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A 30-year-old Hispanic man was stabbed outside of Suite on 109th and Amsterdam last night around 1 am (early morning April 10th).

The victim was standing on the corner when three unknown men approached him, according to an NYPD spokesperson. One of the three men stabbed him, and all three fled the scene.

The NYPD stated that the victim sustained several stab wounds to the torso and was “not cooperative with investigators.” He was taken to St. Luke’s Hospital and will likely survive his injuries. The suspects have not been caught and no arrests have been made at this time. It is unclear if the victim is a Columbia student or not.

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Apr

9

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Hope y’all didn’t get CAVA’d this weekend! Here’s how the subway is doing.

1: No planned service changes this week.

2: There will be no 2 trains between 96th and 149th at night between 11:30 pm to 5 am from Monday to Friday.

3: There will be no 3 trains at night between 10:30 pm and 5 am from Monday to Friday.

A: The 110th station is closed until this September.

B:  The 110th station is closed until this September. B train service will end early at 9 pm from Monday to Thursday.

C:  The 110th station is closed until this September. Uptown (168th-bound) C trains will skip every stop from 72nd to 116th.

D: No planned service changes around MoHi this week.

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Apr

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McBain is the definitively the worst dorm on campus. Don’t live here. If you are a rising sophomore whose lottery number isn’t good enough for Nuss, just go to Schapiro. 

Location: 113th and Broadway. 

  • Nearby dorms: Watt, Nussbaum, Frat Row, Carman
  • Stores and restaurants: Milano’s, Junzi, Community, Nussbaum, Panda Express, Morton Williams, Westside, Duane Reade, International, Chase ATM, etc. – pretty much anything near campus on Broadway
    Cost: The cost for upperclassman dorms is standard: $9,538.

Amenities:

  • Bathrooms: Each floor has seven disgusting single-stall bathrooms. People don’t know how to flush or aim. It’s the worst.
  • AC/Heating: Every room has a radiator that may or may not work, depending on what side of the building you’re on. Shaft rooms (true shaft of the building shaft rooms, not the pseudo-shaft between buildings) have AC units, but the rest don’t. It can get really hot in the fall and spring months.
  • Lounge: There is a building lounge on the first floor, and each floor has its own floor lounge. They’re fairly big, but can still get crowded. Floor lounges have AC.
  • Kitchen: Each floor shares a kitchen that’s part of the lounge. The kitchens are pretty spacious if you’re cooking alone, but it gets crowded and annoying to cook around other people. They also get really disgusting because people are horrible and don’t know how to clean up after themselves.
  • Laundry: On the first floor. It doesn’t get horribly busy except when rude inconsiderate people forget to take their laundry out of their machines. It can get disgusting pretty often, which is a running theme in this building.
  • Fire escapes: Haha. No.
  • Bike storage: Nope.
  • Computers/printers: In the first-floor lobby.
  • Gym: A small fitness room (treadmill and ellyptical) on the fourth floor.
  • Intra-transportation: Two smelly, disgusting, slow, unreliable elevators.
  • Hardwood/carpet: Rooms have hardwood, hallways have carpet.

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Apr

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Not sure why you’d go downtown this weekend, since tomorrow is Bacchanal and Sunday will be recovery-from-Bacchanal Day, but here are the planned subway service changes around MoHi this weekend. Happy travels! 

1: No planned service changes this weekend.

2: No planned service changes around MoHi this weekend.

3: No planned service changes this weekend.

A: Uptown (Inwood-bound) A trains will skip every stop from 72nd to 116th at night from 11 pm to 5 am this Friday through Monday.

B: Service will end early at 8:45 pm on Friday.

C: Uptown (168th-bound) C trains will skip every stop from 72nd to 116th on Friday evening from 9:45 pm to 11:15 pm.

D: No planned service changes around MoHi this weekend.

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Apr

2

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This map doesn’t even show MoHi

Things are looking better this week for the MTA, but the bad weather will probably cause delays. The lack of planned changes also seems too good to be true, so expect a lot of delays and mishaps.

1: No planned service changes.

2: No planned service changes.

3: No planned service changes. (Is this real life? The 1/2/3 has returned from war?)

A: Uptown (Inwood-bound) A trains will skip all stops between 72nd and 116th at nights from 11 pm to 5 am this Monday through Friday.

B: Service will end early at 8:45 pm from Monday to Thursday.

C: Uptown (168th-bound) C trains will skip all stops between 72nd and 116th in evenings from 9:45 pm to 11:15 pm from Monday to Thursday.

D: No planned service changes around Morningside Heights.

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Mar

30

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A stellar institution of higher learning or the Gates to Hell?

This is the first installment in Bwog’s new column, Classical Whines, in which Bwog’s resident classics majors will talk about all things classics and give you a wine recommendation. In the first post of this series, you can read Social Media Editor Youngweon Lee’s rant about the Hamilton elevator.

Hamilton Hall, as the main headquarter of Columbia College, houses the Departments of Classics, Slavic Studies, American Studies, Italian, Germanic Languages and Literature, among others. It is also where the Admissions Office and Deantini’s Office are. In addition to classes in the aforementioned academic departments, a lot of classes that could count as general humanities (or not) are held in Hamilton; I’ve had LitHum, CC, FroSci discussion, and various French classes in Hamilton. I also know that even some econ, stats, art hum, etc. classes are held there as well.

So needless to say, there are always a lot of people trying to get places in Hamilton Hall. Yet, the singular elevator in Hamilton is objectively one of the worst elevators on campus. Seeing as the ground floor is actually the second floor, if your class is on the third or fourth (or even fifth, for the ambitious ones among you) floors, you don’t really need an elevator. In fact, if you are someone who is not disabled and you take the elevator to anywhere below the fifth floor during rush hour in Hamilton Hall, there is a special circle in Inferno for you. Sorry, I don’t make the rules.

Read on about the plights of an out-of-shape Classics major

Mar

30

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It’ll definitely take you less time to read this housing review than it will to walk to this Columbia dorm. Carlton Arms may be the farthest dorm, but that Hudson breeze is worth it. 

Location: Riverside between 108th and 109th.

  • Nearby dorms: Nothing… Harmony and 110 (Barnard) maybe?
  • Stores and restaurants: Cascabel Taqueria, West End, Mels, 1020, Duane Reade, Chipotle, Five Guys, Vitamin Shoppe, Westside, Starbucks, Absolute Bagels, etc., etc.

Cost: The cost for upperclassman dorms is standard: $9,538.

Amenities:

  • Bathrooms: Each suite has two bathrooms with two sinks, two stalls, and a shower.
  • AC/Heating: No AC, but the heating is good. It’s too hot sometimes but you can open your window to the Hudson River blowing cool air in your face. The temperature is usually great.
  • Lounge: There aren’t floor lounges the floor, but each suite has a common space.
  • Kitchen: Each suite has one kitchen with an oven, microwave, fridge, stove, and medium cabinet space.
  • Laundry: In the basement of the building, only accessible through an elevator. Normal busy-ness.
  • Fire escapes: There are fire escapes that are accessible but you’re not allowed to go on them.
  • Bike storage: In the basement.
  • Computers/printers: In the first-floor lobby.
  • Gym: On the top floor.
  • Intra-transportation: Two elevators that are decent.
  • Hardwood/carpet: Rooms have hardwood, the rest of the suite has carpet.

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Mar

30

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Is it a bird? Is it a plane? I know it’s definitely not my train!

It’s Easter Weekend! The MTA isn’t resurrecting, though, so here are the service changes for this weekend. As always, please keep in mind that I’m not a fortune teller (yet) and don’t know when the trains will be delayed. If you’re feeling loved today, remember that the MTA hates you. Cheers! 

1: The 1 is running normally this weekend.

2: There are no 2 trains between 96th and 180th from 11:30 pm Friday to 5 am Monday, like last weekend. This doesn’t affect us MoHi residents too much. There are a few other service changes on the website that end at 5 am on Friday, but the way it’s worded, it’s unclear if it’s referring to 5 am on Friday (so all through Thursday night) or 5 am on Saturday (all though Friday night into Saturday morning). None of them affect the immediate MoHi campus too much, though.

3: No 3 trains this weekend from 11:30 pm Friday to 5 am Monday.

A: There doesn’t seem to be service changes on the A this weekend. Is this real life? It will probably be really delayed to make up for it.

B: Also no service changes on the B.

C: I can’t believe this, but also no service changes on the C.

D: Is it time for this column to end? No service changes on the D. I bet it will be super delayed to compensate.

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Mar

28

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Hot sexy housing coverage continues today, starting with this review of East Campus’s townhouses. Seniors who want their own space but don’t want to deal with elevators full of sloppy-drunk freshmen, this one’s for you. 

Location: Technically 70 Morningside Drive, but accessible via Wien Courtyard or Ancel Plaza (aka the above-ground plaza outside Law and IAB).

  • Nearby dorms: Wien and pretty much nothing else.
  • Stores and restaurants: Arts & Crafts, HamDel, Appletree, Friedman’s, SubsConscious, Max Soha, Broadway Liquors (sort of), etc.

Cost: The cost for upperclassman dorms is standard: $9,538.

Amenities:

  • Bathrooms: Each suite has a bathroom with two sinks, a shower, and a toilet in a separate stall. All the townhouses have been renovated, and these bathrooms are really nice.
  • AC/Heating: All EC suites have AC.
  • Lounge: Townhouses don’t have floor lounges like the highrises do. Every suite has a living room type common space that all the EC suites have and hold ragers in.
  • Kitchen: As with the bathrooms, these renovated townhouses have really nice kitchens complete with an oven, stove, dishwasher, sink, microwave, and fridge. They also have a kitchen island that provides ample counter space. Edit 4/2/2018: Housing announced on Friday, April 30th that East Campus residences will not have stoves or ovens during the 2018-2019 academic year. Residents will be offered a hot plate and a microwave as compensation.
  • Laundry: In the basement of the main building. There are a lot of machines, but can get pretty busy.
  • Fire escapes: Nope.
  • Bike storage: Available underneath EC in the Wien Courtyard.
  • Computers/printers: There are computer lounges with one printer each on floors 10 and 18 in the main building, and there are two printers in the lobby.
  • Gym: Treadmills, bikes, and ellipticals on floors 8 and 16 in the main building.
  • Intra-transportation: Townhouses have weird floor systems with half floors within the staircases (with the staircases in the EC courtyard). No elevators for townhouses. There are two elevators in the main building that move pretty quickly but make frequent stops.
  • Hardwood/carpet: All hardwood.

But can i get a single?

Mar

26

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Is it a bird? Is it a plane? I know it’s definitely not my train!

Another week of MTA acting a fool is upon us. Here are the planned subway service changes around Morningside Heights this week for your commuting convenience. 

1: Downtown 1 trains will run express from 96th to Chambers St from 9:45 pm to 5 am Monday through Friday. If you’re trying to get to any 1 local stops, you’re essentially going to have to go to an express stop and go back uptown.

2: There seem to be no service changes on the 2 this week but the website looks funky today so no guarantees.

3: There are no 3 trains from 11:45 pm to 5 am Monday through Friday.

A: Downtown (Ozone Park/Far Rockaway-bound) A trains are skipping all stops between 116th and 72nd from 10 pm to 5 am Monday through Friday.

B: Service ends early at 9 pm Monday through Thursday.

C: Downtown (Euclid Ave-bound) C trains are skipping all stops between 116th and 72nd from 9:45 pm to 10:30 pm Monday through Thursday.

D: No service changes around MoHi this week.

Not My Train via Bwog Archives

Mar

24

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With this guide, you can know how to act at 1020.

Q: Who is allowed to sit at the couches?

A: Anyone! First come first serve.

Q: How do you claim a booth?

A: You can wait for someone to leave and pounce, or you can find a booth with 1-2 people and ask if you can join them. If you choose the latter, you can either befriend the original inhabitants or be as loud and obnoxious as you can until they leave.

Q: Where am I supposed to put my coat?

A: There is a coat rack by the men’s bathroom, but there’s no guarantee that your coat will still be there when you come back for it. I recommend just holding onto it.

Q: Should I befriend the bartenders? 

A: Yes! If you go to 1020 anytime on a weekday or before peak hour on the weekend, the full-time bartenders will be there. During weekend peak hours, student bartenders are usually there. They are all great people!

Q: Will that help me get free drinks?

A: Maybe, but that shouldn’t be your reason for befriending the bartenders and you shouldn’t feel entitled to free drinks because you know them.

Q: Why are the bathrooms the way they are?

A: They are better bathrooms than any dive bar bathroom I’ve been to downtown. The location might seem illogical when the bar is packed, but if you go during off-peak hours, you’ll see that it’s fine where it is. Besides, where else could they put it?

Q: How can you get the bartender’s attention?

A: During peak hours, keep in mind that the bartenders each have like 20 other people trying to get their attention at once. Push through the couples making out and get to the bar, then send telepathy at them until they come to you.

Q: Do they have a movie schedule or playlist?

A: They usually play movies that can be watched with the sound off (action movies, old mafia movies, crime movies, etc.) – “nothing too cerebral,” as a woman sitting at the bar said when I went to ask. Otherwise, it’s completely random. No schedule, no playlist.

Q: How close can you sit next to a stranger on the bench/couch area in the back without being rude? 

A: There are two situations in which it’s socially acceptable to sit right next to a stranger: if you’re interested, and if it’s completely packed. Otherwise, leave at least one seat between you and the stranger for personal space.

Q: How hard can I push someone?

A: Hard enough to push past to get where you’re going, but not hard enough to spill their drink.

Q: What are the best drinks?

A: Yuengling is cheap ($4) and a lot better than PBR, so if you’re trying to get a beer, it’s a good bang for your buck. The cider is Stella, so it’s more expensive ($6) but I like it a lot. Apparently, if you’re on a diet, a vodka club is the way to go, but it tastes like watered down vodka. It’s so gross. If you’re trying to get wasted and make some bad decisions, get a Long Island Iced Tea. If you want a generic drink that doesn’t taste too much like alcohol to sip on, you have your vodka cran, vodka sour, whiskey sour, gin and tonic (bottom shelf gin, of course!), etc. If you’re trying to buy shots, you’re dumb; why didn’t you take shots at the pregame?

Q: Why is 1020 better than Mel’s? 

A: Because you’ll find me there on any given weekend night.

If you have any other questions, leave a comment or email youngweon@bwog.com and we will add it to the post.

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Mar

23

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When will the 2/3 return from war? The world may never know. Here are the planned service changes around Morningside Heights for this weekend. #NotMyMTA

1: The 1 will supposedly be running normally. Sounds fake, but okay. Obviously, this doesn’t include delays and whatnot. There are just no planned service changes.

2: The 2/3 is on some funky shit this weekend. Does this mean they will be running normally (with downtown express trains!) in the near future? One can only hope. Meanwhile, this weekend, there will be no 2 trains between 96th and 180th from 11:30 pm on Friday to 5 am on Monday. This doesn’t affect most of us MoHi dwellers too much since we usually transfer to the 1 at 96th anyway. As far as I can tell, the downtown 2 will be running express between 96th and Times Square. Big if true.

3: There are no 3 trains from 11:30 pm on Friday to 5 am on Monday. Again, this doesn’t affect us MoHi residents too much but be aware that the 2 will be your only express train option on the red line.

A: Downtown (Ozone Park/Far Rockaway-bound) A trains will skip 155th, 135th, and all stops between 116th and 72nd at night from 10 pm Friday to 5 am Monday. “At night” in MTA talk means midnight to 6 am. Pro tip: this means if you’re trying to go downtown, if you take the A from 125th, it becomes a super express all the way to 59th.

B: On Friday, service will end early at 9 pm.

C: Downtown (Euclid Ave-bound) C trains will skip 155th, 135th, and all stops between 116th and 72nd on Friday evening between 9:45 pm and 10:30 pm. Pro tip: this means if you’re trying to go downtown, if you take the C from 125th, it becomes a super express all the way to 59th.

D: No planned changes on the D near Morningside Heights this weekend.

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Mar

22

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What happens in Hewitt stays in Hewitt

Hewitt’s B rating is just a way to hide from the CC boys that they have better scrambled eggs than John Jay and better avocado toasts (on Tuesdays) than Ferris. That is all.

Hewitt’s secret via Bwog Archives

Mar

19

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Is it a bird? Is it a plane? I know it’s definitely not my train!

Hope you had a great break in a place that has a better transportation system than the MTA! Now you’re back in New York City, where evil (MTA) reigns. Here are the planned service changes around Morningside Heights for this week.

1: No planned changes for the 1 this week! It will stop doing that weird two-section operation where it skips Columbia’s campus.

2: The 2 will run local between 96th and Chamber Street in both directions at night after 10 pm from Monday to Thursday.

3: No planned changes for the 3! Take the 3 express instead of the 2 local when you’re going downtown at night this week.

A: No planned changes near MoHi for the A!

B: Service will end early at 9 pm from Monday to Thursday.

C: No planned changes near MoHi for the C!

D: No planned changes near MoHi for the D!

Not my train via Bwog Archives

Mar

9

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Is it a bird? Is it a plane? I know it’s definitely not my train!

The Weekender is back! For those of you who are staying in New York this weekend, here are the service changes planned for this weekend. 

1: It seems like the 1 will be running normally. The usual inevitable delays aside, it will make stops at 110th, 116th, and those other stops that are important to us.

2: The downtown 2 will run local from 96th to Times Square from 10 pm Friday to 5 am Monday. No use transferring from the 1 when you go on that Tinder date downtown.

3: The downtown 3 is also running local. You might as well stay uptown since it will take about 2000 years to make it downtown with no express trains.

A: The downtown (Ozone Park/Far Rockaway-bound) A will skip every stop from 116th to 72nd during Late Night (which is defined as midnight to 6 am) from 10 pm Friday to 5 am Monday (normally, the A runs local at night). It will also skip some more stops south of 72nd but that’s not relevant to MoHi.

B: Service will end early at 9 pm this Friday (today).

C: On Friday from 9:45 pm to 10:30 pm the downtown (Euclid Ave-bound) C will be skipping every stop from 116th to 72nd.

D: From 9:30 pm Friday to 5 am Monday, the downtown (Coney-Island-bound) D will run local via the C from 145th to W 4th, which means it won’t do that sweet jump from Columbus Circle to 125th, but it will stop at 116th, 110th, 103rd, etc. on Manhattan Ave.

Subway via Bwog Archives

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