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NYU's Independent Student Newspaper

Washington Square News

NYU's Independent Student Newspaper

Washington Square News

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...

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...