Written by Bwog Staff
December 09, 20089:02 am 20 Comments
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.”
Tags: amir's, city, new acronym alert!, off campus flex, off-campus flex we hardly knew ye, SABS, samad's
October 23, 200810:07 am 4 Comments
Rejoice! 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!
Tags: amir's, not free food, your health
October 15, 200811:39 am 56 Comments
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.
Tags: amir's, bugs in your food, ch-ch-ch-changes
Written by Lili Brown
January 26, 20157:04 pm 1 Comments
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
Can’t hold your liquor/weekend flops:
Can hold your liquor/tales of success:
Tags: bitch i'm back out my coma, field notes, hope you got more than one fake during your NSOP deal, interviews *sigh*, kanye aesthetic, notes from the field, still in carman help, who has ever bought champagne at mel's before, woman at amir's is maybe in GS
March 08, 201412:02 pm 3 Comments
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)
learn more about Ho-Ho-Hogan
Tags: Brogan, close to international can't possibly go wrong there, ho ho hogan, hogan, housing reviews 2014, only one elevator so you're going to get really fit on those stairs, seniors only, the housing we aspire to, they just like so love it
May 13, 201312:00 pm 24 Comments
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:
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.
Tags: bwog doesn't put up those blue and white meeting announcements for nothing, senior wisdom, senior wisdom 2013, should bwog start doing security guard wisdom?, that cheese ethnographer is living the dream, WBAR love, you'll do just fine
March 25, 20137:00 pm 9 Comments
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)
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.
Tags: broadway dorm, columbia housing, dorm reviews, Housing reviews, housing reviews 2013
October 30, 20122:27 pm 15 Comments
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!
Tags: a morningside morning after, Closed, Hurricane Sandy, hurricanes, NO STARBUCKS?!?!, open, Sandy, Survived!, weather
May 12, 20125:00 pm 9 Comments
Name, 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:
“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.
Tags: senior wisdom, senior wisdom 2012
March 31, 201212:30 pm 15 Comments
Location: 628 W. 114th St.
Tags: dorm reviews, Housing reviews, river, the 2012 Housing Lottery: Your Best Mistake Ever!
March 23, 20127:30 pm 3 Comments
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. (more…)
Tags: broadway, dorm reviews, dorm reviews 2012, Housing reviews, the 2012 Housing Lottery: Your Best Mistake Ever!
November 24, 201110:30 am 19 Comments
At least we didn't make a (cranberry) saucy pun...
As per tradition, we put our heads (see: gmail accounts) together and compiled this long list of the things/people/places/things/snow penises for which we are most thankful. Contest, corroborate, or add your own in the comments.
It’s that time of the year where we’re allowed to get a little corny (<– Thanksgiving pun), so on that note, let us be the first most public to wish you all a Happy Thanksgiving. See you Monday!
Vegetables or Minerals
There’s An App For That
Tags: Bwog gives thanks, lists, or as the cool kids call it: "t-givs", sitting waiting listing, thanksgiving
August 26, 20116:30 pm 8 Comments
Bwog: Keeping Your Piggy Bank Slightly More Full Since 2006.
In the beginning there was Tenka, the no-fee app that lets students use social media to redeem first come, first served coupons at local eateries. Oh, and how could we forget the ultra-hip CampusFood? Thanks to the latter, we’ve been holed up in our rooms since last September with a continuous stream of flex-funded Kitchenette pancakes.
And then there were three.
UniEats, a food discount service founded last Fall at UPenn as PennEats, has just launched a Columbia branch. The deal is simple: buy a $15 card ($12 during pre-sale) online or through campus representatives at any time during the school year and use it through next May to get between 10 and 20 percent off your bill at participating local markets, coffee shops, and restaurants. Highlights include P&W, Amir’s, and Maoz. Check out the full list (and restrictions) here. According to their site, UniEats will give a portion of all proceeds to local charities.
Image of the thing you hide from your roommate but secretly think is cute via Wikimedia Commons.
Tags: a confusing array of "food" tags, bad biblical references, campusfood, discounts, not free food, tenka, unieats
March 27, 20118:18 pm 15 Comments
Tags: Bwog's guide to housing, dorm review, housing, river, The 2011 Housing Lottery: Your Best Mistake Ever!
March 25, 201110:26 am 0 Comments
Lincoln, contemplating history
History Professor Eric Foner strikes gold—for the second time! Yesterday, Columbia University awarded the Bancroft Prize to Foner for his book “The Fiery Trial: Abraham Lincoln and American Slavery.” Thanks to CU, Foner will also receive $10,000 (!) in prize money. Damn, it must feel good to be a Tweedster. (ABC News)
There’s good food in Morningside Heights—who would’ve guessed? Apparently, certain foodies find Veggie Sandwich at Amir’s particularly scrumptious. (Serious Eats)
Columbia University Press, along with its peers at Harvard and Cornell, plans to make its scholarly books available on JSTOR through its Books at JSTOR initiative. Writing research papers just got 34508 times easier. Win! (INFOdocket)
FYI, the Oxford English Dictionary plans to add certain internet initialisms to its lexicon. LOL! (engadget)
Today marks the 100th anniversary of the Triangle Shirtwaist Factory Fire, a disaster in Lower Manhattan that took the lives of 146 mostly female garment workers. Though tragic, this fire is a landmark in the history of the city of New York, for it led to important reform in the realms of workers’ rights and factory safety. (City Room, NYT)
Inspired by the memory of the Triangle Fire, the Sweatshop Free Upper West Side Campaign has planned a news conference and rally to protest Saigon Grill Restaurant’s labor law violations. Protesters will meet outside Saigon Grill on 90th Street and Amsterdam Avenue at 1 pm to call attention to the restaurant’s continued unethical policies.
Thinkin’ Lincoln via Wikimedia Commons
Tags: amir's, bwog ♥, bwoglines, foner, history, jstor saves lives, protests, teh internetz
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