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Washington Square News

NYU's Independent Student Newspaper

Washington Square News

The Urgency of Housing Justice During the Pandemic

The Urgency of Housing Justice During the Pandemic

By Asha Ramachandran, Deputy Opinion Editor March 27, 2020

As New York has become the epicenter of the global coronavirus pandemic — accounting for 5% of global cases — Gov. Andrew Cuomo has been grossly overselling his own efforts to tackle the grave financial...

The Exploitation of Prisoners During Crisis

The Exploitation of Prisoners During Crisis

By Asha Ramachandran, Deputy Opinion Editor March 13, 2020

New York State is in the middle of a grave public health crisis, with the second-highest number of confirmed COVID-19 cases in the country. The way that Governor Andrew Cuomo’s administration has resorted...

NYCHA, Buy Up Vacant Apartments

NYCHA, Buy Up Vacant Apartments

By Kevin Kurian, Staff Writer March 3, 2020

New York City’s housing crisis is a bizarre paradox. Currently, hundreds of thousands of residents grapple with cost barriers while trying to find affordable apartments through the New York City Housing...

New York Is No “Sanctuary City”

New York Is No “Sanctuary City”

By Asha Ramachandran, Deputy Opinion Editor March 2, 2020

Last month, Erick Díaz-Cruz was shot in the face by an on-duty Immigration and Customs Enforcement agent in Brooklyn, New York, outside his own home. The 26 year old was trying to protect his mother’s...

Facebook’s Need for Reform

Facebook’s Need for Reform

By Mitch Bedows, Staff Writer February 28, 2020

Facebook’s history of manipulation with public-interest censorship on their platform, the world’s largest social network, is no longer a secret. Unfolding dramatically over the last few years through...

De Blasio’s Privatization of NYCHA

De Blasio’s Privatization of NYCHA

By Asha Ramachandran, Deputy Opinion Editor February 24, 2020

On Jan. 31st, the coldest day of the year to date, 10,000 residents of the New York City Public Housing Authority were left to freeze without heat or hot water as temperatures dropped to -12 degrees Fahrenheit....

The Uncomfortable Issue of Bathroom Accessibility

The Uncomfortable Issue of Bathroom Accessibility

By Emily Dai, Deputy Opinion Editor February 18, 2020

Imagine this: you’re stranded in Midtown and you’re starting to feel the chai latte you chugged an hour earlier. Or maybe you and your family are trying to hit up all the NYC hotspots, and suddenly...

Arguments Against New York’s Cash Bail Reforms Are Dated

Arguments Against New York’s Cash Bail Reforms Are Dated

By Emily Dai, Deputy Opinion Editor January 27, 2020

Last spring, New York passed a new bail law that recently went into effect. Bail is a method to ensure people return to court by allowing defendants conditional release in exchange for money that they...

Staff Rants and Raves: Transportation

Staff Rants and Raves: Transportation

Rants On the NYU Airport Shuttle By Bella Gil, Beauty and Style Editor Getting back and forth between JFK airport and campus is one skill I’ve yet to master. If traveling light and at a reasonable...

De Blasio’s Abysmal Attempt at Homeless Outreach

De Blasio’s Abysmal Attempt at Homeless Outreach

By Jun Sung, Deputy Opinion Editor November 19, 2019

Mayor Bill de Blasio launched Outreach NYC last week, which aims to address the city’s homelessness issue. The program encourages city workers to contact a command center when they see a homeless person...

The NYPD’s Subway Occupation Must End

The NYPD’s Subway Occupation Must End

By Asha Ramachandran, Contributing Writer November 11, 2019

A young black man, Adrian Napier, was sitting alone on the subway at the Franklin Avenue station in Brooklyn on Oct. 25. A gang of police officers assembled outside of the train, pointing their guns at...

New York City Must Help Its Homeless Children

New York City Must Help Its Homeless Children

By Cole Stallone, Opinion Editor November 4, 2019

Since last year, over 114,000 New York City public school students have continued to struggle with homelessness, and nearly 38,000 live in shelters. Recent reports by the Advocates for Children of New...