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Say goodbye to off-campus Flex at two of its previous locations: Samad’s Gourmet, and the dubiously sanitary Amir’s.

Oh and one other thing: It’s not them, it’s you. According to Michael Novielli of Student Auxiliary and Business Services (heretofore known as SABS), “neither establishment had the volume of Flex business it had hoped for.”



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amirsRejoice! Mediocre falafel purveyor Amir’s has opened back up after getting beat down last week by the Department of Health.

Bwog ventured into the newly-scrubbed feeling establishment to query the proprietor as to whether his food was, in fact, safe to eat. He assured us it was, and that the issue had been “just a refrigerator problem.”

We hope so!



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Terrible, terrible news as Morningside standby Amir’s has been shuttered due to health code violations. And it only violated 11 points’ worth of your health during its last inspection in January.

Bwog tried calling the ill-fated falafel distributor for comment, but after a few rings, the phone just cut off.  Close-up of the notice and the Department of Health’s list of grievances–and the fate of Amir’s!–after the jump.




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To all the Columbia students who will find themselves being signed into here next year: you’re in luck. Barnard first year resident hall is one of the luckiest with AC, controlled heating, and amazing natural light. In this totally unbiased review written by Bwoggers-by-day and Sulz-residents-by-night Cara Hudson-Erdman and Idris O’Neill, read more about what the hall holds for you.

Location: The Barnard quad (3009 Broadway)

Nearby dorms: Brooks, Reid, and Hewitt form the rest of the quad. It’s also close to the 600s, Elliott, and Furnald (Columbia).

Stores and restaurants: Morton Williams, Shake Shack, Sweetgreen, Amir’s

Cost: Barnard hasn’t released room rates for 2018-2019, but this year’s was $9,510

Amenities: You can access anything located within the quad without leaving the building– this includes Primary Care, Furman Counseling Center, practice rooms in the basement, Brooks and Sulzberger study lounges, Brooks piano lounge, and WBAR. It’s also steps from Hewitt dining hall, as well as Barnard Hall. There’s also a nice lounge on the first floor that’s basically a waiting area for guests.

  • Bathrooms: 2 shared bathrooms on each floor, one women-only and one gender-neutral. Sulz-Reid residents will have access to one bathroom on their floor, usually near an RA’s room (RIP crazy nights)
  • AC/Heating: Sulz has AC and heating! You lucked out! It’s just one machine that switches over in mid-October. People will flock to your room for it – November will be a great time to discover who your real friends are when the heating is on.
  • Kitchen/Lounge: One lounge on each floor shared by the entire quad floor– includes a kitchen but no fridge, so bring a mini-fridge.
  • Laundry: 2 laundry rooms on each floor, and costs 2.50 for a full wash-dry cycle. Res Life is trying to introduce free laundry systems, so look out for that!
  • Fire Escapes/Bike Storage: You don’t need a bike when your entire campus is a city block.
  • So what’s the printer situation like?



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Broadway – the view from 114th street

Think of Broadway Hall as the alternate-universe version of Wien — it’s mostly singles, but it’s clean and well-located. Senior Staff Writer and former Broadway resident Ross Chapman takes you through one of the nicer corridor-style dorms on campus.

Location: 556 West 114th Street, on the southeast corner of 114th and Broadway. The building is connected to Hogan Hall and sits next to the Beta Theta Pi house on Frat Row.

Nearby dorms: Hogan, Carman, Ruggles, McBain, Watt, 114th Brownstones

Stores and restaurants: The closest places to get quick food include Strokos, Amir’s, Sweetgreen, Nussbaum & Wu, and Junzi Kitchen. The closest sit-down restaurants are Tom’s Restaurant, Community, and Le Monde. Morton Williams is your closest grocery, but Westside Market isn’t too far out of the way. Duane Reade will be your go-to pharmacy.

Cost: All Columbia upperclassman housing will cost $9,538 next year. Previously, the dorm was on the cheaper side at $8,166/year.


  • Bathrooms: Four dormitory-style bathrooms on each floor, two assigned male and two assigned female (talk to your RA about setting up one as a gender-neutral space). Bathrooms are located close to the elevator. Bathrooms on the third and fourth floors are larger to accommodate the higher number of residents. The individual shower stalls (2 per bathroom) are neither flashy nor large, so consider this a big minus compared to suite-style living.
  • AC/Heating: Broadway has both air conditioning and heating. While the building controls whether the heat or AC is on, residents can control the fan speed. No dealing with radiators here!
  • Storage: Rooms contain a desk, a chest of drawers, and a small closet. Broadway does not give residents furniture bookshelves, but it does supply adjustable wall-shelves as compensation.
  • Kitchen: One small kitchen (approx. 100 square feet) per floor. Kitchens have ample cooking space (two ovens/eight electric stove burners), but can get short on counter space and are hard to use when multiple people are cooking at once. The kitchen has storage space, but how much of that you’ll get to use depends on the other people on your floor. No seating in the kitchen.
  • Lounge: Each floor has a large, half-octagon lounge with two tables, four wooden chairs, one sofa, and two overstuffed chairs. They’re nice spaces to eat, hand out, and watch TV, but there’s often at least one group in most lounges, so you shouldn’t expect privacy. Aside from floor lounges, there’s a first floor lounge/meeting space with a large table and about a dozen chairs (often used by student groups) and two sky lounges on the 14th floor, one of which is dedicated for studying.
  • Laundry: The basement laundry room features 11 washers and 9 dryers. It’s pretty well-sized considering the number of residents (about 350), but it will occasionally take a couple of tries to find an open machine.
  • Computers/Printers: A computer lab on the third floor features eight computers and one printer, and there’s another printer in the building’s lobby.
  • Gym: The gym on the fourth floor is pretty bare, with two treadmills, one bike, and one elliptical. Bring your own entertainment, as the gym has no television. It can get pretty stuffy and sweaty in there, as well.
  • Transportation: Three big, fast, beautiful elevators will take you all the way from the basement to the 14th floor in style with fancy wood panels. They do show wear, though, as the side handles are damaged.
  • Hardwood/Carpet: Lounges and hallways are carpeted, while individual rooms are paneled with wood.
  • Wi-Fi: Yes, and it doesn’t generally have any connection issues.
  • Miscellaneous: The second floor features four music practice rooms which you can access by borrowing a key from Dodge Hall for the semester. Since they’re locked, they’re generally free for individual or small-group practice. The building also has a CPS office with Tuesday evening drop-in hours.

More on Broadway after the jump.



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Oh MoHi!

It’s easy to get too used to the familiar sights we see around Morningside Heights: that one Indian food truck, that gang of pigeons, that other gang of pigeons… We here at Bwog believe that these familiar sights may still have hidden gems. Whether you’ve walked past this shop a hundred times and never been in, Bwog has compiled a list of those MoHi stores you love to pretend don’t exist. Maybe you should go into one next time.

  • Amir’s: Their hummus is so good, also the people that work there are great.
  • Book Culture: Sell your books here, buy your books here.
  • Franny and Fanny’s: They have creepy baby dolls on like 112th and Broadway.
  • Häagen-Dazs: Expensive ice cream.
  • International
  • Jack’s Art Gallery: Their frames always look so nice… but so expensive.
  • Mondel Chocolates: Katharine Hepburn’s go to choc!
  • Park’s Shoe Repair: Mr Park’s a really good cobbler and gives you discounts if you’re Korean!
  • Pressed Juicery: Gentrification exemplified, but their Freezes are so good.
  • That bakery place under the Heights
  • That one flower store on Broadway and 112th
  • The party store
  • Shaking Crab
  • SubsConscious: Subalicious delicious!
  • Vitamin Shoppe: On 110th and Broadway… what even is this store?



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A nice view from Broadway of the 114th street brownstone backyards.

Worrying about where you’re gonna live next semester as beautiful dorms are slowly taken from you? Don’t fret, Bwog has got you covered with another Housing Review: Broadway Hall!

Location: 556 West 114th Street

Nearby dorms: Hogan, Carman, Ruggles, 114th Brownstones

Stores and restaurants: Amir’s, M2M, Sweetgreen, Nussbaum and Wu, anything on Broadway pretty much.

Cost: Now following the standard upperclass dorm price of $9,292. The dorm was priced at $$8,166/year last year.


  • Bathrooms: Shared bathrooms, two for men and two for women, on each floor. Multiple single-use bathrooms on ground floor past the lobby.
  • AC/Heating: Air conditioning and heating. Heating is infamous for being too hot when unneeded, not hot enough when required.
  • Kitchen: Shared kitchens on each floor. Kitchen is pretty sparse, though, with a stove, microwave, and sink.
  • Lounge: There’s a lounge on each floor, with a TV. Two large lounges, including a “sky lounge,” on 14th floor. Also an open lounge with adjacent seating (looking over 114th Brownstone backyards) on ground level.
  • Laundry: There’s a medium-sized laundry room in the basement.
  • Computers/Printers: A PawPrint printer is located on the ground level outside the building lounge.
  • Gym: Gym newly renovated on 4th floor of building.
  • Floor transportation: Two fast elevators in the Broadway portion of the Hogan-Broadway complex.
  • Hardwood/Carpet: No carpeting in building.
  • Wi-Fi: Yes.
  • Miscellaneous: There are 4 music practice rooms in Broadway, and a seminar room on the ground floor. The Residential Life offices for West Campus and The Block are located in Broadway as well.

More on Broadway after the jump



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Rising seniors, this is one of the dorms you have been waiting for. In preparation for in-person selection this Monday, we present the only building that houses only seniors: Hogan!

Location: 566 W. 114th Street, but if you want to order food use the Broadway address (556 W. 114th Street)

This is Hogan.

Nearby dorms: Broadway, Ruggles, Carman, Furnald, John Jay, Frat Row, Schapiro (if you think that is close)

Stores and Restaurants: International, Bernheim and Schwartz, Häagen Dazs, Strokos, Book Culture, Amir’s, basically anything you want.

Cost: $9,292/year


  • Bathrooms: Private Shower and toilet room per suite, the shower and the toilet are in separate rooms (revolutionary!)
  • AC/Heating: No AC
  • Kitchen: One kitchen per suite with a dishwasher
  • Lounges: A study lounge, TV lounge, and computer lab in the lobby.
  • Laundry: Available in 7th floor
  • Gym: no gym in the Hogan building but you can use Broadway’s gym in the 4th floor
  • Intra-transportation: 1 elevator
  • Hardwood/Carpet: No carpet, except in the hallways
  • Bike storage: Available in 1st floor but honestly who needs one when you live this close to campus?

Click here for more information on Hogan



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Jay… don’t do it….

Day three of Reading Week, and the livin’ is easy. Just joking, we’re all dying. Just remember: your week isn’t going as badly as Ted Cruz’s is! And you don’t even have to kill all those people–being the Zodiac Killer must be hard work…

Bwogline: If you haven’t been listening to Beyonce’s Lemonade on repeat this entire week, we don’t know what to say to you. If you have, just know that Jay Z is reportedly working on a “response” to the album, which some critics have been calling a “diss track” directed at him. How is he going to respond? Some potential lyrics he could rap: “Hey Beyonce I am sorry/So so sorry/Please love me/Make your fans stop tweeting me with death threats/Thanks honey.” (Missopen)

Study Tip: Fill your body with food that’s actually good-tasting/moderately healthy/affordable: try a falafel sandwich from Amir’s. Under $6 gets you the best falafel this side of 96th street. Make sure to drink lots of water to wash that down! No one likes that kid who passes out in Butler and creates a traffic jam as they’re taken out on a gurney…

Procrastinate: If you’ve never heard of Mirek’s Cellebration, read this and watch until your eyes stream with the kind of patterns you were seeing an hour into your last Chem exam, but prettier. (This requires a non-OS X computer–time to haul your sorry butt into the “study lounge!” Or, you could just watch this video. Either one).

Music: A classic to get you subtly shaking in the ref room. This may look disturbing to nearby students, shake it with caution.

Overheard: A desk attendant defending Bernie’s advanced age saying “We all voted for Obama cause he looked young you know we could relate to him, then two years into the presidency he starts looking like Obi-Wan Kenobi and shit, people AGE MAN.” Real.

Queen Bey via Wikimedia Commons 




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Bwog rly feels this aesthetic, hall of Barnard dorm

Spring 2015, we’re back out our winter break coma, and we look to none other than Kanye on how to properly get back into the demanding upkeep of the Columbia social scene. Whether you can hold your liquor or not, send in next weekend’s flops and successes to

Can’t hold your liquor/weekend flops:

  • “Got off at the 14th street L stop, thought I was seeing things because there are these creepy little bronze gnomes all over.”
  • “Got my fake taken away by a real smug bouncer at Webster Hall (precautionary tale for everyone). He claimed he’d give it back to me for a cute service fee $40.”
  • “Went to Amir’s where I encountered a woman dressed entirely in beige, who was having a long (and loud) conversation with herself about demons, transubstantiation, hell, etc. She paid for her meal in coins.”
  • “Went to Mel’s on Thursday for the first time ever. Drunk me thought it was cute to buy a $34 bottle of champagne.”
  • “Ate Morton sushi. Slump is too real.”
  • “My roommate left for a party explicitly saying to herself, ‘I am not bringing my fake so I can go to sleep at a reasonable hour!’ Returned to our room two hours later to retrieve ‘omg I am so drunk how could I forget my’ fake and then went on to Mel’s.”
  • “Watched CU men’s basketball team put up a tough fight against Cornell (also got a free shirt out of it).”
  • “Got a little too into a Britney Spears singalong.”

Can hold your liquor/tales of success:

  • “Slept through a ski team bus!”
  • “Actually had a good time at Carman party? Maybe that is because I peaced after a little over an hour.”
  • “Did my laundry for the first time since being back.”
  • “Prepped for interviews. Talked to the guys in my hall about interviews. All is interviews.”



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Housing approacheth. And, unless you’re on top of it, it’s probably coming up sooner than you think. Bwog’s got you covered; we’ll be rolling out two housing reviews per day until no residence hall is left un-reviewed. Prepare to get (even more) excited: this year, we’re reviewing Barnard residence halls, too. Reviews for all! Today’s residence hall is… Hogan!


Location: 566 W. 114th St. (though it shares an entrance with Broadway)

  • Nearby dorms: Broadway, Carman, Ruggles, all them brownstones, and it’s not too far from McBain and Watt.
  • Shops and stores: Super close to Lerner and Butler, across the streets from Amir’s, Havana, and International.  It’s a great spot since it’s close to campus but has access to the wonderful world of Broadway.

learn more about Ho-Ho-Hogan



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Natalie Robehmed

Natalie Robehmed

Next in the never-ending stream of Senior Wisdoms: Natalie Robehmed, a former WBAR staff member who eats beer for dinner and loves a red lighthouse. 

Name, Hometown, School: Natalie Robehmed, Dubai, U.A.E., Columbia College (not “the” college.)

Claim to fame? WBAR DJ/staff member emeritus; New Poetry person; loud laugher.

Where are you going? Joining the lemming migration to Brooklyn, hopefully making a living spilling ink. (makeitrain.gif)

3 things you learned at Columbia:

  • 1. Beer can be both a meal and a drink. Thank you, 1020.
  • 2. Surrounding yourself with people who love you will get you through almost anything. Columbia (and the world!) is a difficult place, but you should, can and WILL find communities to make it worthwhile. S/O all my fams #nonewfriends. Also, CPS.
  • 3. “All your hours are wings that beat through space from self to self.” That one’s Khalil Gibran, but I think I figured out what the passage means to me in the past four years. It is possible to effect meaningful and tangible change on student bodies and within student groups, even if it feels as though you are grasping at thin air most semesters. As for the self-to-self, people will probably forget what you say in class and do on campus, but they might remember how you make them feel. I learned not to feel obligated to stick to my chosen hours — it’s okay to change activities or majors, just as it’s okay to alter your courseload for a semester and intern, or to take time off. Some of the most important minutes for my own self have been spent skipping class to sleep, bike or read (sorry, Music History). “Life is slow dying,” carpe diem, hold fast to the spirit of youth etc. etc. but really — pour yourself into Columbia; don’t get lost in it. You’ll do just fine.

Back in my day…. Amir’s was gross, Campo was grosser, O’Connells was Cannons, NSOP was dominated by frat parties on 114th, JJs Place had no Jamba Juice, 8.40am class didn’t exist, Cardomat and original Four Loko did. Senior wisdom asked about the “War on Fun” rather than CU Admirers.




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Once again, you can count on Bwog to deliver your annual housing reviews. Here’s the beginning of our series, so you aren’t such a lost puppy when choosing where you’re going to live. 

Location: 2900 Broadway (actual entrance on 114th, shared with Hogan)

  • Nearby dorms: Hogan, Ruggles, Carman, not far from McBain and Watt. Broadway shares an entrance with Hogan.
  • Stores and restaurants: Close to Lerner and Butler, across the street from Amir’s, Havana, and importantly International. Morton’s is only a block away across Broadway. Generally one of the most prized locations—it’s close to campus and still provides easy access to the many food and shopping locations on Broadway.


  • $6,718 (same as Furnald, McBain, Schapiro, Wien)


  • Bathrooms: Corridor-style, so shared M/F bathrooms… but there are two of each per floor!
  • AC/Heating: AC and heat.
  • Kitchen/Lounge: Each floor has a decently-sized kitchen/lounge combo that has two separate stoves, a dishwasher, a microwave, and a large flatscreen TV. The kitchens are getting new countertops and cabinets this year. Broadway’s skylounge is easily the best around. There’s also a large first-floor lounge with ample space for group studying.
  • Laundry: In basement.
  • Computers/Printers: Computer lab with printer on the third floor. Printer prone to be fussy.
  • Gym: No gym.
  • Intra-transportation: Three blazing-fast elevators. They have a tendency to malfunction at odd hours of the day… but still, there’s three elevators.
  • Hardwood/Carpet: Hardwood/laminate.

Room variety:

  • Most floors have three doubles, one of which is pretty spacious (200 sq. ft.)
  • Rest of the rooms are singles: exterior (more desirable) and interior (shaft, less desirable). Sizes range from a cozier 95 sq. ft. to an extravagant 120 sq. ft.


  • Seniors can get the large singles, with juniors snagging up the less desirable ones.
  • Doubles generally go to sophomores.

Bwog recommendation:

If you’re a senior and in General Selection, Broadway pretty much guarantees you decent housing. Juniors in General Selection should look at Broadway before Schapiro or Wien, given the amenities, room sizes, and proximity to campus and shops/restaurants. For sophomores, large doubles in Broadway are a good alternative to Furnald or McBain. Click for resident opinions and some photos.



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After surviving last night’s storm/Facebook being down, you’re probably ready to venture outside to assess the damage.  While we were lucky in Morningside Heights, some locations remain closed.  Check back for further updates!

Closed: Amir’s, Starbucks, Uni Cafe, Liz’s Place, Crumbs, Havana Central, Brad’s, Cafe 212, Cafe East, Butler Cafe, Camille’s, Community, Mill, Le Monde, Pinkberry, Nussbaum & Wu, Chipotle, Five Guys, 1020, Bistro 1018

“SEVERE WEATHER UPDATE: Please disregard the “What’s Open Now” sidebar.  John Jay Dining Hall will be the only dining unit open Wednesday, October 31st and Thursday, November 1st from 8am to 8pm, and Friday, November 2nd from 8am to 2pm.  All meal plan and non-meal plan students/staff (pay cash or credit card) are accepted.” – Columbia Dining

Luckily, most places are open!

  • Campo
  • Mel’s
  • The Heights
  • Tap A Keg
  • Abbey (opens at 4)
  • Lion’s Head
  • Cannons
  • Pourhouse
Restaurants and Cafes: 
  • Hungarian Pastry Shop
  • Deluxe
  • Tom’s
  • Koronet’s
  • Roti-Roll
  • Taquiera
  • Thai Market
  • Silver Moon
  • Oren’s
  • Vine
  • Tea Magic
  • Ollie’s



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Todd NelsonName, Hometown, School, Major: Todd Nelson, Winston-Salem, North Carolina.  Double Major in Environmental Science and American History

Claim to Fame? Worked with some great friends building the Columbia environmental community (<3<3<3), CUE leader

Where are you going? I’m part of the inaugural Venture for America class (holla at CU fellows Derek Turner and Jim Kahmann!!) so for the next 2 years I’ll be working in renewable energy entrepreneurship.

Three things you learned at Columbia:

  1. I learned how to respect others and receive criticism- One of the great things about coming to Columbia is that your big head gets deflated after kicking everybody’s ass in high school with how great you are at everything (amirite?).
  2. I learned what I like to do: Turns out it’s what I had already been doing on campus- start and build organizations to solve environmental problems- in the real world, that’s called green start-ups.
  3. I’ve learned what loyalty looks like and what betrayal looks like, how good friends treat you when you need it, and how people like to be treated. Advice from me to you- learn what these look like for you, it’s different for everyone.

“Back in my day…” NoNoCo – and Pinnacle baked ziti. Uni Caf*ck that.

Justify your existence in 30 words or less: I think big, therefore I am.

Is the War on Fun over? Who won? Any war stories? The theory on the War on Fun, by my suitemate John Ox, crushes all theories on the War on Fun. Read it and free yourselves.

Would you rather give up oral sex or cheese? I haven’t eaten meat in 4 years. Cheese is no biggie. My loyalty remains firmly with oral sex.

Advice for the class of 2016: Build something or work with others to build something – whether it is a community on campus, a student organization, a project, or a cause – is the most useful thing you can ever do for yourself and your future.

Also, Mondel’s chocolate, GO THERE. Bring your mom there. Bring your girl/boy/person-friend there. — 114th right next to Amir’s!

Any regrets: I didn’t go to the Varsity Show until my junior year, and then I did. And I regretted not going the first two years.

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