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Illustration by Angel Jiang, CC '15

Illustration by Angel Jiang, CC ’15

Check out our latest piece from The Blue and White, in which Senior Editor Channing Prend, CC ’17, has a chat over chicken and rice with one of the Hooda guys. Like what you read? Want to see your name in beautiful blue print someday? Come to The Blue and White‘s first meeting of the year, this Tuesday, September 9 at 9pm in the Crypt of St. Paul’s chapel.

Halal is an Arabic word that means “permissible.” Permissible according to Islamic law that is, not necessarily New York City health codes. But stumbling out of the Heights at 1 a.m. on a lonely summer night, a lamb over rice sounded pretty darn permissible. I decided to put my grumbling stomach before my bowels and stopped at Hooda’s.

You may have also enjoyed halal during your late-night Morningside exploits. And perhaps, like me, the extent of your conversation with the halal guy is begging for free fries. But this Blue and White writer, emboldened by several raspberry margaritas and a tyrannical editor’s threats, sought answers about the history of this neighborhood fixture.

Hooda’s first arrived on 115th Street 9 years ago, Kareem, the nighttime proprietor, informed me. “It’s not like you just show up one day,” he said. “There are regulations.”

More complex than city laws however, are the unspoken rules between vendors. City agencies do not dictate locations for carts, so vendors settle questions of location amongst themselves. “Spots are like private property,” Kareem told me. “People even try to sell them.”

Some vendors resort to intimidation to scare off newcomers. On arriving in Morningside, Hooda’s unknowingly encroached upon the turf of another longtime cart Amir’s. “A few weeks after moving here, the tires on my cousin’s truck were slashed,” Kareem stated. “We think it was this guy Amir who had a cart up the block.”

Eek how did Hooda’s survive?



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Looks like Hooda (halal cart on 115th and Broadway) got its ride pimped! Check out their cart after a recent facelift:



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Columbia students are surprisingly loyal to their halal carts. Whether there was a cart right next to your freshman dorm, or you thought the halal guy was very attractive, you may have developed a preference. But does the food stand up to the fandom? 2Girls (Timmy Wu and Ross Chapman… don’t ask) bravely subjected themselves to four $4 lamb gyros to taste the difference between Columbia’s favorite drunk food.

115th and Broadway, Hooda Halal Food

An unwrapped gyro

Those are some big pieces!

A mildly toasted pita, crisp on the outside (yet not entirely dry), a good balance of moisture and texture, rich but not heavy… Which aspects of this gastronomique euphoria could you wish for at 4 a.m. on the corners of the streets in MoHi? All, apparently! You bite into it. The rich, white sauce promptly takes over, enveloping your tongue. A sudden kick of spice penetrates, pleasantly surprising you. Then, the carrots add a fresh crunch, giving this bundle of grace more nuance to the mushiness of the meat. 1girl concerns: “After a night of debauchery, how are we, lowly beings, to deserve this grace when we are going to vomit afterwards anyway?

2Girls Rating: 4 realz out of 5

116th and Amsterdam (NE Corner), Salma’s Halal Food

According to classical economics, two halal carts right across the street from each other will create competition, forcing them to develop superior products or lower prices in order to survive. The cart in front of the law school entrance disproves that. The gyro served here was in a thin, dry pita with barely any non-lettuce vegetables. 1Girl described the meat as “kinda fatty,” which didn’t go well with its mild seasoning or the residual grease that seemed to stick with it from the grill. As compared to the other gyros we tried, it was not necessarily smaller but lighter, which is certainly a plus if you’re trying to scarf something down on your way back from EC. However, this gyro didn’t really have the best anything out of the places we tried.

an unwrapped gyro

It looks as it tastes

2Girls Rating: 2 very tiny bits of green pepper out of 5

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Like this, only a cathedral

Look alive, Columbia. You have roughly 15 minutes to get yourself to the Lerner Piano Lounge for the semester’s second Live at Lerner Sounds event! This week they’ve got Salt Cathedral playing some awesome salty tunes.

Added incentive (as if you needed any more): today’s lunch is Greek-themed! Save yourself a late night trip to Hooda’s for a shame-Gyro!

And finally: if you’ve ever wanted to go apple-picking with a bunch of people who have better musical tastes than you do, now’s your chance! The Live at Lerner crew is taking a bus to a farm upstate next Friday for some good autumnal fun and they want YOU  to join them. Info here.

The rest of the salt pictures looked like cocaine via Shutterstock



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To further honor the newly accepted class of 2018, Bwog is rolling out reviews of the freshman dorms on campus considering you kiddos need to pick where you want to live soon. Whether you prefer living in the same building as John Jay, or stay true to your love for Carman because it doesn’t get better, we’re sure you’ll make the right decision (or Columbia will for you). Up next is Furnald (mostly reposted from last month).


Location: 2960 Broadway

  • Nearby dorms: Carman, Schapiro, and the LLC and John Jay if you’re not super lazy
  • Stores and restaurants: Morton Williams, Ollie’s, Starbucks, Lerner, Hooda’s, M2M, Vine

freshpeople who like granite countertops listen up



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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… Schapiro!

Location: 605-615 W. 115th Street.

  • Nearby dorms: Furnald, Woodbridge
  • Stores and restaurants: The best Halal cart (whaddup Hooda’s), the UPS Store, Lerner, Morton Williams, M2M, Vine, Uni Café, Starbucks, Ollie’s

love dat Schap, gotta learn more



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For your Sunday night viewing pleasure, enjoy this politically correctly titled video starring our very own Ferris made by some of our own esteemed colleagues! It’s good.

Full lyrics and credits after the jump.



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NSOP is the new COÖP

Mornin’ freshpeople! We heard you were on an island last night!

How the kids branched out before:

NSOP renting out iconic New York places has been a tradition. Last year, 2014 was on a boat, 2013 danced in the zoo, and 2012 bonded in Victorian Gardens. But maybe dear ol’ 2011 had it best when NSOP used to host a concert. This band Vampire Weekend was there once.

Sari Ancel, SEAS ’10, shares some of her wisdom about just talking to others:

Stop and Chat > Wave Hello > Awkward Ignore…

Awkwardly ignoring someone you know is not only super mean but also not worth the effort of pretending to not know them (e.g. fake texting, feigning sudden interest in lawn trimmings). Just smile or say “hi.” This is perfect for Orientation Week when you make 150 new best friends in one day and you can’t remember someone’s name. [Side note: never be embarrassed to ask someone their name.] The Stop and Chat, however, is by far the superior option. It will help you stay updated with friends that you don’t get to see as often as you like. And, as you are rushing from a lab in Mudd to a meeting in Lerner, the stop and chat will keep you sane / put a smile on your face.

A few culinary options around Morningside Heights:

You’ll probably get sick of John Jay at some point (probably this week, maybe even today), so why not get a little adventurous and check out some of the other options you have right around you?

  • If burgers are your thing, look no further than our own Battle of the Burgers guide to the neighborhood
  • If brunch is your thing, Community Food & Juice is a Bwog favorite. Relish in it now, as it was once closed due to a fire but reopened to everyone’s delight. If you’re feeling bold, you can also try the new Cascabel Taqueria or the new-but-basically-just-Campo Il Cibreo.
  • If you’re in need of coffee, be hip and check out Joe in NoCo
  • Brad’s is an often overlooked and relatively recent addition to the campus dining fare, probably because it’s nestled in the J-School
  • Food cards are a good choice if you’re just after something quick. They will really start showing up more often once the semester starts, but staples have always been dosa cart(s), halal carts (Bwog’s fave is Hooda), and the trendy Korilla.

And if you’re the kind that doesn’t like to pay for their food, don’t worry. Soon there will be tons of student groups looking to recruit fresh young minds, bribing them with the holy grail of college cuisine, free food.

A Golden Nails masterpiece tipped by Michael Kaufman



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One of the greatest perks of an Ivy League education is having all sorts of guest lecturers and talks hosted right on campus. Yet many of these great talks are not publicized enough. Enter  Bucket List, a weekly feature that aggregates these events in a single location that will hopefully make you realize, like Bwog has, how special our campus is. Our recommendations for this week are below; the full list is after the jump. Have a gander, who knows what you’ll find! Plus, it’s performance time!  So, we’ve compiled a separate list of upcoming artistic achievements and winter wonders.

Recommended Lectures:

Mon, Dec 6

  • “Elizabeth Bishop’s ‘Geography III’” 2nd Floor Common Room, Heyman Center, 6:15 pm – 8:15 pm, Rachel Hadas and Jane Shore
  • “The Journal of International Affairs Thought Leadership Forum on ‘Innovation for Development’” 1501 IAB, 6:30 pm – 9:00 pm, John McArthur, Laurence Tubiana, Manuel Pinho, Upmanu Lall, Paul Hudnut, David M. Driesen, and Steven Cohen

Tues, Dec 7

  • “Engaging with Armed Groups: The Mediation Challenge” 1102 IAB, 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm, Teresa Whitfield
  • “Closing Remarks” Rotunda, Low Library, 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm, Lee Bollinger
  • “The Black Power Struggle of the 1960s” LL 104 Diana Center, 7:30 pm – 9:00 pm, Keeanga-Yamahtta Taylor

Wed, Dec 8

  • “Nursing Home Care Paradox: Ensuring Quality of Life, Fostering Dignity in Death” Davis Auditorium, Schapiro, 6:00 pm – 7:30 pm, Anthony J. Lechich
  • “Art and Social Justice” Union Theological Seminary, 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm, Alfredo Jaar
  • “Straight Up: A Real Talk about Allyship” 702 Hamilton, 8:00 pm – 9:30 pm Hudson Taylor, Chaplain Davis, Melinda Aquino, and Linda Hellman

Thurs, Dec 9

  • “The Ancients Teaching the Moderns” Rotunda, Low Library, 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm, Nadia Urbinati

Fri, Dec 10

  • “Bolder Policies for Diversity at the Top?” Casa Italiana, 8:00 am – 12:30 pm, Esther Duflo, Debora Spar, Ann Bartel, Barbara Colwell, James DeGraffenreidt, Amy Dittmar, Sheila Hooda, Gita Johar, Bruce Kogut, Mona Lena Krook, Kathryn Kolbert, David Ross, Susan Sturm, Gillian Tett, and Ellen Stafford-Sigg
  • “Stuck in the Middle: How and Why Middle Schools Harm Children” 801 IAB, 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm, Jonah Rockoff
  • “It is Necessary to Revolutionize Climate Prediction: Is It Possible?” Monell Building Auditorium, Lamont-Doherty, 3:30 pm – 4:30 pm, Jagadish Shukla

Arts Addendum and Winter Wonders:

Mon, Dec 6

  • “Knitting with Dean Denburg” 17th Floor Sulzberger North Tower, 6:30 pm – 8:00 pm

Tues, Dec 7

  • “Columbia University Orchestra Concert” Roone Arledge Auditorium, Miller Theatre, 8:00 pm, Music Director Jeffrey Milarsky

Thurs, Dec 9

  • “Silence” Minor Latham Playhouse, Milbank Hall, Runs Dec 9-11, 8:00 pm – 10:00 pm
  • “Portrait and A Dream” Lerner Black Box, Lerner Hall, Runs Dec 9-11, 8:00 pm – 11:00 pm, NOMADS
  • “Winterfest!” Lehman Lawn and Diana Center, 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm, Raw Elementz, Orchesis, Metrotones, Bhangra, Life Size Maps, Jake Snider, XMAS, Lion Dance, WBAR

Fri, Dec 10

  • “Columbia University Gospel Choir Winter Concert” Lerner Party Space, 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm

Sat, Dec 11

  • “A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum!” Roone Arledge Auditorium, Lerner Hall, Runs Dec 11-12, 8:00 pm – 11:00 pm, Columbia Musical Theater Society
  • “A Yule Ball Concert” Earl Hall Auditorium, 8:00 pm – 9:30 pm, Clefhangers
  • “Annual Winter Candlelight Concert” Union Theological Seminary, 8:00 pm – 10:00 pm, Barnard-Columbia Chorus

Sun, Dec 12

  • “CU Glee Club Winter Concert” Lerner Party Space, 4:30 pm – 5:30 pm
  • “A Christmas Carol: Jubilation! 2010 Winter Concert” 555 Lerner Hall, 7:30 pm – 9:30 pm




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The Bwog staff did what we always do and compiled a list of things we are thankful for. Feel free to leave yours in the comments.

Columbia, have an absolutely lovely Thanksgiving. We are so very, truly thankful to you for reading this website and for lots of other things.


  • PDF versions of textbooks
  • The idea of going abroad
  • Firm handshakes
  • Being of the Harry Potter generation
  • The mysterious sliding window between RotiRoll and Suite
  • Free hot water everywhere sans embittered glances
  • Palindromes
  • Actually going downtown when you say you will
  • The Canon 5D
  • Walking about the campus on a sunny day and feeling fresh
  • Riding the lion outside Dodge
  • Having just enough pencil lead to finish an exam
  • Having exactly $0.00 left on a Metrocard
  • Things overheard through Wien’s thin walls
  • Clothespins
  • Overly abbreviated text messages from my parents
  • The beautiful beautiful architecture strewn across (most of) campus
  • NBA League Pass
  • Watching the sun rise for non work-related reason
  • Getting there just in time
  • Those moments when you stop procrastinating
  • Bananagrams
  • Adhesive lint rollers
  • The cute guys who work at Book Culture
  • Bikes
  • The car rental age in New York being 18


  • Boerum Hill, Brooklyn
  • New Jersey
  • The commuter lounge in the Diana
  • The Lehman 2nd floor printer- it has never been broken when I needed it. Ever.
  • New Hampshire
  • The Notary Public at Citibank
  • The ATM in Lerner


  • Planning to read on Low Steps, never actually reading on Low Steps
  • This year not being Sophomore year
  • Realizing that a career isn’t the only thing in life
  • Free New York Times
  • Magenta suede in the Diana
  • Having a three-day weekend every weekend
  • Exchanging awkward, enduring smiles with people I sort of know from class
  • Wearing other people’s sweaters and thinking about them
  • The crosswalk light to cross Broadway turning green (white) just as you reach ir
  • No credit card minimum at Morton Williams
  • Fridays at Potluck
  • The banter at Milano
  • The fact that things are open past 9PM (a true city luxury)
  • Solid high-fives
  • Seeing movies with old people at Lincoln Plaza
  • The fact that Fayerweather smells like condensed soup
  • Realizing you know almost everyone in your prospective major

Loved Ones

  • Parents
  • My Dad for offering to call to wake me up for my 6:00 AM flight home (Oh Dad, don’t you know I just won’t sleep?)
  • People on the subway who are so thoroughly engaged in the music on their iPod that they sing and dance to it as if no one else was around
  • Friends whose parents send them great care packages (with peanut butter fudge)
  • Anthony Randolph + our raggedy New York Knicks
  • Everyone who works at Housing for dancing with me during Room Selection and being generally lovely people
  • Friends who live off-campus
  • My friends’ signature dance moves
  • Friends that straight live in Butler Cafe
  • The other kid in Butler at 3am
  • Seeing your friends from home and talking about the same old useless things
  • Raj’s smiles (Butler Cafe)
  • Kia’s sass (Cafe 212)
  • Ricky Martin
  • Hunter Parrish
  • Sir Mike of Carman
  • The guy who always presses the open and close elevator buttons to make crowded Mudd elevator rides faster
  • Suitemates
  • My neurotic dog
  • My corporate finance problem set team all of whom are awesome
  • The Westside Staff – props to Andrew and Luis!
  • My neurotic family
  • Asian tourists who treat our campus like a real New York landmark
  • Security guards that keep pictures of their girlfriends/wives/families on their desks while they work
  • People taking pictures of Columbia
  • People taking pictures of people taking pictures of Columbia
  • Visitors
  • New friends
  • The people who go insane at dubstep shows
  • The kitchen power couple
  • The Hewitt dining staff—the sassier the better!
  • Squirrel Man
  • Friends with rich parents
  • Bella Ayalof (the woman who works at Cafe Nana)’s Israeli accent
  • Architecture majors: for perspective
  • Freshmen: for perspective
  • All of the friends who do more for me than I ever could have asked for, the most amazing people I could ever fathom (more…)



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Update, 6 PM: It’s over! Anti-Zenawi protestors are getting back on the buses. At around 5:30, the pro-Zenawi group was almost entirely gone, but the anti-Zenawi protestors filled all of 115th, blocking foot traffic, chanting, and singing. A few students, just inside the 115th gates, are holding anti-Zenawi signs. A full report from the shockingly calm lecture to follow, plus more news and analysis.

Update, 4:30 PM: Here are the handouts [PDF] being distributed by each side. More major news outlets have showed up and shouts of “Shame on Columbia” and “Shame on Zenawi” are loud and strong.

Update, 4:05 PM: Anti-Zenawi protestors chanting “Killer! Killer!” at pro-Zenawi group, who are shouting back, giving thumbs-down signals, and generally ignoring them. Din can be heard from top of low steps. More photos added below. We’ll have a full report from Zenawi’s lecture itself shortly.

Update, 3:15 PM: Undergrads, unaffiliated with any group, are handing out signs on east side of 115th and Broadway, across the street from the protests. One has a picture of Zenawi at the World Economic Forum that reads “World Leaders Forum OR War Criminals Forum?” Also handing out flyers on Zenawi’s alleged suppression of freedom in rural areas in Ethiopia, and his alleged election crimes, with quotes from Peter Takirambudde, the Africa director of Human Rights Watch.




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Amir’s has adjusted to the times; it got a makeover over the weekend and became Maoz. There’s a new green sign, the mirrors are green, the walls and ceilings are green, and there are also some yellow-and-white striped booths, but nevermind those. The falafel also got a little cheaper (from $4.75 for a sandwich to a mere $3.50, now we’re talking Hooda prices) and the store was bustling around 7 PM tonight. Amir’s has survived a Health Department shuttering (eegad, roaches!) in 2008 and many years in Morningside. And the battle rages on! Thanks to John “Shawarma King” Nordin for the photos.



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The countdown is on.  Nothing will get done. Just get out there with insidenewyork.

Last Bummer Summer (ha!) PARTY!

Come bounce to Indie-Electronica group MKNG FRNDZ, trip on visual Art by Death Bear, and bask in the wit and talent of performing host Ojay Morgan. Open bar and kissing booth all night for the cost of a Hooda plate. (21+) WEBSITE

WHEN: Fri, April 16 @ 10pm

WHERE: The Public Assembly, 70th North 6th St, Brooklyn

PRICE: $5 Cover




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As the chicken-and-rice connoisseurs among us are sure to have noticed, the Hooda dudes are expanding in a major way. First came a spiffy new cart, and now they’re holding new real estate–they’ve taken over the northeast corner of 114th and Broadway with a second cart. When asked for comment, the proprietor would only say that “the company” gave them another cart. Eat hearty!

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Welcome to Cart Chronicles. Bwog can’t keep track of all the dosa/falafel/street meat carts in a five-block radius of the Gates, and we’re guessing you can’t either. Over the next few weeks, we’ll be giving you a comprehensive tour of the world of Morningside carts. First, we bring you a breaking news update on the New Kid in Town: the Dosa Man. Now, he’s the Second Newest Kid On the Block!

“Too much money this guy wants. I will interview only when I get my own cart,” declared the new Dosa Man when asked if he’d speak to Bwog. While the Dosa man (who shall remain anonymous until his demands for his own spot on Columbia’s happening cart lot are met) was enthusiastic to speak to “the press” about his unique culinary vocation (watch out, Hooda), he informed your cart correspondent that he wants his chronicle to be about his “personal cart”and not the “expensive rental” which he plans wiggle in within the next two weeks. Who knew there was Dosa drama? Either way, make sure to stop by and say hello to this friendly new face on the block with a killer $5 dollar lunch deal. Keep in mind he needs all the support he can get—within the past 48 hours, the market has gotten hot with the new Rice Plate Cart  and the Hot Dog Cart that have found a way to squeeze their competitive capitalist vehicles into the stagnant sixteen feet between the Dosa machine and the 116th gates.

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