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Apr

27

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Brooks

Brooks from the courtyard up

Next up in our freshpeople housing reviews series: the infamous Brooks, one of the three options in the Barnard Quad for first-years. It also happens to be the oldest, which comes with some pros… and some cons. Here’s the info.

Location: 3009 Broadway (The Quad).

Nearby dorms: Reid, Brooks, Hewitt, the 600’s.

Stores and restaurants: MoWillies, halal cart/food trucks, Vine sushi, M2M, Starbucks, sweetgreen.

Cost: $9,230

Amenities:

  • Bathrooms: A women’s only or gender-neutral restroom for each floor (decided by residents). Cleaned daily. Just a short walk to Reid bathrooms!
  • AC/Heating: Here’s the bad news: no AC. Here’s the OK news: a little heater that may or may not actually work. Unless you make a friend in Sulz during NSOP, don’t wear anything to bed that you wouldn’t want drenched in sweat.
  • Kitchen/Lounge: Each floor has a lounge with a TV, table, chairs, and couches, as well as a kitchen area with sink, stove, oven, and cabinets. The lounge-kitchen is shared between residents of Brooks, Reid, and Sulz on each floor, since all three halls are connected. The lounges usually smell like a mix of ramen, rotten takeout, and Pre-Med students with chem tests the next day.
  • Laundry: Each floor has two laundry machines and two dryers. There are additional machines and dryers on the Brooks side. Unfortunately, laundry is not free, and you pay using a plastic card you can refill in the Sulz or Hewitt lobbies (cash only, which is extremely inconvenient…).
  • Computers/printers: Two lovely tech labs in the basement, complete with computers, printers, and a scanner. Bring your own stapler/hole punch, though.
  • Intra-transportation: Two elevators in lobby, kind of slow and stinky.
  • Hardwood/carpet: No hardwood. Carpet in hallway. Grey linoleum in rooms. Tile in bathroom.
  • WiFi: Duh, would you even consider coming here if there wasn’t?? But beware–Barnard Secure WiFi is really shitty.

Exciting stuff! More after the cut.

Mar

25

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An outdoor view

An outdoor view

As we’re starting to ease into the nail-biting housing process, here is the next essential Barnard housing review–the well sought-after 620’s.

Location: 620 West 116th Street, at the corner of Riverside and 116th street

Nearby dorms: 600, 616 West 116th Street, the Quad (including Hewitt, Reid, Sulzberger and Brooks), Schapiro, Woodbridge, Elliot

Nearby restaurants/stores: Vine Sushi, halal carts, Morton Williams, Starbucks, and most of the restaurants on Broadway near campus

Cost: To be determined.

Amenities: 

  • Bathrooms: Each suite has its own shared bathroom.
  • AC/Heating: No AC, and window/portable AC units are not permitted.
  • Kitchen/Lounge: Each suite has a kitchen & sink, gas stove/oven, and refrigerator. Kitchen has lots of cabinet space, but kind of small (as characteristic of all 600 kitchens). No lounge in 620, but there is a TV lounge with a piano etc. on the first floor of 616 which is available for use of residents of 600, 620, and 616.
  • Laundry: in the basement!
  • Computers/Printers: Available in the computer lab on the first floor of 616.
  • Gym: No gym in the building, either go to Barnard Fitness Center in Barnard Hall or Dodge.
  • Intra-transportation: Two elevators and a stairwell.
  • Wi-Fi: Yes!
  • Hardwood/carpeting: No hardwood nor carpeting, floor is a black linoleum. Kitchen has a creme/white linoleum tile.

Room Variety: 

  • There are single and double rooms in 4, 5, 6, and 7 person suites. Floors 1-4 have doubles and singles in suites (singles are pretty small but nice), and floors 5 and up are 4-5 person suites comprised of all singles. These floors usually are occupied by all seniors, and the underclassmen housing on lower floors is 2/3 doubles and 1/3 singles.

How can you live here?

Apr

14

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Barnard seniors just made their housing selections yesterday, but we still have a lot of Barnard students waiting to make their selection. Today, we bring you the review of Hewitt, AKA the building that reminds you that you will never be able to escape The Quad.

Location: The Quad (3009 Broadway)

  • Nearby dorms: 600, 616, 620, Sulzberger Tower, Brooks, Sulz, Reed
  • Stores and restaurants: Morton Williams, Vine, Hewitt Dining Hall, Starbucks, Joe’s

Cost:

  • $10,400 for a single (same as all Barnard dorms)
  • $8,960 for a double or triple (same as all Barnard dorms)

Amenities:

  • Bathrooms: Each floor has a gender-inclusive shared bathroom with five bathroom stalls and showers. Like the rest of the Quad, facilities cleans the bathrooms daily. Some people have noted the bathrooms in the first year halls to be better and worth the walk.
  • AC/Heating: No AC, so be careful if you’re choosing a high floor and don’t want to sweat to death the first month of the fall semester. Heat is typically a comfortable temperature and controllable.
  • Kitchen/Lounge: Shared with the rest of the first-year halls, each floor in the quad has a spacious lounge with a TV, couches, dining table, and a kitchenette. Ovens and microwaves are located on every floor. Lounges can often be busy and are probably not conducive to someone looking to cook most of their meals. Brooks Lounge is also easily accessible in the building, which is an excellent quiet study room for all-nighters before finals.
  • Laundry: There is a set of washing machine and dryer on each floor of Brooks. There are several more per floor of Sulzberger, with the most being on the eighth floor, where they are also shared with Sulzberger Tower residents.
  • Gym: No gym in The Quad, but the Barnard weight room is a quick walk from Hewitt in Barnard Hall.
  • Intra-transportation: Accessible via elevators located in Sulzberger or Brooks, as well as the several sets of stairs throughout the Quad. Second floor, however, is only accessible by the staircase through Brooks, just past Furman. Also, those stairs right by the entrance of Brooks will take you to Hewitt.
  • Wi-Fi: Yes. Gotta love that Barnard Secure wifi.
  • Hardwood/carpet: Linoleum.

Hear about what it’s like living in Hewitt next.

Apr

12

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Don’t you worry, Barnard; we didn’t forget about housing selection for you! Continuing the tradition for the second year in a row, we bring you the reviews for Barnard dorms! Up next we have a dorm that currently has no gas and sometimes runs out of hot water, but otherwise we hear it’s a fine place to live!IMG_6172

Location: 600 West 116th Street (literally at the corner of Broadway and 116)

  • Nearby dorms: 616, 620, Schapiro, the Barnard Quad, Furnald
  • Nearby restaurantsOllie’s (too soon), Vine (still closed), Morton, all the tastiness the Broadway restaurant strip has to offer

Cost: 

  • Single: $10,400
  • Double: $8,960

Amenities:

  • Bathrooms: Each suite has its own bathroom.
  • AC/Heating: No AC.
  • Kitchen/Lounge: Each suite has a kitchen with a sink, gas stove/oven, and refrigerator. Your suite could have hidden common areas but there’s a TV lounge on the second floor with a piano.
  • Laundry: In the second floor lounge.
  • Computers/Printers: Computer lab on the first floor of 616 for all 600s residents to use.
  • Gym: None.
  • Wi-Fi: Yes.
  • Hardwood/Carpet: Hardwood!

But is there room variety???

Apr

11

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And the Barnard housing review saga continues with the school’s luxurious but far-flung outpost: Cathedral Gardens.

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Location: 217 Manhattan Avenue, between 110th and 109th

  • Nearby dorms: Um, next question? CG is the farthest dorm from Barnard’s campus, but it’s not actually as far as people imagine. It’s about a 10 minute walk to 110 (the dorm) and a 15 minute walk to campus.
  • Stores and Restaurants: Saiguette, Curry King, lots of Indian takeout restaurants, and Central Markets grocery store. One perk of living in CG is that delivery comes right to your door; no trekking to the lobby in your pajamas!

Cost:

  • $8,960 for a double (same for all Barnard housing)
  • $10,400 for a single (same for all Barnard housing)

Amenities:

  • Bathrooms: Each suite has 2 sinks, 2 showers (1 standing, 1 with a bathtub), and 1 toilet. Bathrooms look pretty fancy since the dorm is still fairly new. Toilet paper is provided. Score!
  • AC/Heating: Bedrooms all have AC/heater units, plus the common room has a unit as well.
  • Kitchen/Lounge: Every suite has its own kitchen and a very spacious common room.
  • Laundry: 4 washers and 8 dryers located in Laundry room on 10th floor.
  • Computers/Printers: There’s 1 computer and 1 printer on the 10th floor, but you have to use your own paper. It’s probably easier to just use on-campus printers.
  • Gym: Lol, we’re talking about Barnard, remember? But your buns will look extra fine from walking to and from campus.
  • Intra-transportation: 2 speedy elevators. Almost always mysteriously empty.
  • Wifi: No. If you don’t want to use Ethernet you can buy a router and set up your own wifi. Not too difficult, and honestly it will probably be far more reliable than Barnard’s wifi.
  • Hardwood/Carpet: Glorious hardwood floors. *longing sigh*

Sweet dreams are made of CG next.

Apr

9

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Don’t you worry, Barnard women; we didn’t forget about housing selection for you! Continuing the tradition for the second year in a row, we bring you the reviews for Barnard dorms! To begin, we bring you the biggest pimpin’ dorm of them all: Plimpton. We’ll post the rest of the dorms over the next few days before housing selection begins next week.

Location: 1235 Amsterdam Avenue (at corner of 120th Street right next door to Appletree)

  • Nearby dorms: Wien and EC
  • Stores and Restaurants: Appletree, Subsconscious, Hartley Pharmacy, Flat Top, Kitchenette, Che Bella Pizza, Max Cafe

Cost:

  • Single: $10,400
  • Double: $8,960

Amenities:

  • Bathrooms: Each suite has its own bathroom. However, you have to clean it yourselves. Drains tend to clog quickly from hair. Toilet paper supplied for free by facilities.
  • AC/Heating: All of Plimpton has AC, which is much appreciated those sweltering first weeks of fall semester. However, it gets turned off in late September and doesn’t turn back on in the Spring. Heat varies from room to room. Air can be turned on and off in each room.
  • Kitchen/Lounge: Each suite has a kitchen with a sink, gas stove/oven, and refrigerator/freezer. Shared hallway space connecting the rooms with a table and chairs. Renovated suites have a high-top table with chairs. Large study lounge on the first floor.
  • Laundry: 6 washers and driers. Beware of doing laundry on busy days (the weekend) as you will probably not find an open machine. Some of the driers don’t dry clothes in one cycle.
  • Computers/Printers: There’s a computer lab with two big printers on the first floor. Usually reliable.
  • Gym: No, but Dodge is relatively close.
  • Intra-transportation: Two elevators that stop on all floors and stairs. However, anything that can’t use the stairs has to be brought in through the basement (this will mostly just be relevant for move-in and move-out.)
  • Wi-Fi: Yes. Very good signal.
  • Hardwood/Carpet: Linoleum.

But what is the big plimpin life really all about?

Mar

12

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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… Elliott!

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Location: 49 Claremont, at the corner of 119th.

  • Nearby dorms: The Quad, the 600’s, everything on Claremont, even Plimpton is relatively close
  • Stores and restaurants: Halal, Vine, Morton Williams, God Box, Hewitt, the Diana

Gimme more Elliott.

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