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Gabby Lozano

Gabby Lozano, Dining Editor

Gabby Lozano is a senior studying Global Liberal Studies and minoring in food studies. After NYU, she aspires to work as a digital reporter or producer, but her dream is to become the next Anthony Bourdain. When she's not in school or at WSN, you can find her in the kitchen burning garlic or going for a run along the East River. Follow her latest eats on Instagram @gabriellalasagna.

All content by Gabby Lozano
A crowd of concert-goers dressed in summer outfits in the foreground and an outdoor stage in the background. The weather is sunny.

Photo: Q&A: Gov Ball co-founder Tom Russell on what makes the festival tick

April 27, 2022

The 10th anniversary Governor’s Ball was held from Sept. 24-26 at Randall's Island. This year the Governor's Ball will be held from June 10-12. (Photo by Jake Capriotti)

A portrait of Eric Adams wearing a gray suit, white collared shirt and navy blue printed tie. He is sitting at a conference table and speaking in front of a royal blue background.

Confronting food insecurity is the key to improving NYC’s health

Mayor Eric Adams has made nutrition a key component of his platform. However, to make lasting improvements to New Yorkers' health, he must address the issue of food insecurity.
March 4, 2022

Despite a brief affair with fish at Rao’s, Mayor Eric Adams is bringing his passion for plant-based foods to city hall and embarking on a quest to improve the health of New Yorkers....

A filled transparent condom dispenser against a pink wall located in the resource center of the Third North residence hall.

Student-led initiative expands dental dam access

Dental dams, which protect against sexually transmitted infections, will be more available in residence halls due to the advocacy of a group within NYU’s Amnesty International chapter.
March 2, 2022

Dental dams will become more available across campus and in residence halls in the coming weeks. The initiative was piloted by Amnesty International’s sexual reproductive rights...

NYU student to compete on college ‘Jeopardy!’ tonight

NYU student to compete on college ‘Jeopardy!’ tonight

Tisch student Jeric Brual will represent NYU and test his trivia skills in the “Jeopardy! National College Championship” at 8 p.m. on ABC.
February 15, 2022

Tisch senior Jeric Brual is set to represent NYU in the “Jeopardy! National College Championship” at 8 p.m. on Tuesday, Feb. 15. The film and television student will compete...

Protein bars are a popular snack choice. But they may not be as nutritious as they claim. (Staff Illustration by Aaliya Luthra)

Remaking the protein bar: the ugly, processed truth of a beloved snack

With high sugar contents and questionable nutritional values, it can be hard to find a protein bar that delivers on health. Luckily, we remade the bar for the average college student. Recipe included.
February 9, 2022

With hundreds of pages to read and discussion posts to write — not to mention the commotion of going to and from campus now that classes are in person — sometimes it feels...

First floor, Riese Lounge at 721 Broadway. (Staff Photo by Gabby Lozano)

Photo: Your guide to NYU’s Quick Stops

February 7, 2022

First floor, Riese Lounge at 721 Broadway. (Staff Photo by Gabby Lozano)

Starting Friday, Feb. 4, students will be allowed to eat in dining halls. (Photo by Jake Capriotti)

Photo: Editor’s Note: COVID rules eased; notes on a retraction

February 5, 2022

Starting Friday, Feb. 4, students will be allowed to eat in dining halls. (Photo by Jake Capriotti)

V Spot Express is located at 12 St. Marks Place. (Staff Photo by Sam Tu)

From chicharrón to cashew-based mac ‘n’ cheese: The ultimate list of vegan restaurants around NYU

Here are some of the best places on or near campus for delicious vegan food to celebrate the start of the semester.
January 24, 2022

If you have ever gone out to eat with a vegan, chances are you have seen them order multiple side dishes, alter a dish until it’s unrecognizable, or settle for the dreaded house...

The lounges at the Global Center for Academic and Spiritual Life are located on the second, third, fourth and fifth floors. (Photo by Jake Capriotti)

Photo: A guide to NYU’s spring 2022 reopening policies

January 24, 2022

The lounges at the Global Center for Academic and Spiritual Life are located on the second, third, fourth and fifth floors. (Photo by Jake Capriotti)

NYU serves over 100,000 meals a week and has denied reported cases of food poisoning. (Staff Photo by Jake Capriotti)

Photo: Cockroaches and rodents spotted at NYU dining halls

December 12, 2021

NYU serves over 100,000 meals a week and has denied reported cases of food poisoning. (Staff Photo by Jake Capriotti)

The MTA is responsible for public transportation in the New York City metropolitan area. The NYU School of Global Public Health received a $4 million federal grant to study the impact of COVID-19 on transit workers. (Staff Photo by Ryan Walker)

NYU researchers win $4M grant to study COVID impact on transit workers

The five-year project launched in November will help develop preventative measures that protect frontline workers from this pandemic and future ones.
December 9, 2021

When COVID-19 began to spread in New York City last March, the services of the Metropolitan Transportation Authority were deemed essential, and transit employees were required...

The School of Professional Studies at NYU is shutting down the English Language Institute at the end of the semester. The closure will result in dozens of staff layoffs and the loss of English programs which serve international students. (Staff Photo by Jake Capriotti)

Photo: NYU cuts English program that served international students, fires staff

December 6, 2021

The School of Professional Studies at NYU is shutting down the English Language Institute at the end of the semester. The closure will result in dozens of staff layoffs and the loss of English programs...

Washington Square Park lies on top of “the Land of the Blacks,” farmland and homes inhabited by people of African descent between the mid-17th century and early 18th century. (Staff Photo by Jake Capriotti)

Photo: Opinion: NYU should create a monument for ‘The Land of the Blacks’

December 1, 2021

Washington Square Park lies on top of “the Land of the Blacks,” farmland and homes inhabited by people of African descent between the mid-17th century and early 18th century. (Staff Photo by Jake Capriotti)

(Staff Photo by Taylor Knight)

The Factory, revived

New Yorkers may be nostalgic for Andy Warhol’s ’70s-era Factory, but the spirit of artistic innovation and youthful collaboration is alive and well.
November 24, 2021

When I was 17, I saw Nan Goldin’s “Ballad of Sexual Dependency” at the Museum of Modern Art. Goldin’s photographs flashed across the screen as the pastoral chords of “I’ll...

Palladium dining hall is located on the third floor of Palladium Hall is one of the most popular NYU dining locations. Various dining restrictions since COVID-19 have made student dining more difficult, causing more harm than good. (Staff Photo by Jake Capriotti)

Photo: Opinion: Dining restrictions are hurting students’ wellbeing

November 23, 2021

Palladium dining hall is located on the third floor of Palladium Hall is one of the most popular NYU dining locations. Various dining restrictions since COVID-19 have made student dining more difficult,...

Three separate incidents of food poisoning have been reported at the Palladium dining hall. The dining hall failed a health inspection in fall 2019. (Staff Photo by Jake Capriotti)

Palladium dining hall food caused food poisoning, 3 students say

Three students have claimed that eating at the Palladium Hall NYU Eats location in unrelated incidents on separate days caused them to become ill.
November 22, 2021

Cindy Edward, a CAS senior, said she felt ill and had to check herself into the emergency room after eating at the Palladium dining hall. She had eaten a salmon salad for lunch...

People protest alleged anti-union tactics outside of the building. (Staff Photo by Jake Capriotti)

Photo: New York Times employees protest alleged anti-worker policies

November 18, 2021

People protest alleged anti-union tactics outside of the building. (Staff Photo by Jake Capriotti)

There are two student lounges in the Silver Center at 100 Washington Square E. (Staff Photo by Jake Capriotti)

Photo: Ranked: Student lounges

November 15, 2021

There are two student lounges in the Silver Center at 100 Washington Square E. (Staff Photo by Jake Capriotti)

Lafayette Hall is located at 80 Lafayette St. (Staff Photo by Jake Capriotti)

Photo: Repeat dorm intruder infiltrates Lafayette, security response delayed

November 12, 2021

Lafayette Hall is located at 80 Lafayette St. (Staff Photo by Jake Capriotti)

While NYU doesn’t have a traditional quad, the park at the center of Greenwich Village offers many spots to cry between classes. (Staff Photo by Jake Capriotti)

Photo: Ranked: Places to cry in NYC

October 18, 2021

While NYU doesn’t have a traditional quad, the park at the center of Greenwich Village offers many spots to cry between classes. (Staff Photo by Jake Capriotti)

NYU is partnering with the Wall Street Journal and the New York Times to bring free subscriptions to students. They should work to extend free subscriptions to local news outlets as well. (Staff Photo by Jake Capriotti)

Photo: Opinion: NYU should offer free local news subscriptions

October 8, 2021

NYU is partnering with the Wall Street Journal and the New York Times to bring free subscriptions to students. They should work to extend free subscriptions to local news outlets as well. (Staff Photo...

Zaragoza Mexican Deli and Grocery is located at 215 Avenue A in the East Village. This small Mexican deli offers a taste of Mexican cuisine and culture on the island of Manhattan. (Staff Photo by Manasa Gudavalli)

Honoring Hispanic Heritage Month at Zaragoza

Zaragoza Mexican Deli and Grocery offers comfort in the form of authentic homemade Mexican cuisine, snacks and ingredients.
October 1, 2021

One of the golden food rules in New York City is that if you want traditional Latin American food at an affordable price, you head to the Bronx, Queens or Brooklyn — you can...

Food delivery services have become more essential in recent years. Mayor de Blasio must sign legislation to give them greater protections.
(Staff Photo by Jake Capriotti)

Photo: De Blasio must deliver for delivery workers

September 24, 2021

Food delivery services have become more essential in recent years. Mayor de Blasio must sign legislation to give them greater protections. (Staff Photo by Jake Capriotti)

Skincare is grossly underrated. This six-step routine is affordable and simple to integrate into your routine. (Staff Photo by Jake Capriotti)

Photo: Joey’s skincare routine for sensitive bitches

September 24, 2021

Skincare is grossly underrated. This six-step routine is affordable and simple to integrate into your routine. (Staff Photo by Jake Capriotti)

A cook prepares their customer’s food at the Annual Feast of San Gennaro. (Staff Photo by Jake Capriotti)

Photo: The Feast of San Gennaro bodes ill for Little Italy

September 21, 2021

A cook prepares their customer’s food at the Annual Feast of San Gennaro. (Staff Photo by Jake Capriotti)

Mooncakes are a dessert that are eaten in some countries to celebrate the Mid-Autumn festival. The festival, which begins tomorrow, is an important holiday in Asian cultures that honors unity and family. (Staff Photo by Alexandra Chan)

More than a mooncake: Students celebrate Mid-Autumn Festival with beloved dessert

The Mid-Autumn Festival is an important holiday in Asian cultures that honors family and reunion. Here’s how NYU students celebrate the festival while away from family and share its traditions with their peers.
September 20, 2021

Tomorrow, Sept. 21, marks the start of the Mid-Autumn Festival, a holiday honoring unity and family widely celebrated by many communities in Eastern Asia. Different countries practice...

The Smith continues to be a popular dinner spot for NYU students. New mandates and recommendations have changed the way you can expect to dine in the city. (Staff Photo by Jake Capriotti)

Dining indoors during COVID-19, safely-ish

Here’s everything you need to know about eating at restaurants during the pandemic. Because despite CDC recommendations, we know you’ll do it anyway, so you might as well be safe about it.
September 17, 2021

After nearly a year and a half of being stuck at home, most diners are eager to hit the streets again to experience the comforting thrill of eating at a restaurant. As more and...

Yom Kippur, the holiest day in the Jewish calendar, started yesterday evening. Many students are finding it hard to break fast while also complying with NYU’s restrictions. (Staff Photo by Manasa Gudavalli)

Observing Yom Kippur during COVID-19

Jewish students reflect on the significance of Yom Kippur during COVID-19 while trying to follow university guidelines.
September 16, 2021

Wednesday evening marked the start of Yom Kippur, one of the most sacred holidays in the Jewish religion. Widely translated as the Day of Atonement, Yom Kippur is a period that...

The latest installment in the Top Chef franchise sees amateur chefs competing for glory. NYU Law student Sharila Stewart was one of the show’s newest contestants. (Image courtesy of Sharila Stewart)

NYU Law student shares her ‘surreal experience’ on Bravo’s ‘Top Chef Amateurs’

Sharila Stewart, a third-year student at NYU Law School, talks about her experience competing in Bravo’s latest cooking competition, “Top Chef Amateurs.” 
September 10, 2021

What started as a hobby to escape the stress of graduate school led to the opportunity of a lifetime.  Last October, third-year NYU Law student Sharila Stewart competed in...

Turns out, eating out in New York doesn’t have to be expensive. Check out these restaurants for delicious meals you can get on a tight budget. (Staff Photos by Ryan Kawahara and Manasa Gudavalli)

10 food spots under $12

Check out these 10 restaurants that offer quick, flavorful meals for under $12.
September 8, 2021

It doesn’t take a math major to tell you that living in the Big Apple is pretty pricey, especially when it comes to food. But don’t let the high price tag of some restaurants...

Students and their helper guests moved into NYU’s 22 residence halls during three move-in days. Students new and returning seemed undeterred by the university’s COVID guidelines surrounding move-in and reported a generally smooth process. (Staff Photo by Jake Capriotti)

Photo: Students report a smooth dorm move-in experience after a peculiar year

September 8, 2021

Students and their helper guests moved into NYU’s 22 residence halls during three move-in days. Students new and returning seemed undeterred by the university’s COVID guidelines surrounding move-in...

SIMÒ PIZZA opened their second location in Greenwich Village on Tuesday. Simone Falco, the founder of the restaurant, came to New York from Naples, Italy with the goal of bringing people together with classic Neapolitan pizza. (Image courtesy of Francesco Sapienza)

SIMÒ PIZZA: Transporting New Yorkers to Naples in 90 seconds

SIMÒ PIZZA recently opened its second location in Greenwich Village. The pizzeria offers New Yorkers Neapolitan-style pies at affordable prices.
September 2, 2021

Move over, Joe’s: a new pizza shop just opened in the Village, and they’re promising to sling classic Neapolitan pizzas at $10 a pie.  SIMÒ PIZZA opened its second location...

We all scream for ice cream. NYU Alumni created their own brand of the popular desert to support the AAPI community in the city. (Staff Illustration by Manasa Gudavalli)

A taste of home: NYU alumni launch Asian flavor-inspired NYC ice cream startup

An ice cream startup founded by NYU alumni Deborah Tanudirjo and Liz Margaretha supports the AAPI community with Asian-inspired flavors and philanthropy.
September 1, 2021

Amid the economic and social turmoil of the pandemic, starting a business is a daring venture — especially just a few months after graduating college. But these risks didn’t...

Here’s a look at Times Square through the lenses of two photographers during the pandemic and the thought process behind the shots. (Staff Photos by Alexandra Chan, Jake Capriotti)

Exposures: Jake and Alex capture Times Square in 2020

Two WSN photographers revisit a mid-pandemic photo shoot at New York City’s iconic Times Square from one year ago, diving into the thought process behind the photographs
August 29, 2021

  Follow the photographers on Instagram at @noelle.png and @capriotti.jake. Contact Alexandra Chan at [email protected] and Jake Capriotti at [email protected] 

WSN is undergoing a regeneration. We are more committed than ever to providing the truth to the students of New York University. (Staff Illustration by Susan Behrends Valenzuela)

Letter from the editor: on regeneration

Welcome to Washington Square News, NYU’s independent undergraduate newspaper.
August 25, 2021

Dear Readers, A few weeks ago, I lost my notebook. It was a wire bound notebook from Muji that I wrote in almost every day. Powered by thoughts, drawings and bad jokes, the...

(Staff Photo by Jake Capriotti)

Slices of Home

Places in New York City that remind us of home, or otherwise hold a special place in our hearts.
August 25, 2021

China Chalet By Ashley Wu, Editor in Chief The first thing I remember about China Chalet is the sidewalk. Cigarette butts and loose sequins scattered the pavement outside...

An illustration of a Black woman in a green shirt and a white woman in a yellow shirt listening to music through wired headphones. The cord of the headphones spells out “Listen to This.”

Listen to this: Singles from July

In case you missed it, here are new tracks by Bo Burnham, Peggy Gou and more.
July 30, 2021

WSN’s music desk is no longer on summer hiatus. While the staff took a short break, the music world delivered hundreds of singles to sift through and enjoy. And yet, through...

Damascus Bread and Pastry Shop, located on 195 Atlantic Avenue in Brooklyn, is a Syrian bakery known for its flatbreads, pastries, dips, and spreads.  This bakery has been serving its community since its opening in 1928. (Staff Photo by Gabby Lozano)

Reconnecting with my Iraqi roots at Damascus Bread & Pastry Shop

Damascus Bread & Pastry Shop in Brooklyn is a community favorite among many people of both Middle Eastern and non-Middle Eastern descent.
May 3, 2021

I stumbled upon Damascus Bread & Pastry Shop last January upon my return to New York for the spring semester. My mom and I had just spent hours aimlessly walking through the...

The Share Meals app was created in 2009 by NYU alumni Jonathan Chin. NYU students can donate their meal swipes to those in need.  (Staff Photo by Alexandra Chan. Staff Illustration by Alex Tran)

NYU Share Meals helped over 4,000 students last semester. This semester, they want to do more

Born out of the app of the same name, NYU Share Meals is working to inform the campus community about food insecurity, while providing a safe space for students who experience food insecurity.
April 29, 2021

We’ve all heard the expression, “I’m a broke college student,” and most of us have even used it to describe our financial limitations that prohibit us from living lavishly....

Thiru Kumar, also known as the Dosa Man, has a popular food cart in Washington Square Park, where he serves fresh dosas and other vegan South Asian foods. One of his signature dishes is the Special Pondicherry, which features a dosa filled with spiced potatoes and a mixture of fresh vegetables. (Staff Photo by Manasa Gudavalli)

Who’s the Dosa Man? Behind the scenes of the first vegan dosa cart

Thiru Kumar, known by many as the Dosa Man, talks about his experience operating a small business during COVID-19 and how he became an famous figure in the New York City dining scene.
April 26, 2021

“Have you ever heard of the Dosa Man?” my friend Daniel Cieneva texted me during our 11 a.m. Food Studies lecture last February. Dosa Man? I had hardly heard of dosa, a type...

Wus grandmas apartment complex in Shanghai. (Photo by Ashley Wu)

Photo: Char

April 23, 2021

Wu's grandma's apartment complex in Shanghai. (Photo by Ashley Wu)

How an NYU Tandon alumnus is growing the sustainable superfood spirulina

How an NYU Tandon alumnus is growing the sustainable superfood spirulina

Jonas Guenther is the co-founder of We Are the New Farmers, an urban farm that grows spirulina in Brooklyn. He talks about the sustainable properties of the product and how his time at NYU Tandon helped him achieve his goal to grow food that reduces the carbon footprint.
April 22, 2021

With Earth Day just around the corner, climate activists across the globe have started to remind us of the individual actions we can take to address climate change, particularly...

Photo Essay: Hundreds of protesters gather at Barclays Center to call for abolition of police

Photo Essay: Hundreds of protesters gather at Barclays Center to call for abolition of police

After various activists spoke to the crowd about systemic racial and economic injustice, defunding the police and reinvesting in communities, protesters marched down Flatbush Ave to Grand Army Plaza.
April 21, 2021

Ramadan is a Muslim holy month of prayer, fasting, as well as good food and community. NYU students share their favorite food memories of Ramadan and their plans to celebrate the holiday this year. (Photos by Asma Bawla, Staff Illustration by Alexandra Chan)

NYU students embrace traditional foods during Ramadan

NYU students on and off campus share their favorite food-related memories of Ramadan and how they plan to celebrate the holiday in light of COVID-19.
April 16, 2021

Last Monday marked the beginning of the Muslim holiday Ramadan. Prior to my conversations with my interviewees, I thought it was a holy month filled with prayer and fasting. I’m...

A Trump supporter holds a Trump Pence poster at a rally in midtown on election night 2020. Trump left a legacy in the Republican Party. (Staff Photo by Jake Capriotti)

Photo: OPINION: Post-Trump, Republicans don’t stand for anything

April 14, 2021

A Trump supporter holds a Trump Pence poster at a rally in midtown on election night 2020. Trump left a legacy in the Republican Party. (Staff Photo by Jake Capriotti)