Enrico Vezza opened Astor Place Hairstylists in 1947 with a motto: no matter a customer’s style, language or economic background, everyone needs a haircut.
Articles By: Harrison Golden
Borough Growth Not Gentrification as Usual The shine of glass-windowed high-rises and big retail has yet to distract most Queens residents from neighborhood storefronts. In Astoria, a Greek butcher shares a laugh with a customer as he hangs a pig carcass in his shop window. In Corona, two Russian mechanics, hands covered in motor oil, argue over the costs of used leather [...]
Dorm Like Micro-apartments Could Become the City’s Future Since Nicole Chu moved into her 200-square-foot, $1,675-a-month West Village studio in August, small spaces have forced her to get creative. She uses a Pilate’s mat as her dining area. She places a ceramic water bowl atop her radiator, in lieu of a humidifier. And between the ceiling and an iron staircase—which [...]
At 1 p.m. on Tuesday, October 30, Parsons student and William Street resident Courtney Boyer heard a knock on her door. It was her residence advisor; Hurricane Sandy, which had already cut off the building’s power, was flooding the basement. Facilities personnel had tried removing the water with diesel-fueled pumps, but [...]
Three days have passed since Hurricane Sandy knocked out electricity in all of The New School’s student dorms, and most of their academic buildings. In that time, President David Van Zandt has cancelled the rest of the week’s classes; William Street dorm tenants have evacuated their residences; and over 100 of the university’s students have trekked to Arnhold Hall for [...]
UPDATE (3:00 p.m., October 29): The New School announced in a statement early Monday afternoon that all university offices and academic buildings would remain closed through Tuesday, in response to “serious storm conditions” affecting New York City brought on by Hurricane Sandy. The statement requested students, faculty, and staff to “please make your safety a priority.” University-sponsored public events initially [...]
Village patrons have visited Joe Coffee since its location at 9 E. 13th St. opened seven years ago. The chain’s owner, Jon Rubinstein, spends most workdays at his desk, located on the coffee shop’s mezzanine. In the past two years, as The New School began construction of its 16-story, $353 million University Center at 65 Fifth Ave. — just two [...]
Students usually turn to The New School Student Study Center for a quiet place to study and work. But for the presidential debate on October 3, the space at 90 Fifth Avenue became loud, boisterous and political.
A personal essay on student life in New York City Against the coffee house’s window-side ledge, a poet labors over her verse. The words just don’t sound right, she thinks. She repeats the lines to herself until her city talks back. “Excuse me, miss,” says an on-the-go latte drinker. “You have a very distinctive voice. Where are you from?” “New [...]
Chinatown Landmark Endures Neighborhood Changes Morning is hardly a rush on Doyers Street. Cars are rare on the narrow Chinatown backstreet; shirtless octogenarians do calisthenic stretches on the sidewalk; a barber takes a 45-minute cigarette break; and neighborhood mainstays play cards and sip cups of hot oolong tea at Nom Wah, New York City’s oldest tea parlor. Nom Wah has [...]