By Alexander Aibel
While Tom’s Restaurant’s fame is attributed to being featured on Seinfeld and being the subject of Suzanne Vega’s hit song “Tom’s Diner”, its hidden treasure lies within the welcomeness, compassion, and modesty of the restaurant.
Bought by Tom Glikas in the 1940’s, Tom’s has been a staple on the corner of 112th and Broadway ever since. The restaurant’s unique exterior and blue and red neon sign light up the block at night, while the interior has a counter or booths for customers to sit in.The family run business has been able to operate for almost 80 years now, serving a medley of foods. People dine in at all different times, from a pre-work meal to a drunk 2 a.m. snack.
By Ryder Davis
An average working day for a New York City street vendor begins at 9 a.m. and continues until 5 p.m. — seemingly normal hours in America. But their jobs can take them to faraway places such as Madagascar or Chile, in search of rare or unique goods that will appeal to Western customers. Those customers, as described by Nepali women’s clothing vendor Yogesh Shakya, find the rare goods “legitimate and desirable” because of their seeming connection to another culture.
Several New York street vendors come from a retail background — some owned and operated retail stores in Downtown Manhattan before pivoting to street markets. Shakya owned a store called Omyogi Handicrafts, selling the same items he would later sell in his outpost at street fairs — handmade crafts, including jewelry and pants, from places ranging from Nepal to Jamaica.
By Russell Stern
Located in the Morningside Heights neighborhood in the Upper West Side of Manhattan, on Riverside Drive and 120th street, the Riverside Church stands, fascinating and imposing, as the tallest church in the U.S. It has been around for almost 100 years and covers two city blocks.
Constructed in 1927 with its doors opening to the public in 1930, its building was organized by John D. Rockefeller, an infamous American oil industry magnate.
By Angelina Campanile
Columbia University freshmen walking into their first lecture hall might expect to see a wave of baby blue roaring lions smacked on each student’s chest. Instead, they see a mixture of baby blue Columbia Lions and brown Barnard Bears.
According to some students, teachers, and college guidance counselors, there is a perception that Barnard College is the ultimate secret passageway into the university. Students who have been denied from Columbia and accepted into Barnard still have the ability to live out the Columbia University experience.
By Macy Lipkin
Basketballs bounce down the court, providing rhythm to the taxis honking on the adjacent street. A woman meditates on a nearby bench. Park staff load a wheelbarrow into a Gator.
Prayer and exercise occur simultaneously in Morningside Park. It’s part sanctuary, part oasis, and part social hub.
By Ryann Perlstein
Now more than ever, especially with the rise of civil and women’s rights marches throughout the country against the Trump administration, many young women feel the importance of attending an all-women’s college or university.
Directly across Broadway, from the highly-regarded, formerly all-male Columbia University, Barnard College remains a refuge for women seeking higher education without the sexism frequently present in coeducational classrooms. The year 2017 marks the 25th anniversary of the graduation of Columbia College’s first coed graduating class.
By Jacqueline Olson
Although the sign at Koronet Pizza on Broadway may read a “small” slice of pizza is three dollars, this one piece of the pie is nowhere near the typical small that comes to mind. In fact, longtime Koronet Pizza cook Sam said one small piece at Koronet is the equivalent of two regularly sized slices at a commercial pizza place.
Open since 1981, Koronet Pizza has been a local favorite for its cheap prices, good food, and even better portions.
By Jessa Glassman
Finding a serene escape from the buzz of city life can be like searching for a needle in a haystack made of tall buildings and subways. Morningside Park, a 30-acre area including grassy areas, a basketball court, playgrounds, recreational spaces, benches and much more, is the shiny needle found in Manhattan.
The park is adjacent to Columbia University, and attracts people of all kinds who go to it for all different reasons.
By Jonny Wu
Although countless pizzerias decorate the busy streets of New York City, Koronet’s Pizza stands out for its unique spin on a classic Italian dish. This restaurant is famed for its “Jumbo” pizza slices, which are over double the size of normal slices. However, the restaurant’s friendly and casual atmosphere makes the restaurant truly enjoyable for both customers and workers.
Located near the intersection of Broadway and 114th Street, Koronet’s Pizza resides in a single room inside of a modest brick building. The back half of the restaurant is taken up by the kitchen, complete with cutting boards, pizza racks, and ovens. The open kitchen allows customers to watch their meals hand-prepared by the chefs. Barstools line the edge of the counters and walls, while wooden tables and chairs are scattered throughout the restaurant. Slow pop music plays from speakers in the ceiling.
By Sophie Ryland
It’s easy to become entranced by the beauty of the goods at the Broadway Street Fair without wondering about the story behind them. Intricately carved wooden animals, colorful porcelain plates, and earrings made with supposed “healing stones” catch the eye as one wanders through the village of white tents.
Those same tents are run by people whose culture and stories span generations and continents. Found on Broadway Street in Morningside Heights, the street fair features about ten vendors, all of whom need only to pay ten dollars for a permit in order to to sell their wares.