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Housing Reviews 2013: Wien

Location: 411 W. 116th Street.

  • Nearby dorms: East Campus
  • Stores and restaurants: It’s a bit desolate over on 116th and Amsterdam. HamDel, food cart, Camille’s (if you’re brave)

Cost:

  • $7,340  (Same as McBain, Schapiro, Furnald, and Broadway)

Amenities:

  • Noteworthy: You get a sink in your room. A sink! In your room!
  • Bathrooms: Amazing!  Normal floor bathrooms, recently renovated.
  • AC/Heating: No A/C.  Pleeeenty of heat. Heaters also make a lot of noise.
  • Kitchen/Lounge:  Lounges on 5, 7, and 9 with a flat-screen, chairs and couches.  The only big kitchen is downstairs, so cooking isn’t really an option.
  • Laundry: Big laundry room near the kitchen. Nothing fancy.
  • Computers/Printers: Computers and printers next to the laundry on the lobby mezzanine.
  • Gym: Nope.
  • Intra-transportation: Two elevators and a central stairwell.
  • Wi-Fi:  Wi-Fi and ethernet.
  • Hardwood/Carpet: Hardwood or linoleum. The blue tile is kind of gross.

 Read more after the jump.Room variety:

  • Singles: Tons of John Jay-esque singles.  Maybe a little bigger. Around 118 sq. ft.
  • Doubles: A variety of single room and walk-through doubles. Pretty random sizes.  Some are big! Averaging around 150 sq. ft. for each room.

Numbers:

  • Last year’s final single went to 10/751.
  • Last year’s final walk-through went to 10/2201.
  • Last year’s final double went to 10/2976.

Bwog recommendation:

  • Wien has a bad rap, but it seems to have turned around after renovations. Read a classy defense of this much-maligned dorm!
  • The singles are a good option for rising juniors who don’t want to go to Schapiro.
  • The doubles are hit or miss.  If you can score a good one, nab it.  As a rising sophomore, you probably won’t have a better choice..


Resident opinions:

  • “I dont know why people talk shit about the sink it is the best! I was skeptical. But its the most convenient thing, at this point I am pretty sure I am dependent. And no critters.”
  • “The bathrooms are super nice! Seriously! Come check them out! Some fake marble business going on and little shower vestibules. Also a view of Harlem/central park from the toilet. I can watch planes land at JFK from the comfort of the last stall.”
  • “The toilets by the window on the higher floors have amazing views over the East Side and right into Prezbo’s backyard. it’s a little like being the Shitting Queen of Sheba!”
  • “The sink in the room thing cannot be stressed enough. it’s not gross and it’s amazingly useful-the mirror over the sink is actually a vanity, and the mirror slides open so you can access all your makeup/toiletries while still being able to use the mirror. technology.”
  • “The kitchen thing is really the only drawback. But my roommate and I were bequeathed a hotplate from an ex-Wiener, and we invested in a toaster oven, and we can pretty much do everything.”
  • “Thin walls and more importantly thin doors-noise from your neighbor isn’t as much of a problem as noise from the hall.”

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12 Comments

  • ha says:

    @ha What a bunch of Wieners

    ba dum tsh

  • Current Wien-er says:

    @Current Wien-er It sucks. There are many reasons, but my main complaints:
    – the shitty kitchen (all the “stoves” and oven were once completely broken for more than a week)
    – the overwhelming (and uncontrollable) heater. i have to leave the window open – even during the winter for the room to not be a sauna.
    – the asocial atmosphere. no one ever talks to each other. and even parties are difficult because the walls are so thin.

    Avoid Wien! My friends and I picked into it last year because we had disappointing lottery numbers but thought it might be ok… no, Wien sucks. Literally the only good thing about it is the sink.

  • Anonymous says:

    @Anonymous I’ve seen fruit flies in a Wien bathroom. And unlike Schapiro that has a thin door, Wien has a thin door AND walls. Prepare to be driven insane in your 90 ft cell.

    1. Anonymous says:

      @Anonymous The thin walls are a double-edged sword. A couple weeks ago, I broke a hole in the wall and started using it as a gloryhole with my neighbor. Unfortunately, that neighbor later broke a peephole into the wall, which totally killed the thrill of the gloryhole. It’s only fun if you can’t see who’s on the other side, you know? I think I’m going to file a maintenance request to have my holes plugged.

  • SEAS '13 says:

    @SEAS '13 PSA: The ceilings on the 9th floor are about 2ft higher than any of the other floors. It makes a huge difference in the way the rooms feel.

  • In defense of says:

    @In defense of Camille’s.
    There’s nothing sketchy about grabbing your morning coffee/pastry there! The coffee is delicious, the cheapest in the neighborhood, and the staff is really, really sweet.

  • Wiener says:

    @Wiener Wien really isn’t that bad.
    (1) Camille’s has these amazing hot-out-of-the-oven chocolate chip cookies for 50 cents. It’s amazing.
    (2) Having a sink in your room is the best.
    (3) Cooking can be an option easily if you get a hotplate and a microwave. You can’t use an oven, yes, but there’s plenty of things you can do with a stovetop.
    (4) The walls aren’t that thin.
    (5) Heaters are only loud if you turn them off (which sucks because then you have to turn them on and be burning up, especially at night). I’ve found that turning the heat on full blast and opening my window to run my fan is the perfect temperature combination.

  • Anonymous says:

    @Anonymous Has its own private courtyard and next to East Campus.

  • say crack one more time says:

    @say crack one more time the heating in all but a select few dorms is overwhelming. crack a window.

  • Face Morningside! Do it! says:

    @Face Morningside! Do it! It’s an incredible view on the higher floors. Such a picturesque view of Morningside Park! The sun rises and streams into your room…beautiful if you need direct light.

  • Just being honest says:

    @Just being honest I peed in my sink all the time when I lived there, it’s a great alternative to walking all 20 feet to the bathroom.

  • if you live in wien says:

    @if you live in wien carry on the wien zine! its an important legacy of this institution. institutional memory goddamnit! wienzine.wordpress.com

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