Staff Rants and Raves: NYU Facilities

NYU owns a lot of property, from residence halls with no heat to libraries that block out the sun to dining halls that can’t pass inspections. Read what our staff has to say about NYU’s campus.


On Being a Thirsty Gal

By Bela Kirpalani, Sports Editor

Hydration is key, folks. But the architects of Bobst Library don’t seem to understand this ethos, as they would prefer that I stay thirsty. Almost every water fountain in the building — I say almost because I know someone is going to be up in these comments like “Actually, the one on 4 East works just fine” — is pathetic. The water drip-drops at a glacial pace, making me look like a complete fool as I stand at the fountain for five whole minutes. That’s 300 extra seconds that I could have spent watching Kehlani music videos on YouTube. I just want the fountains to do their job so that I can drink my water, so that all of my problems in life will be magically fixed.

On the Meyers Building

By Victor Porcelli, News Editor

I hate the f-cking Meyers building, y’all. First, there’s one entrance that has just been blocked off for like a year. But that’s, like, a small thing. The main issue is that it’s always cold. I’m really not somebody who complains about the cold; I can dig chilling in a sweater and taking a little in-class nap. But that place gets FREEZING in the winter. It’s impossible to focus and the chairs end up getting uncomfortable and cold themselves. Plus, you can always hear the subway — I guess because it’s near the Eighth Street subway stop? — so in the middle of a lecture, you can’t hear sh-t. And when you FINALLY get to leave, people only use one exit — because the other one is blocked off — so you have a hundred people all trying to crowd into one small door. I don’t like it. It’s not fun. And it means you have to wait longer to get out of that cursed building.

On Accessibility

By Anna-Dmitry Muratova, Senior Reporter

After writing an article on the experience of mobility aid users at NYU last semester, I started paying closer attention to the campus’s infrastructure, which isn’t mobility-aid friendly whatsoever. First of all, the ramp by Tisch Hall doesn’t work. It’s too narrow for several kinds of wheelchairs. In order to get into that building you need to use the back entrance  — unless you use mobility aid ambulatory — which Public Safety opens for you individually. Doesn’t sound like the most pleasant experience to me. The doors of the Silver Center tend to be too heavy for people on crutches, the halls of the Moses Center for Students with Disabilities are labyrinthine and are quite difficult to navigate in a wheelchair, etc. I could go on. The list is endless, which is just infuriating. I know that New York isn’t an accessible city, but why can’t our campus be more accessible in order to support mobility aid users on a daily basis? It isn’t too hard to install a handful of ramps.

On Room 101, 5 Washington Place

By Sam Klein, Managing Editor

There is something deeply wrong with this room. I would consider myself somewhat of an authority on it — I’m currently enrolled in my third class in this all-purpose 120-person lecture hall. That’s 16% of all my NYU courses ever (Texts and Ideas, Cultures and Contexts, Environmental Systems Science). Despite my vast experience in Room 101, I will never understand why it is so, so, so unpleasantly hot. This oppressive heat was exacerbated during my first-year spring semester when my class in this room directly followed a class in Cantor, easily the building with the coldest rooms on campus. During the winter, I’ll wander in with my coat on because, well, it’s winter, and start sweating. I’ll take off my coat and my sweater and be sitting there in a T-shirt in February and still be sweating. It’s one thing during the summer, when I would accept the excuse of it being a noble AC-saving measure. But in the winter? NYU is blasting the heat to an uncomfortable extreme, wasting energy — and, more importantly, upsetting me.


On Breezing By

By Bella Gil, Beauty and Style Editor

Almost every door at NYU requires full upper body strength to pry open. I find myself shoving my entire body on Kimmel’s revolving doors just to get them to budge. My palms sweat just thinking about holding the door open for people behind me walking into the Silver Center because my weak arms just can’t do it. But there’s one door on campus that makes me feel like I have the strength of a thousand horses. After you enter 726 Broadway, there is another set of doors to open, and they’re as light as a feather. Why do I love these doors so much? Why does it give me such pleasure to swing them open and saunter inside? Even if I’m on my way up to the sixth floor to tell my advisor that I have no idea what I’m doing with my life, at least I know that when I leave, I get to swing open those doors. So thank you, 726 Broadway, for allowing me to know that at least I can open one set of doors on campus.

On Being a 404 Bro

By Ishaan Parmar, Deputy News Editor

I’m no Victor Porcelli, but I do like to work out. It’s fun, it’s stress-relieving, and it’s an overall good time. I’m not a Palladium bro. I’m a 404 stan. I only swim in oceans, I physically cannot play basketball and I prefer to avoid flies while I’m working out, so I avoid Palladium. 404 is relatively quiet and there aren’t ever too many people there. The staff even draw exercise memes on the whiteboard at the front desk. It’s clean, it’s lean and it’s wholesome, and the address is easy to remember. 404, no error found.

On the Journalism Department

By Alexandria Johnson, Deputy News Editor

As a student journalist figuring out my concentration, 20 Cooper Square is probably one of the best buildings on campus. Yeah, you have to walk past the Financial Aid office (which can be depressing) but there’s something to look forward to. First: as you walk in, there are two vending machines — the go-to if I ever need a snack in between classes. Second: when you get on the sixth floor, there are nice chairs to lounge in and free printing! That floor is the plug if you run out of printing credits or forget to print your assignment before heading to class. After you take the stairs up to the seventh floor, there’s a nice view on the right side so you can watch the time pass. If I have a phone interview for an article and I’m on campus, it’s the best way to hear what the other person is saying without background noise. If you’re ever worried about finding a good place to do work, hit up the journalism department at 20 Cooper Square.

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