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NYU's Independent Student Newspaper

Washington Square News

NYU's Independent Student Newspaper

Washington Square News

Erasing History Through Appropriated Cuisine

Erasing History Through Appropriated Cuisine

By Kenzo Kimura, Staff Writer October 30, 2019

Since April of this year, several New York City publications have called out Greenwich Village restaurant Lucky Lee’s for its blatant ripoff of Chinese cuisine. Maybe it’s because the restaurant’s...

Vote Yes on Ballot Question 1

Vote Yes on Ballot Question 1

By Jun Sung, Deputy Opinion Editor October 29, 2019

New York City residents will be able to vote on Nov. 5 whether or not to implement a ranked-choice voting system for local primaries and certain special elections. Under this system, voters rank their...

The False Promise of Closing Rikers Island

The False Promise of Closing Rikers Island

By Asha Ramachandran, Contributing Writer October 27, 2019

The New York City Council overwhelmingly voted earlier this month to close the notorious Rikers Island jail complex. The $8 billion resolution will replace Rikers by building, expanding and renovating...

New York’s Homeless Deserve Safer Shelters

New York’s Homeless Deserve Safer Shelters

By Jun Sung, Deputy Opinion Editor October 22, 2019

Earlier this month, four homeless men were killed in Chinatown, and one was critically injured. The situation reveals the dangers of living on the street and is emblematic of New York City’s housing...

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Instead of Demonizing Bootlegs, Make Professional Recordings Available

By Alexandra Chan, Staff Writer October 21, 2019

As a fan of Broadway musicals, it was fantastic to come to New York for college. I watched a matinee of “Beetlejuice” with my dad before I started school and fell in love with the show after seeing...

NYC Law Enforcement Needs to be Held Accountable

NYC Law Enforcement Needs to be Held Accountable

By Jun Sung, Deputy Opinion Editor October 15, 2019

Oriel Ceballos, a local artist who frequently displays his work in Washington Square Park, was violently arrested last week by law enforcement. A video taken by a bystander in the park shows multiple officers...

An Obituary for Bill de Blasio’s Political Career

An Obituary for Bill de Blasio’s Political Career

By Emily Dai, Contributing Writer September 26, 2019

New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio’s political odyssey has officially ended — not with a bang, but with an utterly pathetic whimper. Last Friday, de Blasio announced on MSNBC’s “Morning Joe”...

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Voting in New York Almost Got Harder

By Alexandra Chan, Staff Writer September 23, 2019

In early September, Governor Andrew Cuomo proposed changing the date of New York’s 2020 presidential primary from April to February, claiming he wanted to stress the importance of New York’s primary...

Regulation, Not Prohibition

Regulation, Not Prohibition

By Jun Sung, Deputy Opinion Editor September 23, 2019

During Prohibition, the United States banned the manufacture, sale and transportation of alcohol. As a result, the U.S. saw the rise of an illegal black market and an unregulated exchange. Alcohol continued...

Building Jails and Barring Voices

Building Jails and Barring Voices

By Jun Sung, Deputy Opinion Editor September 10, 2019

In his quest to close New York City’s most infamous jail, Mayor Bill de Blasio has proposed a four-borough jail plan to replace Rikers Island with four smaller jails in every borough except Staten Island....

Broken Windows, Broken Policy

Broken Windows, Broken Policy

By Cole Stallone, Opinion Editor September 6, 2019

In response to the firing of NYPD Officer Daniel Pantaleo — the man who killed Eric Garner — Police Benevolent Association President Pat Lynch declared that “the NYPD will remain rudderless and frozen,”...

Smoothing the FYA Transition

Smoothing the FYA Transition

By Jun Sung, Deputy Opinion Editor August 22, 2019

As a first-year away student at NYU Washington, D.C., I found the FYA program to be a mixed bag of experiences. While it did provide great opportunities, it didn’t provide a good connection with the...