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New York, I love you

Monday, October 9th, 2017

“I know my New York City by heart,” she screamed over the phone; sliding her fingers between her black curls with a force that lead me to believe, she could at any moment, rip them apart. Rest assured, she didn’t hurt herself at any point but stood up, took deep breaths and walked towards the observation deck. I wouldn’t have done otherwise.

She may be gazing at the ripples or rejoicing at the sight of Staten Island from afar, breathing in the silence of the chaos. Whatever she may have chosen, wherever she was headed, her sudden declaration of authority, self-declaration of possession of the city, made me wonder how much of it was mine if all of it weren’t hers.

And then I remembered that each person makes her own New York. The 70,000 passengers that the Staten Island Ferry carries everyday make their own New York. The 60 million tourists that come flocking into the city live and relive the fantasy that is New York. And no matter how different your New York is from mine, we are all united, in the exact moment when someone utters the word, “New Yorker.”

 

Onlookers gaze at the skyline

Onlookers gaze at the skyline

I have been living in Manhattan for about three years now but had never been able to get myself to take the Staten Island ferry – the only form of free transportation in New York that runs around the clock – or explore even a little bit of Staten Island, the “forgotten borough.” But when I did, there was nothing like coming back home, to my Manhattan.

I am quite a frequent traveller and the same annoying economy class passenger you might encounter every now and then, who continues to fight for her right to occupy the window seat, even before standing in line for the check-in counter.

Yet, I had never gotten weary of staring out of the window, waiting for New York to approach me, or maybe reject me. With New York, you never know, you can never be sure. But today the sight I witnessed, I had never seen before.

Traveling in an airplane or in a subway is quite unlike traveling in the Staten Island Ferry: the struggle, the wars, the history, you see all of it looming over the sea. And then you see the Liberty. “It is gorgeous,” says the middle aged-woman from Texas.

It indeed is, for her and for thousands of tourists like her who visit everyday quite easily seduced and compelled by the city’s charisma. For immigrants like me, it is what New York is: a symbol of hope: an open invitation that reminds me that I can mold it, make it my own.

 

Manhattan Skyline from the Ferry

Manhattan Skyline from the Ferry

I have never had a bad narrative to offer after moving to New York. I have been catcalled, yes. I have had mice problem in my house, yes. I have waited for the subway for more than 20 minutes, yes. I avoid Times Square, yes. I think I should move to LA, get a car and a big house, yes. But does that ever make me love New York any less? NO. “It’s a bitter sweet love affair,” my classmate had said.

And the fact that she called it an affair instead of a melancholy one-sided love story, tells me she knew the city loved her back. Just like I do and just like the millions of others who come to the city and engage in an ever lasting love affair.

By Sushmita Roy

Sushmita Roy is a Campus Clipper intern and a junior at NYU majoring in Journalism and Psychology. Her research interests includes immigration, human interest stories and social psychology. When she’s not studying, Sushmita enjoys catching up with friends, binge watching TV shows and cooking for anyone and everyone. For over 20 years, the Campus Clipper has been offering awesome student discounts in NYC, from the East Side to Greenwich Village. Along with inspiration, the company offers students a special coupon booklet and the Official Student Guide, which encourage them to discover new places in the city and save money on food, clothing and services.

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Sandy Recovery

Friday, November 2nd, 2012

It’s no secret that we’ve just experienced what could arguably be one of the worse natural disasters in our city’s history, and even though we’re almost a week past the event, it’s still all anyone can really talk about.  That’s mainly because we are still suffering from Sandy’s wrath and will possibly be for the next couple of months.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

By “suffering” I don’t mean we’re at the mercy of devastating winds and arctic rain, I mean it in almost every other aspect besides the most literal. The level of damage done to public transportation is still unknown and parts of the city are still without power.  Trains are running on a “limited service” schedule anywhere in the city…above 34th Street. If you’re headed anywhere else in the city, you’re going to have to walk.

Brooklyn commuters may have it worst of all. With substantial amounts of damage done to the borough and parts of Lower Manhattan, getting into the city seems like an almost impossible task. A simple 20- to 30-minute commute may end up taking almost three hours at the height of rush hour. We can only hope that things get better soon, but it will take weeks and maybe months to get the subways running the way they used  to (hopefully even better.)

 

A line to catch a bus into the city, the only way to commute into Manhattan from Brooklyn.

There is a slight positive to all of this madness. With all the difficulty that comes with the commute, the MTA has granted free train rides for the next two days. Here at Campus Clipper we’re all about “free,” so this was really great news for us to hear. Although it did take me about 2 hours to get into work today, I have to admit that not paying definitely made it a little bit better.

All of us here at Campus Clipper hope everyone is okay and doing their best to return to normalcy. We can all use a little “normal” after the week we’ve had.

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Free Weekend (Week of 10/1/2012)

Friday, October 5th, 2012

Electrified ft. David Blaine

David Blaine is throwing a special launch party for his new illusion. What exactly is the illusion you ask? Well, Blaine will spend three days and three nights standing in the middle of a million volts of electric currents streamed by Tesla coils.

It should be quite the experience so be sure to RSVP.

 

Lazerpop ft. Girl Unit, Dubbel Dutch, Nadus

If you’re down for a late night party, Lazerpop  (aka Popgun) will be having a shindig at Grasslands Gallery. Dance/club music stars Girl Unit, Dubbel Dutch and Nadus all have sets tonight.

Tickets start at 5 dollars, but the fun you’ll have will be priceless.

more info here

 

Wild Belle

The chillwave/reggae fusion of Wild Belle is coming to Zebulon tonight. Wild Belle are duo Natalie and Elliot Bergman (we don’t know if they are brother and sister, husband and wife, or what, but that doesn’t matter, does it)?

They’ve gotten rave reviews earlier this year with performances at SXSW and Coachella, making this a must-see on a Friday night. RSVP before it’s too late!

 

Stop by 123 Burger before or even after your weekend festivities for a buy 1 get 1 free deal on burgers.

 

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Free Weekend (Week of 9/24/12)

Friday, September 28th, 2012

Kitty Pryde @ 285 Kent

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Rapping her way from Tumblr to mainstream, Kitty Pryde has been making quite a name for herself as of late. Adding to her slew of New York shows, she’ll be performing at Brooklyn venue 285 Kent on Friday.

There will be quite a couple of opening acts too, making the $5 price tag totally worth it.

 

 

 

Re:Mix Lab

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The return of Re:Mix Lab signifies the beginning of autumn for us party goers. Even though we have to go indoors to party, it should still be worth it, right?

Well Re:Mix Lab give us two nights of worthwhile parties this weekend. On Friday ,Action Bronson and RL Grime hit the stage (RSVP here), and then multiple DJs hit the stage Saturday night, courtesy of Elektro magazine (RSVP).

 

 

Bud Light Lime Presents End of Summer w/ Swizz Beatz

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

We say goodbye to summer with a performance by Swizz Beatz at the South Street Seaport. Jermaine Dupri, ARAABMUZIK, and DJ Kiss are also scheduled to appear.

This one happens earlier in the day so it might make for a great warm-up before you head (to) the Re:Mix Lab party that Saturday night.

More info  here.

 

 

‘SUP MAGAZINE and NY Art Book Fair Party

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

If you want to shy away from all the madness that’ll be going on in Manhattan this weekend, ‘SUP MAGAZINE is throwing a party in Brooklyn. It’s part of the NY Art Book Fair and I haven’t been to a boring art party yet, so this might be worth checking out. Make sure you RSVP.

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Carlos L., Monroe College. Read my blog!!  Follow me on Twitterand Facebook

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Free Weekend (Week of 9/10/12)

Tuesday, September 11th, 2012

Fall is officially here! With the arrival of the season, outdoor entertainment tends to get scarce. Luckily, there are still some amazing events going on around the city, including a full weekend of festivities at Irving Plaza that will help bring in autumn just as it did summer: with tons of great parties and concerts.

 

Green Day at Irving Plaza

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Punk rock legends Green Day will be performing a free show at Irving Plaza on Saturday the 15th. Given the popularity of the band and its status as punk rock royalty, I would’ve never dreamed of even hearing about a free Green Day show. The band is also rumored to be playing the Dookie album in its entirety.

Although the show is free, it doesn’t come without a price. Green Day are looking for their “number one fans” to come to show. In order to be eligible for tickets, one must not only “like” the Green Day Facebook page, but should also tweet with hashtags to show love for the band. Be sure to head over to the Green Day’s Facebook and Twitter pages while tickets are still available.

 

 

Heineken Red Star Access

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Heineken’s Red Star Access is a five-city tour showcasing some of hip hop’s most popular talents. Saturday, September 15th will mark the day the Red Access tour makes its stop in New York City.

The star-studded lineup includes DJ Clark Kent, French Montana, and hip hop heavyweight Wiz Khalifa. Not only will this be a night full of great music, but also Heineken will be supplying free brews all night, making this show more than worthwhile. More information is available here; but get on it fast because the event is on Saturday!

All Star Weekend and Gym Class Heroes

 

 

 

 

 

 

Cap the weekend off at Irving Plaza (September 16th) with a performance by pop rock band All Star Weekend and the rap rock soundings of Gym Class Heroes.  Kellogg’s Pop Tarts (yea, they’re getting involved in the free concert business) is sponsoring the event.

Like the Facebook page and be sure to stay tuned on how you can get tickets to the show…if they are still available!

That’s all for this week guys! Stay tuned to The Campus Clipper for more awesome free events next week, as well as coupons and deals on things you love.

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Carlos L., Monroe College. Read my blog!!  Follow me on Twitterand Facebook :)

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I Love New York

Wednesday, May 12th, 2010

Catchy right? Okay, okay, you can reem me for the completely unoriginal title later. Introductions are on the horizon, beginning with ‘who the heck is writing this entry, anyway?’ The name’s Cecylia Makarewicz, but that’s a 17-letter mouthful, so let’s just stick with ‘Cease.’

I’ll look at you with the most passive gaze I can manage and say, with my beret drooped over my left eye and an air of snobbish confidence that, “I am an artist,” and you’ll be seeing my work in what is supposed to be an entertaining series of cartoons starring The Big Apple itself and the process of surviving it. Which, for those of us who live here, work here, and try to avoid dying here, understand that this is no easy mission. The good news is that New York, despite its tough-love attitude, does love you, and with a little good faith, you’ll unearth its opportunities, unveil its bizarre beauty, and one day – who knows – you might even love it back.

The idea here is to spill what I know about living in New York, and I do mean living. I don’t like scraping by on Ramen noodles, coffee, and three hours of sleep. There’s a lot to be said about maintaining your well being – diet, exercise, chill-axing – especially if you’re, say, a totally broke (insert career here) student trying to make it in a place that’s already crazier than the average slice of life. I don’t know much about anything official, and I wouldn’t call myself a professional anything, but I’m willing to share what I’ve learned, and what I’m still learning, about living the best life I know how in a city where just about anything can happen.

So now you’ve read my mission statement, and after all of that, I’m not entirely sure how to begin. I thought I’d start with a recipe, or a restaurant, but the truth is that I’ve been living a very poor example of the very thing I’ll be writing about, as some crazy El-Nino nonsense decided to forecast October weather in MAY. I’m hunched next to my space heater, wearing the fleece I naively packed away a week ago, and the most I’ve accomplished today is a twenty-minute walk, a half-emptied peanut butter jar, and this blog entry. So I guess I’ll start by saying expect the unexpected…and that a lazy day now and then is a very good thing. ☺

Till next blog,
Cecylia

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