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Controversy Continues Over Manhattanville Expansion

Real life doesn’t have midterms. This past Tuesday, the Coalition to Preserve Community protested outside Columbia’s Harlem employment information center, chanting slogans such as “Harlem: Not for Sale” and “Floridita: Not for Sale.” Videos from this protest of about fifty people, including Columbia students, were posted today, and you can see Floridita owner Ramon Diaz […]

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Bwoglines: Law and Order Edition

Floridita (you know, that Cuban restaurant that was relocated due to Manhattanville expansion) is suing Columbia University for moving it to a building contaminated with asbestos. This isn’t the first of Columbia’s asbestos-related issues. (Village Voice) Starbucks’ new 31-ounce Trenta cup can hold an entire bottle of wine. Oh, the possibilities! (Eater) A Connecticut pot […]

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Boringside Heights: Mixed Bag (Including Aliens!) Edition

Bwog’s weekly round-up of neighborhood news sees many odd occurrences. Please continue to help keep us as well-informed as possible by tipping your boringest to Hewitt has new, larger, and more sophisticated-ly round mugs, (more mug drama here). At Panino Sportivo, the 38th person to order a sandwich  gets it for free. These correspond […]

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Bwoglines: Catharsis Edition

Books have been deemed unnecessary. (Telegraph) Professor Joseph Stiglitz talks about money and stuff. (Daily Finance) Breaking: Letting children play with smart phones is bad for their development. (Today’s THV) Floridita shall live on. (Spec) Midterms may be stressful, but don’t start bashing cars. (Gothamist) Photo via Wikimedia Commons

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Bwoglines: Openings and Closings Edition

Floridita closed–forcibly, and by Columbia–for “repairs.” You got some ‘splainin to do, PrezBo! (Spec) If it’s any consolation, Maoz opens today, and we’ll have a taste test up later in the day. Falafel, anyone? (Spec) A trip into the Village Voice archives takes us back to wild-riotin’ CU. Dated references abound: “Jimi Hendrix blared from […]

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Eminent Domain! Huh! What Is It Good For?

Today at noon a group of activists (and a bunch of reporters) gathered at Floridita to celebrate the recent decision by the New York State Court to annul claims of eminent domain in the Manhattanville area. Speakers included Manhattanville landowner Nicholas Sprayregen, lawyer Norman Siegel, and state senator Bill Perkins. Bwog was there with a […]

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Cable News Channel Actually Sides with Student Protesters

 – Photo via The Harlem Eye Ten days ago, student activists and the Columbia administration clashed over the 125th Street establishment Floridita, as the university intervened to kill a NY1 story about the restaurant’s fight with Floridita owner Ramon Diaz. The university claimed to still be in negotiations with Diaz over the termination of his […]

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QuickSpec: Signs of the Apocalypse Edition

Lerner 6 being developed. No word on whether the new floor will have a Second Avenue Subway stop. Take Back the Night: Now with men. Floridita is slightly more doomed than usual. Nobody talking about 1968. (OK, except this column.) More CCSC complaints. Well, those are a little more normal.

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From the Issue: Eating at Floridita

Floridita 3219 Broadway (at 126th Street) Average entrée, roughly $8 Si te gusta la comida barata y rica, y si puedes entender estas palabras, el restaurante de tus sueños está situado cerca de la universidad. You don’t need to comprehend that sentence to appreciate Floridita, the large celery-green restaurant in south Manhattanville. It has all […]

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