New York University's independent student newspaper, established in 1973.

Washington Square News

New York University's independent student newspaper, established in 1973.

Washington Square News

New York University's independent student newspaper, established in 1973.

Washington Square News


The 6 subway train arrives at the Union Square station. People stand on the platform and walk on the overpass.

Opinion: Dramatically increasing law enforcement in NYC subways is not the answer to safety concerns

Deploying the National Guard in New York City subway stations is a poor solution to a problem that requires systemic change.
Molly Koch, Opinion Editor March 13, 2024

Following a recent crime spike in New York City's subway system — with transit crime up 16.7% compared to this time last year — Gov. Kathy Hochul made the contentious decision...

A street of New York City covered in rain and fog. Two people are walking on the sidewalk holding umbrellas.

Opinion: NYU needs to update its severe weather policy

When emergency alerts are going out to all of New York City, NYU should not be holding classes.
Molly Koch, Opinion Editor October 4, 2023

Whether you were in class, working on campus or just looking out your residence hall or apartment window on Friday, your phone likely lit up with an alert reading: “National...

A sign inside Grand Central Terminal that says “Hudson Lines Departures”, with departure times, track numbers, and destinations listed on it.

Opinion: Upstate New York is underrated

An upstate New York getaway can be the perfect way to take a break from preparing for midterm season and the bustling city while enjoying the changing weather.
Valentina Plevisani, Deputy Opinion Editor October 4, 2023

I was scrolling through Instagram a few weeks ago when I stumbled upon a reel of a quaint, Gilmore Girls-esque upstate New York town, with leaf-covered main streets and charming...

Exterior of an N.Y.U. building.

Opinion: NYU should be more transparent about its investments

Three out of five of the New York City Comptroller pension funds have divested from the fossil fuel industry. It’s not perfect, but at least it’s honest. NYU should follow their lead.
Clara Scholl, Arts Editor May 3, 2023

From 2040 Now to RA-hosted events, NYU’s sustainability efforts have come to the forefront of university news recently. When it comes to climate change, the university has no...

A manipulated image showing a red broken-heart emoji superimposed against a warped image of the New York City skyline.

Opinion: NYC is the best place to get over heartbreak

Feeling sad at the end of a relationship? Don’t worry: the city streets have plenty to help you recover.
Aksha Mittapalli, Staff Writer April 20, 2023

You just got out of your first long-term relationship since starting at NYU, and you don’t feel any of the freedom or relief you thought you would. It’s not high school. You...

A person wearing a black coat, red hoodie and red pants sits on a stone bench in a park with a small table in front of them. On the table is a glass jar with cannabis joints in it.

Opinion: Stop buying weed from Washington Square Park

40% of cannabis sold at unlicensed dispensaries around New York City is contaminated. Cannabis sold at Washington Square Park is no exception.
Abi Rivera, Deputy Opinion Editor December 14, 2022

You have to be high to think you're getting a $10 pre-roll from Washington Square Park that doesn't have E. coli in it.  According to the New York Medical Cannabis Industry...

The New Jersey side tower of the George Washington Bridge.

Opinion: New York housing programs shouldn’t exclude immigrants

One New York state assemblymember is introducing a bill that would help keep families out of overcrowded shelters, terrible conditions and in homes, regardless of their immigration status. The bill should be passed.
Blake Salesin, Staff Writer December 6, 2022

Many of the families staying at The Hotel Wolcott on West 31st Street in Manhattan’s Midtown are not in the Big Apple for a holiday vacation. They aren’t some of the thousands...

Two silver M.T.A. Metrocard vending machines with red, yellow, blue and green panels sit against a white-tiled wall.

Opinion: New York, don’t get rid of the MetroCard

The city plans to phase out the classic MetroCard in 2023 and fully replace it with OMNY. But it shouldn’t.
James Bisceglia, Contributing Writer December 6, 2022

As we begin to close the book on 2022, there’s only one thing that has been top of mind for me: 2023 will be our last year with the MetroCard, and quite frankly, I’m devastated. The...

A cart wrapped around by plastic bags and an opened pink suitcase with clothes lays on a sidewalk under scaffolding.

Guest Essay: Mayor Adams’ new policy for the unhoused is dangerous for New York

Mayor Eric Adams’ latest policy is the tipping point of his year-long fight to remove houseless people from subway stations against their will without meaningfully addressing the issues they face.
Leann Beard, Guest Contributor December 5, 2022

Last Tuesday, Mayor Eric Adams unveiled his new policy initiative, the crown jewel of his policies attempting to reduce visible poverty, while doing nothing to address the issue...

A hand holding a small, pink canister of pepper spray that shoots out liquid.

Opinion: Strike down pepper spray restrictions

In a time of increased break-ins, attacks and safety violations, students need better access to self-defense devices. New York state needs to reconsider its pepper spray laws.
Naisha Roy, Staff Writer November 29, 2022

As I finalized my Amazon shopping cart for my first year at NYU, I realized I forgot to add one item: pepper spray. Although it wasn’t as exciting as dorm decorations, I knew...

An M.T.A. bus with white and blue stripes driving down Broadway.

Opinion: I love the bus, and so should you

The subway can be scary, and ride-hailing services aren’t affordable. The best option is right in front of us.
Alexandra Cohen, Opinion Editor October 26, 2022

I moved to the best apartment in the world. It’s right by campus, it has an elevator, it’s affordable and, most importantly, the M8 bus stops right in front of it. I can travel...

An illustration of a boy looking into an oven. In the oven is a cake shaped like New York State with alternating blue and red patterns to represent the political party that is in the majority in each electoral district.

Opinion: New York could be facing a redder future

Redistricting failed to favor democrats, and a new congressional map threatens to break years of cemented Democratic stronghold in New York state.
Blake Salesin, Staff Writer October 25, 2022

New York is historically a blue state. It’s often considered one of the most liberal places in the country, and it hasn’t voted Republican in a presidential election since...