fashion, and writing, seamlessly combined a creative and artistic style with a great sense of humor. So when I found out that you’re considering NYU, and my home base Gallatin, I knew I had to woe you to come here.
This is why you should come to NYU:
Zoe Contros Kearl
For most students at NYU, coffee is an essential and joyous part of day-to-day life. Without coffee there can be no all-nighters, no awkward first dates, and more importantly, no Bobst breaks. On and around campus, it’s easy to spot the caffeinated as they go about their merry way, cup in hand.
But though you may not realize it, this coffee cup also tells us something about the carrier. After all, every part of your outward appearance–including what’s in your hand–adds to your general aesthetic, especially in a place like New York.
To explore this trend of coffee-as-signifier further, we hit up a few campus hotspots to see what was brewing behind that Styrofoam cup. Read more…
Zoe Contros Kearl
At NYU, we like to keep things alternative. From crazy class offerings to the ridiculous Gallatin concentrations, nothing is normal. Even graduation dates are seeing a change, as students take time off from school to pursue other options, better themselves, or sometimes just reset. The typical college experience takes four years, but here at NYU that’s not always the case. Many students chose to graduate early, but some are taking longer than four years as leaves of absence become more and more common.
NYU grants leaves of absence for reasons ranging from the medical to the pursuit of career options. They grant voluntary, and involuntary leaves. The opportunity to take time off from school allows students to mature and strive in an environment different than the university, and often comes as a great break from the non-stop and often overwhelming activity of New York.
The latest in the saga of Senator Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa) Versus New York University ($-NYC): after calling for a thorough investigation of NYU’s generous executive compensations—which include cheap mortgages on million-dollar homes, and, yeah, vacation homes—the Senator claims to the New York Times he’s being “stonewalled.” He states that the university denied him access to information on individual loans, as well as copies of the documents he was allowed to review. The university argues that aside from Grassley’s investigation into former NYU EVP and current Treasury Secretary Jack Lew, investigating other specific staffers is “is neither required nor called for.”
So on the one hand, Grassley is investigating this because he’s a Republican, and Lew is Obama’s Treasury secretary. And fuck that, right? He has been singling out NYU to find some kind of political traction from it—whether specific ammo against Obama, or a more amorphous critique of Academic Largesse. NYU’s nonprofit status is the excuse, but of all schools, he picks the one with the political connections (having also investigated Harvard and Yale, though not for months). And really, does a US Senator need to know the specific amounts of individual loans from a private university to its employees? Probably not, honestly. Removed from our outrage, that sort of investigation looks really sketchy. Read more…
According to the NY Post, NYU art history professor Ross Finocchio was arrested on charges of unlawful surveillance, having been discovered at a West Village boutique recording women in the dressing rooms yesterday afternoon.
While in another changing room, Finocchio reportedly hid his camera in a shoe, slipped it under an adjacent door, and waited for women to enter the space.
The first woman, 26, “saw him put something under the door,” she told the NY Post. She and manager Stephanie Williams waited for him to try the stunt again; he did, this time with a 28-year-old. Finocchio did not come out when the manager demanded that he do, and when he “finally” emerged he was “sweating profusely.” Read more…