The 1950s is usually remembered for its strict societal mores: the white picket fence, dad working and mom makes supper. But in Manhattan, especially in the area surrounding Columbia University, the beginnings of a new, defiant generation were emerging. The Beat Generation was made up of free-wheeling intellectuals that would gather at dimly lit bars, […]

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What do Stephen Colbert, Cyndi Lauper, Derek Jeter and I have in common? We are all preachers of the magical pastrami experience at Carnegie’s. The only difference is that my picture has never made it onto the wall. Sandwiched between Seventh Avenue and Broadway, Carnegie Deli is a small restaurant with a deli counter in […]

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This past weekend, I headed over to New York City to watch “Let’s Play Live!” What is Let’s Play Live? Well, you essentially watch people play video games on a stage in front of more than 2,000 live audience members with others watching from movie theaters nationwide. YouTube gamers including Achievement Hunter, Funhaus, Kinda Funny, […]

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I would like to think that I had a sheltered K-12 experience. Thanks to my parents and their generosity, I had the privilege of going to one of the best private college prep schools in Hawaii. I received a great education in a top-notch environment, and because of this, bullying didn’t play a critical role […]

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In today’s world of mass media, we are treated to views of the mess of the 2016 presidential election, new revamps of old, beloved TV shows and new, exciting products that promise to shed those pesky pounds that just don’t seem to come off. However, we are often forgetful of the problem that rules the […]

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Apparently, George Orwell foretold the future when he wrote “1984.” This time, however, the role of Big Brother is not played by one powerful person, but by the entire New York Police Department. A recent inquiry under the state’s Freedom of Information Law showed that the NYPD has been compulsively tracking cellphones between 2008 and […]

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In the wise words of The Notorious B.I.G., “mo’ money, mo’ problems” But alas, it seems there is finally a solution to this treachery, and it comes in the form of reality television star Jonathan Cheban. Jonathan Cheban, known for his role as Kimmy K’s and the rest of Kardashian clan’s snappy best friend, is […]

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Spotify unveiled its largest outdoor advertising campaign ever on Sunday, with large, hand-painted ads going up in ten cities around the world. In New York, personalized billboards can be seen in different neighborhoods. One ad shows that Justin Bieber was the most popular artist in Williamsburg while The Weeknd was most popular in the East […]

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“Why are there period ads everywhere?” reads the bold lettering on an ad developed by Thinx, a new company that has created underwear built to absorb period blood. “The better question is,” they also posit, “Why shouldn’t there be?” The salient question was originally aimed towards commuters on the New York subway system, but it […]

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Humans of New York, also known as HONY, has definitely made a name for itself. Surfacing in November 2010, photographer and founder Brandon Stanton started off by taking pictures of New York City dwellers, and including short snippets and quotes from their conversations. Stanton’s work has become a huge phenomenon, and rightly so. He finds […]

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