Feliz Año Nuevo?

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It seems Havana Central has gotten their hands on the email addresses of several Columbia student groups! Lately they’ve been spamming inboxes with invitations to celebrate New Years Eve with the good folks at the wholly unpopular M’side watering hole.

The flyer advertises “strong Cuban drinks PLUS New Years party favors” (emphasis ours). But wait! There’s más.

For just $195 (a bargain given that they’re providing the New Years party favors!), you can purchase one ticket to party during the 10pm shift at Havana Central’s Times Sq. branch–what we’re calling Havana Central Central. But worry not, cheapskates and early-birds: If you plan to ring in 2008 at 6pm, seating at Havana Central Central is just $125.

And thus concludes Havana Central (Central)’s completely brilliant plan to attract Columbia patrons by throwing a $200-per-ticket party in the middle of the University’s 39-day winter break.

See you there, comrades!

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  1. oh ha  

    calling a vaguely cuban restaurant comrades...

    oh... soo... funny.

  2. bwog=stupid  

    Take Principles of Economics, learn about what high Demand does to prices, and then try rewriting this article, k?

    (I'm not at all interested in this event, but I'm sure some of the 1 million people who celebrate New Year's in and around Times Square go to Columbia).

    • #2 = stupid  


      high demand doesn't "do" anything to prices.

      owners raise prices if they want to, but they can also keep prices low in the face of high demand. (owners are also equally welcome to charge sky-high prices even if they get no customers.)

      • #4 = petulant  

        Of course high demand doesn't change the prices by itself, but raising the prices is the rational response of a profit-maximizing firm. The article implies there's something surprising about Havana Central charging a lot, which is ignorant. Just because they could keep prices low if they wanted to doesn't mean there's any good reason to do so.

        • GAH!  

          The whole premise of the article is that there will be no demand for a party during winter break (when much of the university is elsewhere), especially at these prices.

          Perhaps you have arguments to the contrary, but simply stating that high prices are necessarily due to high demand is what's ignorant.

          • I think  

            that bwog is more surprised at the notion that someone would pay almost $200 to spend New Years at a place as crappy as Havana Central.

            If you're willing to spend that much money already, why not just throw down another $50 or so and go to a hall? There are many outside of Manhattan that throw pretty fabulous New Year's Eve parties.

          • oops  

            that was in reply to #6, not 7.

          • 9 again  

            A hall is, you know, a catering hall. Where people often have wedding receptions, sweet 16s, etc. Often, these places (at least where I'm from) will throw a huge party on New Year's Eve and charge a ticket fee to attend. I went to one a couple of years ago, and it was kind of expensive, but definitely way more worth it than Havana Central...awesome food, decent music, and open bar from 9 pm until 2 am. Can't go wrong.

        • Economist  

          So high demand leads to high prices eh? How clever of you. Now, given that Havana Central has existed for less than a year, what basis would they have to gauge the level of demand for a New Year's party at Havana Central then?

          Hence, Bwog is correct in calling them out for bad judgment, and you are incorrect.

          • Alum

            Havana Central presumably is not banking on a CU-only crowd on New Year's Eve, but there are surely going to be quite a few Columbians in NYC that night who have yet to decide where to go. Not everyone leaves town over break, y'know.

            I'm no fan of spamming, but if all we're talking about are economic considerations then I have to point out that spam is free (unless HC is spamming illegally and gets charged with a crime). I don't see how anyone can call it stupid to advertize at no cost.

  3. bwog=lame  

    And I almost forgot: who the hell calls Morningside Heights M'side? M'side!? Seriously?!

  4. Ludwig von Mises

    If we were still on the gold standard, this party would cost no more than $1.75.

    • rjt  

      Something tells me Ludwig von Mises is voting for Ron Paul.

    • Richard von Mises  

      My older brother... You must accept the truth of the universe around you. I have done extensive experimentation and have observed that we do not use a gold standard and this party in fact costs much more than $1.75. Please reserve your anti-positivist notions for your theoretical dream world which runs on metaphysics. I'll stick with good-old physics that comes from experiments and can be corroborated with mathematical models. Thank you very much for your time.

  5. Bethmann-Hollweg  

    To be fair, the premise of the article is that anyone who spends money to celebrate New Year's Eve at Havana Central is an absolute moron.

  6. #2, 3, 6  

    People, read. There are 1 million people within a few blocks of Times Square on New Year's Eve. A lot of them would pay a lot of money to go to Applebee's, for crying out loud.

    1 million people. Some of them might go to Columbia. It's really not that complicated.

    • Anonymous  

      Then why advertise? I'm sure people will show up on that day anyway if you put a sign in front of the location, and then you don't have to spend money buying shitty list-servs from shady identity thieves or Columbia itself.

      Therefore, it is still dumb, and so are you for thinking this is appropriate advertising.

    • Dude,  

      why are you spending so much time and energy defending HAVANA CENTRAL?

  7. DHI  

    The sad thing is that so many Columbia students are missing out on the New York experience by limiting themselves to one location of Havana Central.

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