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An illustration with “BOOTS” written in the middle, and boots are below and above the words.

These boots were made for walking: A guide to the best boot styles

Polished, practical and perfect for any event, these boots will help you put your best foot forward this spring.
Noor Maahin and Isabella Jambrina April 11, 2024

With spring fast approaching, it can be hard to find a reliable style of shoes that work with every outfit in all types of weather. However, rain or shine, boots are always the...

Bobian Demce standing with his arms crossed, looking up in front of a wall of photos.

Dua Kafe is the heart and soul of Albanian food in the East Village

Meet Bobian Demce, the man introducing Albanian food to the East Village.
Carina Christo, Contributing Writer April 11, 2024

Growing up with Albanian roots from my dad’s side, I loved Balkan specialties like spinach byrek and savory phyllo dough pies, as they were staples in my household. Sunday services...

An illustration of a plate with yellow rice, chicken legs and red onion.

The only chicken biryani recipe you’ll ever need

There are many ways to make a tasty chicken biryani at home, but my mom’s South Indian-style dum biryani is always a hit. Bring it to your next potluck, dinner party or date night.
Teresa Mettela, Contributing Writer April 10, 2024

As with many immigrant families, food is often a labor of love — and my household is no exception. Growing up, it was pretty rare to hear my mom say the words “I love you.”...

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‘The Ways of Langston Hughes’ dives into the relationship between two creative pioneers of the Harlem Renaissance

The current exhibition on display at the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture offers a glimpse into the life and work of Langston Hughes as documented by his longtime collaborator Griffith Davis.
Leila Anderson, Contributing Writer April 10, 2024

The Harlem Renaissance as a creative, cultural movement was extremely influential in changing perceptions of Black culture and consciousness across the United States and internationally....

Five women stand in front of a crowd dressed in black, green, orange, red and white modest dresses.

NYU student uses fashion and femininity to raise money for victims in Sudan

For her senior thesis showcase titled “The Garment of Ghorba,” Rund Mohammed used fashion to commemorate traditional Sudanese culture and style.
Zara Yasmine Rawoof, Contributing Writer April 9, 2024

This past Sunday at the Kimmel Center for University Life, GLS senior Rund Mohammed presented her senior thesis showcase and fashion show, titled “Garment of Ghorba.” The curated...

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Haven’t posted in a while? Snap a photo at one of these charming NYC locations

If you’re looking for something new to add to your Instagram feed, have a photoshoot in one of these picturesque spots.
Pritheva Zakaria, Staff Writer April 9, 2024

New York City is considered to be one of the most instagrammable cities in the world. But instead of flocking to tourist attractions and intentional brand photo-ops, most New Yorkers...

A brown bag lays flat on a white surface. Around it are a small blue hairbrush, a blush stick, a perfume rollerball, a perfume bottle, a wallet and a small jar of lip mask.

What’s in our bags?

WSN's culture editors go through the abyss that is each of their bags.

Every day, we walk on campus lugging around the usuals — our wallet, NYU ID, laptop — but they’re rarely the reason our bags are so heavy. From perfume bottles to journals,...

Dozens of people walk through rows of tulips while picking them to create bouquets.

Spring in bloom at Union Square’s Tulip Day

A pop-up installation of 200,000 tulips brought thousands of New Yorkers to Union Square for an afternoon of flower picking.
Juliana Guarracino, Culture Editor April 8, 2024

This past Sunday afternoon, locals flocked to Union Square to grab a free bouquet of tulips from a pop-up garden of 200,000 flowers. In honor of Tulip Day, Royal Anthos, a Dutch...

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Identity, community and expression at NYU Queer Prom

NYU Queer Prom promised a night full of fashion and fun for the LGBTQ+ community.
Briggs Négron, Contributing Writer April 8, 2024

This past Thursday, NYU’s Queer Union hosted Queer Prom, an opportunity for LGBTQ+ students to be themselves and celebrate in community. At the starry night-themed event, Clive...

Lower half of a person in front of a market holding a yellow Wegmans tote bag.

Is grocery delivery worth it?

If you find food shopping in New York City difficult, grocery delivery may be your saving grace.
Brianna Ly, Staff Writer April 5, 2024

Arduous, tiring and burdensome should not be words that describe grocery shopping, but sometimes in New York City they are. There are few things worse than that 15-minute walk...

A person walking in Washington Square Park is wearing a brown mini skirt, black sneakers and a black open-knit sweater over a white tank top, while carrying a yellow tote bag.

Cultivate your spring wardrobe with these 6 blooming trends

Shed the layers and bring this season’s clothing essentials to the city streets.
Isabella Jambrina, Staff Writer April 5, 2024

As the city thaws at the dawn of a new season, warmer weather and sunny days bring New Yorkers out of their apartment hibernation. The start of spring is the perfect opportunity...

A girl gesturing to her white sweatshirt with the words “NEW YORK UNIVERSITY.” There is a stylized logo on the front of the sweatshirt.

I got into NYU! On the second try

Although my journey getting into NYU was filled with uncertainty, I learned that my initial rejection was just redirection.
Liz Lindain, Staff Writer April 4, 2024

When I first applied to NYU in 2019 as a senior in high school, I was rejected. As a 17-year-old who dreamed about attending the university for years, I was crushed. Two years...