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A reproductive rights protest at Washington Square Park. Protesters hold signs saying “Jews for Productive Rights,” “Men of Quality don’t fear Equality,” “NYU stand up for Reproductive Rights,” “Sex is beautiful; Reproduction is optional,” “Abortion is Healthcare” and “Abortion = Healthcare = Human Right.” NYU sophomore JJ Briscoe holds a megaphone and speaks to the crowd.

Students protest Bobst Library anti-abortion demonstrators

NYU students rallied for reproductive rights in Washington Square Park last Thursday in response to an anti-abortion protest outside of NYU’s Bobst Library the previous week.
Lauren Ashe, Senior Staff Writer April 4, 2022
A group of NYU students organized a rally in Washington Square Park last Thursday in response to an anti-abortion protest held outside of NYU’s Bobst Library during the prior week.
An illustration of the Washington Square Arch. Behind the arch sits gray and brown alternating high-rises. On the top right are the words “The Daybook” in an arched shape.

What to do this week: Food festival, sustainable fashion show and more

The Daybook is WSN’s weekly column listing in-person and online events at NYU and across New York City. This week: April 4-10.
The News Desk April 4, 2022

A workshop on racial justice solidarity 1-3 p.m. on Zoom Free registration, restricted to the NYU community Join NYU’s workshop comparing performative allyship and solidarity...

A bronze sculpture depicting Theodore Roosevelt riding a horse. On one side stands an indigneous person and on the other side stands a Black person.

Faculty petition demands NYC Theodore Roosevelt statue be dismantled

The open letter calls for the halt of the statue’s planned move from the American Museum of Natural History to the Theodore Roosevelt National Park in 2026.
Joyce Li, Contributing Writer March 31, 2022

More than 50 NYU faculty members signed an open letter demanding that the statue of former President Theodore Roosevelt, which stood outside the American Museum of Natural...

A birds-eye-view of the Lower East Side and Financial District skyline at night. In the middle, a street converges with the horizon. Parked cars line the sides of the street.

Students struggle to afford off-campus housing as rents surge

Due to increases in New York City rent prices, many students at NYU’s Greenwich Village campus are having trouble finding affordable apartments.
Carmo Moniz and Belle Mbaezue March 30, 2022

With New York City rent prices at a historic high, many students are struggling to find affordable off-campus housing for this upcoming summer and the 2022-23 academic year. Some...

A crowd of mainly young protestors hold up a red banner saying People Not Profit and other protest signs on a march across the Brooklyn Bridge pedestrian path on a cloudy day as an American flag waves in the wind on top of the bridges arches.

Hundreds take over Brooklyn Bridge for climate justice

Fridays for Future, a youth-led climate advocacy movement, organized a global strike to pressure legislators to enact environmental legislation on Friday, March 25.
Kayla Hardersen, Senior Staff Writer March 29, 2022

Hundreds marched from Brooklyn Borough Hall to Manhattan’s Foley Square on Friday, March 25, as part of a strike condemning government inaction against climate change. Members...

The exterior of the REI SoHo Flagship Store. The storefront has words that read “REI Co-Op” and “Since 1938.” The facade of the building is predominantly red with green trim around the windows. The building sits just behind a busy traffic intersection, and a black car is passing the store as pedestrians cross the street.

REI student workers anticipate NLRB union certification

The REI in SoHo is the first location to unionize. NYU student employees hope the union contract will lead to improved working conditions.
Elias Lopez, Contributing Writer March 10, 2022

Workers at the REI flagship location in SoHo won a vote to form a union 88 to 14 on Wednesday, March 2, making them the outdoor equipment retailer’s first unionized store. Employees...

An illustration of the Washington Square Arch. Behind the arch sits gray and brown alternating high-rises. On the top right are the words “The Daybook” in an arched shape.

What to do this week: NYU event with Solange and more

The Daybook is WSN’s weekly column listing in-person and online events at NYU and across New York City. This week: March 7 to March 13.
Carmo Moniz and Lauren Ashe March 7, 2022

A gallery to reflect on loss Noon-5 p.m. at 8 Washington Mews Free, restricted to the NYU community NYU community members are invited to visit the “Grief Garden,” a...

The exterior facade of the Astor Place Starbucks location is covered by scaffolding as pedestrians walk by underneath.

How baristas at the Astor Place Starbucks are fighting to unionize

A Starbucks near NYU’s Washington Square campus has joined a national movement to unionize for increased pay and improved working conditions.
Alina Hollister, Staff Writer March 1, 2022

The Starbucks location on Astor Place has joined a surging national movement to unionize, uniting with two New York City and two Long Island Starbucks stores in a push for increased...

A group of protesters gathered in Times Square and held a large Ukrainian flag between them.

NYC protests denounce Russian invasion of Ukraine

Several demonstrations were held across New York City last week at locations from Russia’s United Nations headquarters to the Ukrainian National Home.
Kayla Hardersen and Shaina Vora February 28, 2022

Thousands of demonstrators took to the streets throughout New York City this last week to stand with Ukraine following Russia’s military invasion. Large protests converged...

Protesters gathered in front of New York City Hall holding signs saying Mayor Adams: Keep Your God Out Of Our Government and We Need Faith Based Not Faith Debased.

New Yorkers rally against anti-LGBTQ+ mayoral appointees

More than 100 demonstrators protested in front of New York City Hall in opposition to the hirings of Gilford Monrose, Erick Salgado and Fernando Cabrera by Mayor Eric Adams.
Pashmina Khan, Contributing Writer February 28, 2022

Around 150 protesters gathered outside of New York City Hall on Thursday, Feb. 24 calling to rescind the appointment of three pastors to Mayor Eric Adams’ administration. The...

Passengers wait on the subway platform as an R train approaches the station.

Village Community Board talks local crime, subway safety at latest meeting

Members of Manhattan Community Board 2 discussed community safety, armed crimes and NYU’s impact on the surrounding community at its Feb. 17 meeting.
Isabella Tapia, Contributing Writer February 22, 2022

Manhattan Community Board 2, which represents Greenwich Village and neighboring areas, discussed 181 Mercer St., the resurgence in gun violence and increase in crime in New York...

While the omicron surge in New York City has died down, COVID-19 continues to impact supply chains and grocery prices. (Photo by Noma Mirny)

Empty shelves at the grocery store? Blame supply chain issues.

The uptick in product prices and lack of shelf stock have led New York City residents to reevaluate their food consumption habits.
Abby Wilson and Lauren Ashe February 17, 2022

Many grocery stores in New York City are struggling to keep their shelves stocked due to supply chain holdups and other remaining impacts of the omicron surge. To keep up with...