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Housing Reviews 2014: 600 West 113th Street (Nussbaum)

 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! Tonight’s residence hall is… Nussbaum!

Location: 600 West 113th Street (Commonly known as Nussbaum)

  • Nearby dorms: McBain and Watt; kind of Hogan and Broadway (1 block away)
  • Stores and restaurants: Nussbaum & Wu, Mill, Milano, Community… Basically every restaurant in MoHi is just across the street. Say goodbye to your meal plan.

tell me more about bagels oops we mean nussbaum

Rat Race
See? We're adorable!

See? We’re adorable!

While the squirrel has long been Bwog’s rodent of choice, recent events have placed his smaller, cuter cousin in the Bwoggy spotlight. Senior Staff Writer and Art Spiegelman fan Alexander Pines brings you this continuation of the mouse chronicles at Columbia.

Look, it’s getting cold and a mouse has got to eat. We’ve about given up on Absolute, m2m, and Uni Cafe (although really, that was always our last choice)–and there’s no way we’re eating anything from Ferris, John Jay, or JJ’s Place. It’s clear that the only option left is Nussbaum, which is great–dinner and a bed to sneak into.

I made my way from the cozy walls of a Nussbaum 2 dorm room and was trying to sneak into the cafe for a quick snack of a cinnamon raison (I needed to drop clean for a job interview in a couple of days, so anything with poppy seeds was out) bagel when I was overcome with the true futility of my mission. I wake up every morning, bust my ass looking for food, try to avoid getting sucked into Goldman Sachs horrifying experiments, and return to a campus where I have to fight tooth and nail (sometimes literally) for enough space to do basic things like sleep and work. I do this day in and day out with little affirmation from my peers or the world at large and it just never ends. Sometimes I’m just so damn tired. I need a break.

So I freeze at the base of one of the steps, fur rustling with the chill, stomach rumbling. This is the reason I don’t take breaks–it’s dangerous. This place becomes so easily overwhelming that getting overrun is a figurative and, at this moment, literal reality.

Fortunately, a kind student spotted me and, instead of immediately treating me like vermin, enlisted the help of some f-word players from Nussbaum’s second floor to carry me outside. The fresh air was energizing and gave me a chance to escape certain doom at the feet of some exhausted student trudging back from Butler. I guess sometimes it’s necessary to give ourselves a breather, sometimes people will be kind, professors will grant extensions, and things work out.

Then again, sometimes we get eaten by Hawkma.

Taking the Passive out of Passive-Aggressive
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Oh yeah? Mutilate you say?

Listen guys, Bwog understands that times can get tough living in this big ol’ city. That wad of cash your mom slipped on your desk after moving in is becoming pretty thin and you’re thinking of resorting to other ways to pay for your late night cravings. But just think, you don’t have to do this. Go to the dining hall and use that last meal swipe left for the week. Heck, treat yo self to some pasta in Ferris! But for the love of God, just don’t go to Nussbaum and steal their ice cream.

Death threat via tipster

Housing Reviews 2013: Nussbaum

Location: 600 W. 113th

  • Nearby dorms: McBain and Watt are across Broadway. Hogan and Broadway are only a block away.
  • Stores and restaurants: On top of Nussbaum & Wu and Mill Korean. Across the street from Deluxe, Milano and Amigos. The rest of Broadway lies at your fingertips (shoetips?). You will thank the heavens for the ease of access to a hungover Nussbaum bagel. You will eat too much Milano.

Cost: $8,186 mid-range price, same as River, LLC, and Harmony

Amenities:

  • Bathrooms: The number and exclusivity of bathrooms varies by floor. A1 and D2 doubles and the A7 and D2 singles have private bathrooms. Certain C1 doubles have private bathrooms. On most floors, bathrooms are shared with a 3 or 4:1 student to bathroom ratio.
  • AC/Heating: Heating, no AC.
  • Kitchen/Lounge: Some halls have their own kitchens, others share them with the adjacent hall. Kitchens vary in size depending on the floor and hall, but all have refrigerators, ample shelf space, a stove, and a sink.
  • Laundry: The laundry facilities are located in the basement. Nussbaum charges the highest laundry prices on campus: $1.70 per washer or dryer, and you have to get a weird card from a machine that only takes cash in the lobby.
  • Computers/Printers: One printer in the lobby.
  • Gym: There’s no gym in Nussbaum, though there is what appears to be a work out bench in the basement. Use at your own risk.
  • Intra-transportation: Two elevators and a stairwell. The elevators are relatively slow.
  • Wi-Fi:  Wi-Fi and ethernet.
  • Hardwood/Carpet: All floors are hardwood.
  • Facilities: Because Nuss houses non-Columbia residents, it has its own maintenance crew that gets stuff done fast. They clean the bathrooms and kitchens weekly.

 Read more after the jump.

Room variety:

  • Doubles: 68 rooms, from a brutal 154 sq. feet to 210 sq. feet. (260 for walk-throughs)
  • Singles:  49 rather roomy rooms, from 124 sq. feet to 160 sq. feet.
  • Windows vary. The rooms in the bottom corner of the “U” have only one window and it faces your neighbor’s blinds. (more…)
In Pursuit of the Hangover Bagel

Another stumbly Sunday “morning” at Columbia University! Now, what carbtastic breakfast can make the pounding, hallucinatory headache go away while simultaneously reaffirming your identity as a legit New York transplant? A bagel. Good luck securing that legendary panacea, however. We were confronted at every turn by two of the worst things in the world: other people and the sun. In other words, lines. For a generation raised on instant oatmeal and instant gratification, lines suck.

Live from Boringside, It’s Not Saturday Night

The rosy-fingered hand of Morningside Heights.

It’s actually Wednesday afternoon! Which now means that it’s Pizza Wednesday. That’s right, Boringside enthusiasts—Nussbaum’s deal formerly known as “Pizza Sunday/Monday” has become an everyday offer. Morningside heaves a collective sigh of contentment and not-as-broke-ment; weight gains ensue.

Aaaand speaking of eating, a tipster reports seeing a “hilarious number” of graduates, still swathed in gowns, dining with their families at our very own Campo. Which makes each of those graduates just about the most clothed person that has ever been at Campo, ever. Ever.

Last but not least, we have a Squirrel Man sighting for you folks at home! He too donned a robe this week as he walked about campus and used his hands to attract squirrels.

Boringside: because you don’t have anything better to do with your summer freedom.

Girl handwriting on a boy hand via Wikimedia Commons.

Overseen: Is There No Justice?

It’s that time of year…

Someone, i.e. the WORST PERSON EVER, forgot to return their laundry cart to the Nussbaum basement.

 

Nussbaum & Woo!

Good news for bagel and pizza lovers: Nussbaum & Wu has just reopened! A tipster sent us these photos.

It's open!

There are people inside!

Nussbaum & Boo

The over-priced but much-revered eatery is not open for business today! When asked, those inside deferred to this sign on the door. When Bwog called for comment they hung up on us. Womp. Perhaps the Commisioner of Health and Mental Hygiene was seeking retribution after the Pizza Days price hike. At least the weather’s nice, so the walk to Absolute won’t be that bad.

Bwog wonders what sort of revolting breaches of mental hygiene could have brought on this tragedy.

 

Boringside Heights: Forrealz This Time

So many things have happened this week that it’s almost too much for us to process. There are changes everywhere, new things abound—all this excitement might be dangerous for Bwog’s heart health! Though we may have had a little fun with yesterday’s posts, we promise that today’s edition of Boringside Heights is totally legit. Feast your eyes on the newness of it all!

In Picture-less News:

  • The fruit carts are back! We know we say this a lot, but come on, guys—spring is totally here!!
  • Joe now has a coffee cart manned by some of your fellow Columbians! They’re only serving pre-brewed coffee as of now, but we’re sure they’ll learn the ways of latte art soon
  • A quart of milk at Westside is now $1.39, up 20 cents from the original price. We are not pleased.
  • Saving the best for last: H&H Bagels may (or may not) be served at Uni(brow) “Café”!!! In some serious investigative reporting yesterday, Bwog called Uni “Café” regarding the rumored presence of these famous bagels at their establishment. After hemming and hawing about the irregularity of bagel shipments, a Uni “Café” employee confirmed that the store will sell “H&H Bagels sometimes, but not always.”
Bwog Housing Review: Nussbaum

Location: 600 W. 113th

  • Nearby dorms: McBain and Watt are across Broadway. Hogan and Broadway are only a block away.
  • Stores and restaurants: On top of Nussbaum & Wu and Mill Korean. Across the street from Deluxe, Milano and Campo. The rest of Broadway lies at your fingertips (shoetips?). You will live for Nussbaum pizza day. You will love the Milano men.

Cost: $7,492, mid-range price, same as River, LLC, and Harmony

Amenities:

  • Bathrooms: The number and exclusivity of bathrooms varies by floor. A1 and D2 doubles and the A7 and D2 singles have private bathrooms. Certain C1 doubles have private bathrooms. On most floors, bathrooms are shared with a 3 or 4:1 student to bathroom ratio.
  • AC/Heating: Nussbaum has both AC and heating.
  • Kitchen/Lounge: Some halls have their own kitchens, others share them with the adjacent hall. Kitchens vary in size depending on the floor and hall, but all have refrigerators, ample shelf space, a stove, and a sink.
  • Laundry: The laundry facilities are located in the basement. Nussbaum charges some of the highest laundry prices on campus: $1.70 per washer or dryer.
  • Computers/Printers: There are no printers in Nussbaum. McBain has one NINJA printer, but it is often broken
  • Gym: There’s no gym in Nussbaum, though there is what appears to be a work out bench in the basement.
  • Intra-transportation: Two elevators and a stairwell. The elevators are relatively slow.
  • Wi-Fi:  Wi-Fi and ethernet.
  • Hardwood/Carpet: All floors are hardwood.
  • Facilities: Because Nuss houses non-Columbia residents, it has its own maintenance crew that gets stuff done fast. They clean the bathrooms and kitchens weekly.

 Read more after the jump.

Room variety:

  • Important update: the 14 largest singles in Nussbaum will be converted to doubles for this upcoming year
  • Doubles: 82 rooms, from 174 sq. feet to 220 sq. feet.
  • Singles:  35 rooms, from 124 sq. feet to 160 sq. feet.
  • Windows vary. The rooms in the bottom corner of the “U” have only one window and it faces your neighbor’s blinds. (more…)
ESC: CAVA Moving to Nussbaum, Co-Sponsorship Changes
  • The administration will relocate CAVA to the basement of Nussbaum over the summer. CAVA’s move to Nussbaum surprised many, especially after undergraduate student councils had issued a joint statement supporting CAVA’s bid for space in Broadway. Farther away from campus than Broadway, the larger space in Nussbaum had never been discussed as a possible location for CAVA. Members of the council raised concerns that the increased distance would slow CAVA’s response time. 2012 Class Representative Spencer Almen added, “I’m glad they have a bigger space, but I’m worried about the safety of the students.”
  • ESC voted tonight to form a joint co-sponsorship committee with the other undergraduate councils. This would allow student groups seeking co-sponsorship to only apply to the new committee, instead of applying to each governing board individually. Since the new co-sponsorship policy violates part of the current ESC constitution, it will be amended in a spring review session.
  • Senator Qin reports that the university has launched a new website on ROTC: http://www.columbia.edu/cu/senate/militaryengagement/
Boringside Heights: The Bigger Picture Edition

From the largest interdisciplinary fortress to the tiniest of urban meadows, no news is irrelevant. It’s about the bigger picture.

A broken chain has been spotted on Low Plaza, trespass while you can!

There is construction going on outside Nussbaum & Wu, so there is no outside seating (perhaps irrelevant in these current climes)

Butler Cafe was awarded an A grade in a sanitary inspection. Bwog abounds in Blue Java Pride.

There are men up in the trees, stringing lights for Christmas. If you’re lucky you’ll catch a test run.

Best of the Rest:

Entrance to the North-West Science building has been revealed. It is surprisingly roomy north-west-a-ways.

Pinnacle is undergoing transformation into Uni Café… it will probably still be kind of gross.


Is it boring? It is newsworthy! Boring Sides to tips@bwog.com

Boringside Heights: Why Does Everything Cost (More) Money?
Everything has increased in price, but luckily, life has improved ever so slightly here in Morningside.

  • Pastries in Nussbaum have labels. What’s life without a little bit of mystery?
  • Mel’s fry deal: Fries are now $1.75 with a burger and soda/draft beer. (Fries are usually $4.)
  • There’s a new mushroom salad topping at the salad bar at Maoz.
  • Huzzah! Brand new photocopiers in Butler.
  • There’s new rose-flavored tea and coffee at Tea Magic.
  • John Jay is charging for take-out boxes.
  • To McBain residents’ delight, McBain has a different brand of soap.
  • Oren’s is now 10 cents more expensive, but on a happier note–cider is back!!
  • Hewitt now has “RedHot” hotsauce.
  • New cup holders at Blue Java read “Early bird gets the job.”
Morningside Heights Is A Den Of Filth

Media Luna Mexican Deli did not fare so well.

The Health Department is, as of this summer, requiring that every restaurant in New York display the letter grades they most recently received for cleanliness.

This is a nightmare for everyone; it’s rare that any restaurant will sneak away with no health violations. The grades will be assigned during the next year, when the Health Department conducts its next rounds of inspections. The grades will be issued as follows: 0-13 points gets an A, 14-27 a B, and 28 and above a C. You know, like Calc II.  This numbered rating system, however, is due to be made more lenient (after all, who cares about burned-out lightbulbs?) before the letter grades are assigned so the correlation between numbers and letters isn’t accurate just yet.

In the meantime, that Health Department has created a website that lists the violations of every restaurant in the city after their most recent inspection. The results from Morningside are occasionally surprising (Hewitt/John Jay) and generally terrifying (there are mice everywhere). Here’s a list of the most popular Columbia restaurants and bars. We note when they were most recently reviewed and pick their most notable violations. Individual links don’t work, but if you want to go through every single one of them, go here for 10025 and here for 10027 and start clicking. These restaurants will probably maybe get their shit together in the next year so that they don’t get big old fat B’s in the window once the next round of inspections starts. We can but pray.

  • As of February 23rd, Deluxe, blissfully, has a mere 5 points for its plumbing (which a friend of Bwog’s may be partially accountable for, as she got her pregnancy test stuck in the toilet. Whoops!) Mill Korean has 2 points for plumbing.
  • Brownie’s, you are angelic. 0 points as of last September.
  • Vareli and Maoz each have 2 points, Maoz because it does not have an “immersion basket.” Noobs!
  • As of January, Koronet has a dazzling, sparkling 4 points for plumbing. The Heights also has 4 for mysterious pesticide use as of January.
  • Law School’s Lenfest has 7 for bad toilets as of last November.
  • Cafe East also has 7 as of May for improper cold food storage.
  • Cafe 212 has 8 for inadequate lighting improper “non-food contact surface” construction. So, phew. Last inspected last September.
  • As of last August, Symposium has only 5 points, even though the food sometimes tastes like it has been bathed in chlorine.
  • After a rough 62 violations in June 2009, Campo bounces back with 4.
  • Strokos has 9 violations as of January, one for cold food behind held above 41 ºF.
  • Carleton Lounge in Mudd has 9 as of last December for evidence of mice.
  • As of January, Dinosaur BBQ has 10 for bizarre internal food cooling/heating measures.
  • Ferris Booth gets 12 as of last December for improper cold food storage.
  • Lion’s Head gets 11 as of last February. “Evidence of mice or live mice.” Now it begins, friends.
  • Thai Market has 14 as of March, for improper cleaning.
  • As of May, Uris gets 14 for improper food surface cleaning.
  • JTS: 15, for evidence of mice as of February.
  • The Diana Cafeteria gets 14 as of April for improper cold food storage and undated or expired milk.
  • Heartbreak: M2M gets 15 as of July, for evidence of mice, improper cleaning, “evidence of flying insects” and “inadequate personal cleanliness.”
  • Butler Cafe got 18 in March for the thermometer rule and improper cold food storage.
  • As of June 4th, Ollie’s also gets 15 for cold food held above 41 ºF and evidence of mice.
  • La Negrita, or 999, or whatever, has 15 as of July 8th, but no mice!
  • As of June, Taqueria has 17 points (coulda been worse) for cold food held above 41 ºF but no vermin!
  • John Jay Dining Hall, the would-be mother of them all, got 18 last July for evidence of mice, rats and flying insects.
  • As of last September, Columbia Cottage has 21 points for cold food storage and some weird problem with a thermometer.
  • Le Monde was last inspected in April, and got 21 points for spoiled food. Fun fact: Bwog once found a caterpillar in our salad at Le Monde, but they were very nice about it.
  • Cannon’s, which the Health Department spells “Gannon’s” gets 21 for improper handwashing, a bad bathroom, etc. Last inspected in March.
  • Max Soha has 23 points as of January for mice, flying insects and improper food surface cleaning.
  • Kitchenette got 23 last December for roaches and improper cold food storage.
  • Some actually shocking news: Hewitt has 5 more points than John Jay, clocking in at 23 as of March, for food unprotected from contamination, improper thawing procedures, and improper lighting.
  • Roti Roll, or “Roti Rill” according to the Department, gets a 25 (still not a C, right!) for flying insects and improper cold food storage. Inspected in July.
  • Tom’s, last inspected in September 2009, gets 21 for the weird thermometer problem and improper cold food storage.
  • Vine, inspected in March, stores neither hot nor cold food correctly, and gets a 22.
  • As of March, Nussbaum has 23: evidence of mice.
  • Faculty House, fanciest place in the 100-27, gets 25 for evidence of mice and improper storage or usage of sanitized equipment as of March.
  • Havana Central has evidence of mice and spoiled food as of March; 24 points.
  • Inspected in January, 1020 shocks and awes with 22 points for improper handwashing facility/toilet area.
  • Hungarian: 22 points for evidence of mice and rats as of January.
  • We knew Pinkberry was made of weird animals. Well, psych, but it is apparently made of unpasteurized milk, earning it a whopping 30 points.

More listings, while we’re at it: in the Princeton Review 2011 college listings, Columbia was listed as being in a “great college town.” Unclear if that’s Morningside Heights or New York, but you make your own guesstimate. The Princeton Review also ranked the Top 20 best college newspapers. Guess who’s missing?

Update: And we almost forgot Pinnacle—21 points as of February, for evidence of mice, milk improperly dated/expired.