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Viewssss from suite 12A2!

600 West 116th Street, or the dorm above Shake Shack, is a conveniently located Barnard housing option. But it has a number of inconveniences, too. Read on to weigh the pros and cons.

Location: 600 West 116th Street.

  • Nearby dorms: 616, 620, the Quad, Shapiro.
  • Stores and restaurants: Shake Shack, Pret à Manger, University Stationary, MoWill, Sweetgreen.
  • Cost: The costs for Barnard rooms haven’t been released yet, but last year they were $9,510 for multiple occupancy and $11,038 for single occupancy. Next year, single and multiple prices will be the same.

Amenities:
Bathrooms: Each suite has one bathroom. Some are newly renovated/modern.
AC/Heating: Heating but no AC.
Lounge: There’s a lounge on the second floor. Suites have a common dining room space.
Kitchen: Each suite has one kitchen with an oven, fridge, and stove.
Laundry: On the second floor. Requires the Barnard laundry card.
Computers/printers: Down the street, in the lobby of 616.
Gym: None. Go to the Barnard gym, a short walk away.
Intra-transportation: Two elevators that are notoriously slow and constantly break.
Hardwood/carpet: Hardwood throughout. Linoleum in kitchen and tile in bathroom.
WiFi: Yes, Barnard WiFi.

Room variety:

  • Mostly doubles, some singles (generally for the RA)
  • Check out the floorplans to see suite layouts!

Numbers:

Mostly juniors will get 600, with some sophomores. Seniors generally don’t want to live here because they prefer singles.

Bwog recommendation:

600 is super conveniently located, but it’s also old and some suites have been known to have mice problems. It’s also hard to get a single, if that’s what you want.

On the flip side, some suites have killer views, and if you get one of those, you’ve lucked out! Plus, you can host dinner parties in your dining room if your suite mates are down.

Resident opinions:

  • “The elevators are f****** slow. Be prepared to wait a lot, or climb.”
  • “Keep clean because there are mice. A lot of them.”
  • “Make friends with George, the maintenance guy!”
  • “Lots of mice!!”

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Want to be close to Riverside Park and don’t mind walking up hills? Woodbridge has everything you need.

Location:
Nearby dorms: St. A’s, Schapiro, the 600s, River (sort of).
Stores and restaurants: Morton William’s, a halal cart, Sweetgreen, Starbucks, Shake Shack, Pret.

Cost: standardized to $9,538 per year

Amenities:

  • Bathrooms: Sink, toilet, and bathtub, one per suite. Cleaned once a week by Facilities.
  • AC/Heating: Heating, but no AC.
  • Kitchen/Lounge: Each suite has its own kitchen. There are no floor lounges, but each suite has a large room that can be used as a common space or a second bedroom.
  • Laundry: Free; in the basement.
  • Fire Escapes: None.
  • Gym: There’s a fitness room on the first floor.
  • Bike Storage: None.
  • Intra-transportation: One slow elevator; stairs.
  • Hardwood/Carpet: Linoleum in the kitchens, carpet in the rest of the suite. (Unless you’re in one of the rare renovated suites, which have hardwood floors.)

Room variety:

  • There are six singles and 78 doubles, but most residents make their common space a bedroom to create two singles.
  • Housing divides the suites into low demand, medium demand, and high demand suites for lottery purposes.
  • High demand: H, K, C lines. H and C suites face the river and have plenty of large windows. K suites face 114th and are slightly larger.
  • Low demand: G, D, I lines. G and D suites are shafted and I suites face 114th, but they’re all small.
  • Medium demand: all the others.

Numbers:

  • High demand 2017 cutoff: 30/2503
  • Medium demand 2017 cutoff: 20/157
  • Low demand 2017 cutoff: 20/2820

Bwog recommendation:

Woodbridge is a great option for rising seniors who want an apartment-style living space. You only have to share the kitchen and bathroom with one other person. There are also some amazing views from the higher floors, and if you like Riverside Park the location can’t be beat. The hill from Riverside to Broadway along 115th is not a small one and can feel interminable, especially in the winter. The suites feel quite cozy.

Resident opinions:

  • “Walk along Riverside for classes on the north end of campus. It’s beautiful and nice to be close to nature.”
  • “Facilities fixes stuff very quick, but there do seem to be chronic problems with heating.”
  • “Woodbridge is great for hosting if you live in one of the bigger suites.”
  • “Because there’s no floor lounge, it’s hard to feel a sense of community in the building.”
  • “The water pressure is really good.”
  • “I’ve heard no complaints of rats/mice/bugs.”

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Bwog knows about that middle school dance concert. Bwog knows your shame.

New York City is packed with amazing culture and inspiring art, but sometimes it’s difficult to break the Morningside-bubble and experience it all first-hand. “Where Art Thou” is a weekly guide to interesting and notable lectures, events, and performances for the literary/musically/theatrically-inclined on campus.

On Campus:

  • On Thursday through Saturday, head to the Glicker-Milstein theater at 8 PM to see Asterisk: A New Play. The story focuses on recently-out Nadia, whose attempt to write a play about three historical trans figures is complicated when the figures appear in Nadia’s room – and they’re not too happy. Tickets pay what you want.
  • This Friday, April 6 at 8 PM and 10:30 PM, check out Orchesis’ Spring 2018 show, “What I’ve Been Looking fORCHESIS” in Roone. Orchesis is CU’s largest, all-inclusive performing arts group. Tickets $6 with CUID.
  • On Saturday, the Barnard Dance Department is hosting its inaugural dance-film festival, Moving Body: Moving Image. Featuring Oscar-nominated producer Lisa Cortes, the festival will focus on the brown body and its representation on screen. More info and RSVP here.

Off Campus:

  • This weekend, April 7-8, head down to the Brooklyn Bazaar for the Oddities Flea Market! This exceptional market features medical history ephemera, anatomical curiosities, natural history items, osteological specimens, taxidermy, obscure home decor, jewelry, one-of-a-kind dark art, and more. General admission $5.

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Home sweet home.

So you’ve heard mixed reviews about Plimpton: but what is Plimpton really all about? In this housing review, we break down everything that you need to know before living in Plimpton.

Location: 1235 Amsterdam Ave (between 120th and 121st on Amsterdam)

Nearby dorms: EC and Wien

Stores and restaurants: Appletree Deli, Friedman’s, Maxx Café

Cost: $9,510 per double, $11,038 for a single.

Amenities:

  • Bathrooms: 1 per suite
  • AC/Heating: AC and heat is available in Plimpton! You’re able to adjust the heat depending on the day so that you’re not sweating on an unusually warm winter day.
  • Kitchen/Lounge: I decent sized kitchen with a nice dinner table and chairs. Plimpton has a TV lounge, a computer lab and a piano lounge on the first floor.
  • Laundry: There are 6 washing machines and 6 dryers in the basement. They are pretty run down, and often there are washing machines that are broken.
  • Fire Escapes: No fire escapes.
  • Gym: Prepare to haul ass to Barnard Gym or suck it up and walk to Dodge. A nice run along Amsterdam or Morningside Park is pretty nice too.
  • Bike Storage: No.
  • Intra-transportation: Two elevators and two flights of stairs.
  • Hardwood/Carpet: Plimpton got an upgrade! There are nice new (fake) hardwood floors.

Is Plimpton worth it?

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Malala is our kween!

Happening in the World: Malala Yousafazi returned to Pakistan for the first time since getting shot in the head by the Taliban in 2012. Her return was kept a secret, mainly for security purposes. She remains in Pakistan, and she will not return to the Swat Valley, the place where she was shot. (NBC)

Happening in the US: The U.S. state department may begin to require visa applicants to provide details of social media accounts used within the last five years. Additionally, they would be asked to provide the past five years’ worth of telephone numbers, email addresses, and travel history. (BBC)

Happening in NYC: School suspensions in New York schools rose 21 percent in the last months of 2017, the education department recently reported. In September, 1,317 students were suspended, which rose to 4,398 in the next month. (NYT)

Happening on Campus: The Asian Pacific American History Month (APAHM) Opening Ceremony is happening tonight from 7:00 to 10:30 pm in the Diana Event Oval. Christine Ha, also known as the Blind Cook, a Vietnamese-American chef, will be speaking, and free dinner and refreshments will be provided. Check out the Facebook event here.

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