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Housing Guide 2020


(Photo by Mandie Montes)


Living in New York City is something I feel we often take for granted. Is it the greatest city in the world? Occasionally. As a friend of mine (Max Ferguson, who is featured in this issue) aptly said to me last summer, it’s a city that tests your dreams. It’s spontaneous, ruthless, robust, supportive, challenging and a place where we’ve all had to grow up 10 times faster than if we were living anywhere else. And being at NYU, we are privileged to be “in and of the city” — as the school’s marketing team cleverly pitches out year to year.

As someone who’s moved around a lot, going from India to various suburbs of Massachusetts and then to NYU, I’ve always had a weird relationship with whatever living space I had. Home always felt temporary because I was waiting to move somewhere else. Go figure that I end up in New York City where residential stability is the last thing that comes to mind, even when it comes to living at a prestigious university such as this one.

I’m figuring out how to get by in this city along with everyone else and I hope this Housing Guide gives our readers an expansive insight into all aspects of living at NYU and New York City.

When you first open this issue you will be able to read the usual dorm statistics (that you’ll eventually find on NYU’s website), assembled by Deputy Managing Editors Paul Kim, Ronni Husmann and Anna-Dmitry Muratova. But, for the first time, we’ve also explored several of NYU’s study away and abroad options, featuring an in depth look at dorms in locations ranging from London to Abu Dhabi to Accra to Washington D.C., and more! Huge thanks to Abroad Editor Sam Brinton and her team of Abroad Correspondents, Alexandria Johnson, Liv Rocklin, Mitch Bedows and Jonathan Schatzberg, as well as contributing writers Yusuf Husain, Calais Watkins, Ben Davis and Hanna Khosravi.

We also have a collection of stories — features, creative writing, photo essays and video diaries — in print and online that add more dimensions to understanding what it’s like to live in New York City than past Housing Guides. We’re hoping to show the diversity and strength in our storytelling forms unlike any Special Issue before, and I’m incredibly proud of my team’s ambition, diligence and execution.

I’d like to thank the Dwight Schrute to my Michael Scott, UTA Senior Editor Mandie Montes. Not only did Mandie write an incredible feature, but she was integral in maintaining our workflow and my sanity during this process and I’m glad to continue working with her this semester.

Next, I must thank Celia Tewey and Sara Miranda, our Exposures Editor and Features Multimedia Editor respectively, who produced a stunning photo series and led the initiative of getting original photography of all our dorms and stories. They were assisted by Multimedia Editor Alexandra Chan, Deputy Multimedia Editor Chelsea Li, Photo Editor Jake Capriotti, Video Editor Leo Sheingate (who also made a great short documentary) and Deputy Video Editor Alex Tran.

To our Creative Directors Debbie Alalade and Charlie Dodge, thank you for all that you do on a daily basis. Your design, layout, illustrations and animations for this are spectacular.

I want to thank the rest of the Under the Arch team for producing incredible content across all sections and being very audacious with everything they set out to complete: our Deputy Editors Sammy Tavassoli and Alejandra Arevalo, Voices Editors Maxine Flasher-Duzgunes and Jessica Fiorella, Video Producer Claire Feng and Staff Writers/Illustrators Rachel Lee and Eugene Hu.

Huge thanks to the copy desk, consisting of Chiefs Dana Sun and Daija Dewberry, Deputy Copy Chiefs Kim Rice (who also wrote for us), Nicole Chiarella and Isabel Tan, and editors Addison Knies, Rob Loeser, Destine Mason, Shy Mitchell, Carolina Orozco and Nicholas Pabon. Without you, our pieces would be filled with Oxford commas, bad spelling and incorrect facts. I also want to thank Editor-In-Chief Cole Stallone and Managing Editor Abby Hofstetter for their support and guidance throughout the process.

If you’re reading this, thank you. The Housing Guide has traditionally been one of our most mundane mandated corporate projects but over the past few years, we’ve tried to find ways to keep things fresh at your favorite independent student newspaper. This issue represents a lot of small and big changes for us and the direction we’re going in, and we are elated to be sharing it with you.

—Guru Ramanathan, Under the Arch Managing Editor

NYU Housing Options

Explore NYC, study away and study abroad options
that NYU Housing provides for students.

Paul Kim, Deputy Managing Editor
Ronni Husmann, Deputy Managing Editor
Anna-Dmitry Muratova, Deputy Managing Editor,
Sam Brinton, Abroad Editor

Abroad Correspondents
Alexandria Johnson, Yusuf Husain, Liv Rocklin, Mitch Bedows and Jonathan Schatzberg

Contributing Writers
Calais Watkins, Ben Davis and Hanna Khosravi

Photos by
Celia Tewey, Sara Miranda, Alexandra Chan, Chelsea Li, Jake Capriotti, Leo Sheingate, Alex Tran, Ivanna Vargas, Maame Attakora, James Class, Laurie Germain, Asata Spears, Laura Shkouratoff, Allison Harrari, Sam Brinton and Sam Klein

The Struggle to Validate Food Allergies

Students discuss the complications of uncooperative roommates
disregarding their allergies as a form of a disability.

Written by and Photos by
Mandie Montes, Under the Arch Senior Editor

Illustration by
Charlie Dodge, Creative Director

Coming Home to Xenophobia: Racism in the Dorm Room

First-year international students share how cultural and communication
differences made them seek out Bed-for-Bed roommate exchanges.

Written, Photos and Animation by
Sammy Tavassoli, Under the Arch Deputy Editor

Insomni-Act: Six Late-Night Spots to Know Around NYU

Spend your whole night or quickly treat yourself
at one of these late-night spots.

Words and Photos by
Celia Tewey, Exposures Editor
Sara Miranda, Features Multimedia Editor

Blueprinted Memories: An NYU Floor Plan

Prose collection of our staff writers’
current or past experiences living in NYU Housing.

Maxine Flasher-Duzgunes, Voices Editor
Jessica Fiorella, Voices Editor
Mandie Montes, Under the Arch Senior Editor
Kimberly Rice, Deputy Copy Chief
Eugene Hu, Staff Writer

Layout by
Deborah Alalade, Creative Director

Illustrations by
Charlie Dodge, Creative Director

A New York City Summer: The Chore of Passion

A personal narrative about ignoring a
beautiful summer to claim a slice of the city.

Maxine Flasher-Duzgunes, Voices Editor

Illustration by
Rachel Lee, Staff Illustrator

Best NYU Dorm Views

What the headline says.

Words and Photos by
Alejandra Arevalo, Deputy Under the Arch Editor

Couch Surfers

In this video series, two NYU students
share their stories about their time couch surfing,
experiencing New York through another lens.

Produced and Edited by
Claire Feng, Under the Arch Video Producer

Late Lipton Study Sessions Lead to Romance

A slow accumulation of regulars in the Lipton Lounge
brought together several residents,
including Enrique Colon and Sofia Bates, who found
that the dorm environment helped
establish the foundation of their relationship.

Directed, Produced, Filmed and Edited by
Leo Sheingate, Video Editor

Illustrations and Animations by
Charlie Dodge, Creative Director

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About the Contributor
Guru Ramanathan
Guru Ramanathan, Under the Arch Managing Editor
Guru Ramanathan is a senior in Tisch majoring in Dramatic Writing. Born in India, but living in Boston for most of his life, he was initially very confused by the lack of Dunkin’ Donuts in New York City but grew to love Starbucks' hot chocolate. Guru lives and breathes film to the point where every other thing he says is probably a movie quote, and he was also a tennis and piano player for 10 years each. If you ever need to find him he will probably be writing something on the seventh floor of Bobst or the Dramatic Writing department’s half of the seventh floor in Tisch. Follow him on Instagram and listen to his podcast, “The Passion Project.”

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