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All content by Leila Anderson
Front of a bar with a black facade and orange signage that says “PEBBLE BAR.”

Cocktail chronicles: A guide to Midtown bars and nightclubs for every day of the week

Let’s go above 14th Street!
Liz Lindain and Leila Anderson April 24, 2024

By popular demand — literally no one asked — we are back with another rendition of cocktail chronicles, but this time we are going above 14th Street, specifically, to Midtown....

Three men dancing and clapping while a woman sings on a stage. Light up letters are at the front of the stage spelled “ARAB.”

NYU Arab Festival vibrantly celebrates Middle Eastern and North African cultures

With performances, food stations and a fashion show, the event brought students together to highlight the diversity of Middle Eastern and North African countries.
Leila Anderson, Contributing Writer April 17, 2024

On Monday, April 15, in the Kimmel Center for University Life's Eisner and Lubin Auditorium, the Arab Students Association hosted the Arab Festival. The event was a spectacular...

Four framed photographs on a white wall.

‘The Ways of Langston Hughes’ dives into the relationship between two creative pioneers of the Harlem Renaissance

The current exhibition on display at the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture offers a glimpse into the life and work of Langston Hughes as documented by his longtime collaborator Griffith Davis.
Leila Anderson, Contributing Writer April 10, 2024

The Harlem Renaissance as a creative, cultural movement was extremely influential in changing perceptions of Black culture and consciousness across the United States and internationally....

Five musicians sitting and holding a goblet drum, two jahlas, a mirwas and a tabla.

Songs of the sea: How an NYU professor’s ensemble musically maps cultural exchange

Explore the musical exchanges between the Arabian Peninsula and the Swahili coast with Boom.Diwan, a band started by NYU alum and professor Ghazi Faisal Al-Mulaifi.
Leila Anderson, Contributing Writer March 7, 2024

Buzzing drums, rhythmic clapping and melodic singing — this is the yearslong story of trading between the Persian Gulf and Africa’s Swahili coast. This music embraces traditional...

An abstract painting with white, black, yellow, pink and orange placed on a white wall.

‘Desert + Coast’ is a vivid showcase of women’s contributions to Aboriginal culture

This exhibition represents the contemporary art practices of senior Indigenous Australian women painters and their connection to autonomy, culture and homeland. It is on view until Feb. 24.
Leila Anderson, Contributing Writer February 21, 2024

The collective art exhibition “Desert + Coast: Seven Elder Aboriginal Painters” displays and challenges women’s contributions to Indigenous art. The paintings depict Aboriginal...

A pale green building with flowers has the restaurant name “DANTE” on it. There are white chairs and tables outside.

Cocktail chronicles: A guide to West Village bars and nightclubs for every day of the week

Was this just an excuse for us to go to the West Village and drink? Maybe.
Leila Anderson and Liz Lindain February 21, 2024

Many NYU students typically enjoy exploring the bar scene in the East Village and the Lower East Side, but bar hopping around the West Village is equally intoxicating. Known for...

A woman with black hair wearing a black shirt stands behind a white podium in a lecture hall.

Xyza Cruz Bacani explores community and sacrifice in ‘Komunidad: Filipinos in the UAE’

The exhibit represents the lives of five workers, the complexity of their identities and experiences working in the UAE.
Leila Anderson, Contributing Writer January 31, 2024

On Monday, Jan. 29, the NYU Abu Dhabi Institute in New York displayed a project by artist Xyza Cruz Bacani titled “Komunidad: Filipinos in the UAE.” Bacani, a Filipina photographer...

The exterior of Le Fournil bakery. A banner with white text reads “Boulangerie” in blue, red and white, the color of the French flag, sits above the entrance.

The best French bakeries in New York City

These authentic French bakeries in the city will transport you to Paris.
Leila Anderson, Contributing Writer May 5, 2023

During the fall 2021 semester, I studied abroad at NYU Paris. Since then, I have not stopped talking about all the amazing French bakeries I ate at while across the Atlantic. I...

An interior space surrounded on all sides by bookshelves. In the middle are two red chairs. In the background, a person wearing a black shirt stands in front of a bookshelf.

Independent bookstores that are better than the Strand

Celebrate Independent Bookstore Day on April 29 with some of our favorite local stores.

With the rise of Booktok, interest in reading is at an all-time high among young adults. Whether you’re an avid reader already or are looking to start a new habit, buying books...

A group of models stand together for a photo on the runway. Behind them is a stream of purple light.

A look into the 2023 Gallatin Fashion Show

The Gallatin School of Individualized Study’s annual fashion show, with the theme “Renewal,” showcased 21 designers’ work in its 2023 exhibition.
Leila Anderson, Contributing Writer March 8, 2023

The 2023 Gallatin Fashion Show, which features student designers, was held on March 3, and was the school’s first in-person show since 2019. Its fitting theme was “renewal.”...