Housing Reviews 2012: Schapiro

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Location: 605-615 W. 115th Street.

  • Nearby dorms: Furnald, Woodbridge
  • Stores and restaurants: UPS Store (yay!), the best Halal cart, Lerner, Morton Williams, M2M, Uni Cafe


  • $6,718 (same as Wien, McBain, Broadway)


  • Bathrooms: Floor bathrooms. Relatively small and gross.
  • AC/Heating: Air conditioning and heat.
  • Kitchen/Lounge: Every floor has a new-ish lounge with a kitchen, furniture, and flatscreen.
  • Laundry: Huge industrial laundry room in the basement.
  • Computers/Printers: Computer lab on the first floor with one printer.
  • Gym: None.
  • Intra-transportation: Three amazingly quick elevators.
  • Hardwood/Carpet: Carpeting, but a few rooms have vinyl flooring.
  • Wi-Fi: Yes
  • Practice rooms with pianos in the basement.

Room variety:

  • Singles: Tons and tons of singles that are around 107 sq. ft.  The 22 and 20 line of singles are about 120 sq. ft. Almost entirely singles on the 10th through 16th floors.
  • Doubles: The 2nd through 9th floors have doubles available on either wing.  They are pretty cramped at around 175 sq. ft.  The 30/28 line of doubles run about 200 sq. ft.
  • The 05/07 line has walk-through doubles on every floor, but they’re awkwardly shaped, and cumulatively about 210 sq. ft.  Also, RIGHT behind the elevator shaft.


  • Doubles: Are available even to unlucky sophomores.  Same for the walkthroughs ~10/3000
  • Singles: Cut-off will likely land somewhere in the last bunch of rising Juniors.  ~20/2800

Bwog recommendation:

  • Many residents enjoy the privacy Schapiro offers.
  • If you need to preserve personal space with a single, Schapiro is a great option for rising Juniors, comparable to Broadway.  But don’t come here expecting the open-door friendliness of John Jay single living.  Schapiro residents tend to be much more distant.
  • For rising sophomores, Schapiro is a decent alternative to McBain or Wien in the search for doubles, but you can find much bigger rooms and a more sophomore-friendly social atmosphere in McBain.

Resident opinions:

  • “I lived in a bigg(ish) double on the second floor as a junior (shafted, I know), but given the nice location with easy access to Riverside park, being right across from campus and relatively close to food, it’s not terrible.”
  • “Complaints: weird heater noises and unbearable heat at all times, it’s way too quiet of a dorm if you are a social person, NO floor refrigerators even though there is a floor kitchen and disgusting, cramped bathrooms.”
  • “I love Schapiro after living in Carman and then Broadway.  It’s so nice having your own room, and the building is always quiet because there isn’t much going on.”
  • “Ugh.  I hate it here.  Nobody does anything, like, ever.  The bathrooms are small and quickly get disgusting.  Idk why, but there are flies in the bathroom.  This place is kind of a bummer after living in Carman last year.”
  • “Living in a Schapiro single can actually be quite nice, and having working AC is definitely a plus. Make sure to get a room on a top floor — they haven’t renovated the bathrooms on the lower ones and they are absolutely disgusting.”



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  1. Anonymous  

    the bathrooms on the upper floors were renovated last summer and aren't gross at all. much better than any other dorm bathrooms i've seen, in fact. plus the upper floors have half the number of people, so there's not many people you're stuck sharing with (ex: my floor has six girls, which makes for no bathroom wait with two stalls and two showers)

  2. Anonymous

    the remaining floors (2-10) are getting renovated this summer

  3. i lived here once...

    and i had a wonderful experience. in particularly, i really loved the bedbugs. definitely consider this place.

  4. Also  

    The study lounge on the top floor is sweet and has awesome views.

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