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

Washington Square News

Staff Rants and Raves: Transportation

We’re all going places in some way or another. Here’s what our staff has to say about it.


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 time, my go-to is to take the subway and the AirTrain. However, when making the trip at night, which I usually do, I’ll take the NYU-discounted SuperShuttle, and every time, I swear it’s the last one. Basically, you get what you pay for. For around $20, you get to sit for two hours in an extremely cold shuttle that sounds like it’s going to fall apart at any second. The last time I took it, I waited at the airport for two hours (after being told my wait time would be 30 minutes) and was only picked up after I contacted them about their ETA. I’ve sat through that grueling trip back to Manhattan at 1 a.m. to hear a small voice in the back after we crossed the East River: “Um, are we going to stop at Tandon?” This year, the shuttle service has been restructured to stop all over the city, not just at on-campus locations like last year, extending your time in there and wearing your patience. The airport shuttle is a hit or miss — you can’t beat the price, but it still comes with a cost.

On Amtrak

By Ethan Zack, Music Editor

Every time I commute back home to Washington D.C., I’m forced to confront my archnemesis once again: Northeast Regional Train 93. This godforsaken train, without fail, is always delayed by at least half an hour. Why? Who knows. All I know is that Amtrak must be in denial because they always post an expected train departure time that winds up being completely useless. And so I always end up at the station, usually an hour early on the off chance that maybe this time, this one time, the train will arrive when it says it will arrive, only to be let down once again. Maybe I’m the fool.

On People Not Knowing How to F-cking Walk

By Victor Porcelli, News Editor

People need to learn how to f-cking walk. For starters: walk on the right side of the sidewalk. Not the left side. I didn’t think that was something you’d have to tell people, but after multiple instances where I’ve hugged the right side of the sidewalk and someone has walked directly at me as if I’m the one in the wrong place is … astounding. And another thing: don’t take up the entire sidewalk! I thought this was common courtesy too, but when a group of people takes up the entire space and you’re just stuck behind them trying to maneuver in between the li’l shrubbery areas or lamp posts, it is not fun. And then there are the people that just don’t move and expect you to move for them. Sometimes I just want to walk directly into them.

On Safe Ride

By Anna-Dmitry Muratova, Senior Reporter

Last semester my friends and I went to a concert in Brooklyn. A beautiful time with lovely people, right? Sadly, the Safe Ride we tried to order took the night down from 10 to seven. Once we got back to Washington Square Park, I called a Safe Ride to take me back to Third North and hung out with my friends at Lipton as I waited for it. Did it come? Bold of you to assume it did. 15 minutes passed. 20 minutes. 25 minutes. An hour came and went. Two hours, two and a half hours … I called it again at 2 a.m. and one more time at 3 a.m. Did it come at 2 a.m.? No. At 3 a.m.? No. It never showed up. At 4 a.m. I just went outside to catch a cab. Even though I’ve used Safe Ride again, I don’t trust it for a second.

On Safe Ride (Again)

By Alexandria Johnson, Deputy News Editor

Safe Ride just needs to be better. When I’m in an NYU building after midnight, whether that’s finishing an assignment or hanging out with friends, it should not take a lifetime to be picked up. When I first make my request online, the Safe Ride’s estimated time of arrival always varies depending on each second. I’ll check my phone as soon as I make the request, so I can have an estimated time for when I should be ready. One instance, it will say that there is only one stop before me and another instance, I’m waiting for over an hour because there are six stops ahead of me. I understand that many people make their requests at the same time, but the current technology NYU Public Safety fails to keep up with the changing pace of the students. One time I was picked up from my friend’s dorm and the driver had to stop at 726 Broadway so they could change their iPad because it had crashed. For Safe Ride to be better, the Department of Public Safety needs more funding to get technology that will stay up to date with the students’ demands. We should never have to think about walking or taking the train when doing so could endanger us — especially since this service is available to us for all the tuition we pay.


On Nice Views

By Lauren Gruber, Deputy Culture Editor

I actually have something positive to say this week! When I’m not forced to rush to and from class via the hellish NYU bus system, I actually really enjoy my walks through SoHo to Lafayette Street Residence Hall. SoHo is undeniably one of the prettiest parts of Manhattan, with its cobblestone streets and ever-photogenic cast-iron buildings. I like to take my time, listen to some Berhana or my therapy podcasts and look through the windows of all the expensive shops. New York, in my opinion, is equally beautiful in rain or shine — both make me feel like I’m the pensive female lead in a 1950s film. My walks through SoHo truly make my serotonin levels rise and are my preferred form of weekly self-care.

On Collective Jaywalking

By Lisa Cochran, Deputy News Editor

I enjoy walking. As someone who seldom goes to the gym, not only is it my single means of exercise but it’s also how I reach my endorphin quota every day. Yet no genre of walking quite captivates me as much as jaywalking — more specifically, when it’s done collectively. There is nothing quite as marvelous as crossing the street when you shouldn’t alongside a large group of people who simultaneously made the decision to cross the street when they shouldn’t. Not only does this make me feel like I am fulfilling some sort of New York rite of passage, but it is comforting to know that if a Honda Civic hurtles through 10th Street at absurd speeds, it will not hit just me, but all of us, jaywalkers united in shared stupidity.

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About the Contributors
Bella Gil
Bella Gil, Culture Editor
Bella is a CAS junior studying Journalism and English. Born and raised in Los Angeles, she still wonders how she made it all the way across the country and back. She is a devoted lover of all things Nintendo and unironically loves a classic round of Fortnite. When not gaming or doing schoolwork, she is roller-skating. Though you won't see her on the street this semester, she's still probably thinking about what she's going to wear tomorrow even though she's just going to be home. If she likes you enough, she'll make you a batch of cookies. She loves to learn and is always open to new experiences and conversations. Follow her on Instagram @bellamaegil, she'll talk with you about (literally) anything.
Ethan Zack
Ethan Zack, Deputy Managing Editor
Ethan is a junior in CAS majoring in Journalism and History. When he's not stumbling through an endless stream of Zoom classes, he's doing fun and cool things like reading the Wikipedia plot summaries of horror movies because he's too scared to actually watch them or making yet another three-song playlist that he will literally never touch again, ever. He's most active on Twitter (@ethanzack), so feel free to reach out with any spicy takes.
Victor Porcelli
Victor Porcelli, News Editor
Victor Porcelli is a junior studying Public Policy. He's from Central Jersey, the existence of which he will vehemently defend. Outside of journalism, he likes romcoms and ... he can't think of anything else. He aspires to becoming verified on twitter so follow him @victor_porcelli.
Anna-Dmitry Muratova
Anna-Dmitry Muratova, Under the Arch Managing Editor
Finley  comes from Moscow, Russia! They're a junior studying Journalism and Environmental Studies and it's their fifth semester at WSN. Finley loves all things inclusive, sex. ed., ecology and advocacy for a whole bunch of stuff. They'd love to chat with you if you want to write for Under the Arch! Find them @veryawkwardfinley on Instagram. :-)
Alexandria Johnson
Alexandria Johnson, Editor-in-Chief
Alex is a senior double-majoring in Journalism and Public Policy. She is a New York native (representing Queens!), and she loves to talk about how songs have gotten shorter recently, trying to meet her celebrity crush (she'll never tell) and her passion for painting album covers. She's definitely NOT a professional artist, but it helps her pass the time. Follow her on IG and Twitter @a_johnson_2021.
Lauren Gruber
Lauren Gruber, Dining Editor
Lauren is a CAS sophomore studying Journalism and Psychology and WSN's resident sorority girl. A Boston native, she loves ice cream in the winter and the word 'wicked.' Lauren is a Brie cheese enthusiast and her hobbies include petting every dog she sees, rereading Gillian Flynn novels and watching cooking shows (specifically "Chopped" and "British Bake Off"). You can find her at The Bean while she pretends to study. Follow her on Instagram @laurenmgruber.
Lisa Cochran
Lisa Cochran, News Editor
Lisa Cochran is a sophomore studying Journalism and the Politics concentration within GLS. She is originally from Ames, Iowa — which is more of a vague concept than a real geographical location. When she is not hunched over her or someone else’s WSN article at 2 a.m., she is probably reading literature about being sad, (wastefully) using Nespresso pods at a rate of 3 pods per hour, incessantly rating movies on LetterBoxd or absurdly overdressing for everyday occasions. She is super edgy... meaning she is always on edge. Follow her on Twitter for more shocking details @lisaacochran.

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