Facelift, Please

It’s about time that one of Columbia’s ugliest buildings had some work done on its exterior. According to a cedilla-containing email sent to Carman residents:

Please be advised that, beginning tomorrow, Wednesday, February 12th [sic], an overhead structure will be put up over the entrance to Carman Hall. This is in preparation for work that will be done on the façade of the building. At no time will the building entrance be closed. We apologize for any disturbance this construction may cause. Thank you in advance for your cooperation.


Maybe the Victorian reformatory will finally look like it belongs on this campus. Carman likes to party, but the gangly red-head brick has always been self-conscious about his looks.

Boringside From The Future: Ferris Staircase Edition
H/fear now more.

Here/fear no more.

According to the Spectator, the swanky new tables (which, according to rumors Bwog’s friends have heard, is supposed to promote community at Columbia) in Ferris are not the only changes coming to the dining hall. Spec reports that, a year following the renovations to John Jay, Ferris may be getting a new serving area and (wait for it) better stairs!

The changes to the dining hall are additionally there to provide more capacity for a trial program between Barnard and Columbia Dining that would allow Barnard students to eat breakfast in Ferris and Columbia students to have it in Hewitt. More exciting than extra space, of course, is the prospect of walking up-and-downstairs without the constant terror of getting food dumped on one’s head.

Stay tuned in the fall to see if people would still rather hit the Jay.

Boringside: You Maybe Noticed These

New signs! Citi was on fire (you probably noticed that one)! The Heights is out of action for a “couple of weeks at least, maybe a couple of months” according to Spec

Barnard Gets Charming, Columbia Is Pretty, and SEAS Celebrates 150 Years

Remember the secret of the tent? Looks like there are new signs for Barnard and SEAS, too.

Columbia’s cool neon sign via Scarlett Tohme, CC’14.

Boringside Heights: Another Year, Another Round of Insignificant Changes

Big changes going on this season in your favorite neighborhood: from bold new colors to daring new culinary choices to some extreme construction work in Butler, Columbia is a totally different place. Brace yourself for a whole new world below:

RugHop on Barnard’s New Carpets

Hold on to your hats, kids! Barnard’s got some swanky new carpets. The rugs say the names of the buildings on them (so you don’t get lost, I guess?). The downside? Sources say that some of the carpets are so plush that it’s making it hard to open the doors. Say it with me now: #firstworldproblems! In any case, behold Barnard’s new carpets!

Duane Reade’s Facelift
Duane Reade's always there for you.

Duane Reade’s always there for you.

After tripping over construction workers for weeks, Duane Reade is practically done with renovations. Bwog sent our Decoration Diva Angel Jiang to check it out, in honor of the five-aisled edifice to self-improvement. 

The first thing to note about Duane Reade’s renovation is that the entrance, formerly in correspondence to the stairs to the lower level, is now located on the north side. Thankfully, the demarcated “in” and “out” signs legibly indicated this on the uniform glass facade. It is unclear if the newly reconfigured glass entry doors are intended to alleviate a bottleneck issue, or to postpone your descent to the actual pharmacy by redirecting traffic to the aisles of temptation. I admit to clogging up traffic in the vestibule, but would attribute that to Duane Reade’s choice to place their Nice! garbage bags, designer paper bowls, and paper towels emblazoned with suns and stuffed animals in their entry hall.

In Duane Reade’s pursuit to make life as odor-free as possible, deodorant is prioritized in the first and second aisles, as are the “fragrances” safe-guarded in a locked and sealed capsule adjacent to a selection of disinfecting wipes. I would have lingered to wonder if a larger lobby contributes to more time spent browsing neon colored makeup and Easter candy, but am quickly distracted by a fridge of chobani and nesquik. I try to remember what kind of necessities I used to buy at Duane Reade but all attention is constantly diverted.


Absolute and m2m Back From the Dead
Someone forgot to double tap.

What Morningside was like while you were away.

Much to the horror of  Columbia students and Morningside residents alike, Absolute Bagels and m2m were both recently shut down by the Health Department. (How could something so delicious be so unsanitary! They’re boiled!) It didn’t take long for things to get back to normal though. Both Absolute and m2m are back up and running! Yes, just like in a B-list zombie flick, they have returned from the grave to bring about 1,000 years of darkness spread a world shattering disease sell cheap food. So get it while it’s hot and just try to ignore the lingering smell of rat urine wafting in from the back of the building! Ignorance is bliss, folks.

The end of the world via Shutterstock
Boringside: Shocking Changes

Nothing in this neighborhood is certain anymore. Absolute was filled with icky living things, and who knows what was happening at m2m. Il Cibreo is gone and Amigos has replaced it (Bwog’s review will be up later today). Bwog has photographically chronicled these momentous changes for you.

Boringside: Holiday Cheer!

Shops all over our wonderful neighborhood are already preparing for the spirit of the holidays. We went around and took some pics!

Boringside: So Many Napkins Edition

There is always room for change around Morningside Heights. Bwog would like to gently point out these updates in the midst of the hustle and bustle of Columbia life. For better or for worse, several venues have led the charge with a new coat of paint or a newfound stingy sign.  It’s about the little things in life, you know?

Boringside: Shades of Beige Edition

It’s a new semester and the inexorable march of progress continues on campus. Except that you probably still don’t have air conditioning and someone gets stuck in an elevator on a bi-weekly basis, and stuff. But there’s new paint! Send any riveting developments we missed to tips@bwog.com.



Boringside Heights: Before You Go Edition

So you can revel in the anticlimactic glory that is our beloved Morningside, Bwog catches a few last-minute minutia that might have made all the difference to your morning coffee/mental state during this darkest night, finally lifting.


Ominously black televisions adorn Brownie's once-bare walls

Boringside Heights: Consumerism Edition

The holiday season has hit your wallet hard, and now the bills are coming in. Think you can cut down on your spending? Not with everything Morningside Heights has to offer…



Boringside Heights: New Year, Same Heights

Whether you’re now in a taxi from LaGuardia just in time for your first class, or you’ve been scrubbing double-sided poster tape off of your dorm walls all break long, the Carousel of Progress has marched on with naught a look your way in our fair neighborhood. Join Morningside Heights as it proudly struts its New Year’s stuffs: