Columbia University & Washington Heights, New York City
Favorite thing: One of America's great universities is located on Manhattan, uptown on the west side, around 105th street. Originally King's College, Columbia has played an important role in American History and in American Education. The campus may look an attractive island of quiet, but Columbia students are hardly quietist!
say you want some kinishes, or you want to go to an 'olive deli' or dance some bachata. it helps to know where to find these things.
I said in my intro that new york is very muticultural blah blah blah, and it is, but people tend to stick together, and form there own little communities too.
Here is a guide*
*disclaimer- I am not saying that these are strict rules. I'm not being prejudice, or discriminatory. just shut up and enjoy your kinishes and salsa dancing.
Dominican - There are a LOT of dominicans in New York City (for anyone who lives in a rock, The Dominican Republic is half of the island of Hispañola in the carribean). The main, and most well known Dominican neighborhood is Washington Heights (about W 160 - W 185).
Some great dominican specialties are; bachata and merengue, two styles of latin dance music. Chicken, I don't know what they do to it but it's good. Platinos- fried with lechera is best. and tight jeans (they just seem to sell good tight jeans...) the main drag of Wasington heights is 181st and broadway. the best time to go is on the weekend, as there are alot of people out shopping and lots of steet vendors selling interesting things. summer is cool too as, the hydrants are usually going strong, and there is always music coming from somewhere. At night in the summer you can buy 'Chimichurri' sandwiches (like a 'torta' for anyone mexican out there) baisically a huge roll with lots of stuff on it. it will fill you for a whole week. They sell them in vans covered with neon lights.
most dominicans speak english, (hell, all the dominicans I know have been here way longer than me) but if you do want to do the spanish thang be warned, carribean spanish is very different to latin american spanish and spain spanish. For a sample tune in to 'la mega' radio on 97.9 fm.
+see the tip (which i will write :D) on El Malecon in the retuarant section.
Fondest memory: I lived in Washington heights for 2 years.
I used to love riding my bike in the summer, and going from fire hydrant to fire hydrant to stay cool.
I miss agua de coco (coconut water) and dulce de leche (very different from the argentine kind - more like a chewy caramel)
i will post fotos soon....
Favorite thing: This is Columbia University. It's kind of small. Located in the busy, hip upper west side of NYC I don't think it has a chance to grow in its current location. Inside the campus there's one major square as seen in photo taken from the stairs of the main library. A few weeks after my visit I saw the square again in the movie "Spiderman 2".
Spending time with friends:
Staying with Candy up near Columbia...chilling out with her room mates...checking out all of the fantastic vegetarian food available there...
Staying with Will...appreciating what living in a frat house is REALLY like...seeing NYU's business school...walking FOREVER to Battery Park...and back...
Seeing Fen Yee for the first time in over 10 years...and knowing that she's still 'my girl' Hoping that we will finally be able to live in the same city one day!
An evening with Laurence...and my first glimpse of Harlem...what a COOL place...going to Jimmy's and realizing that so much of the music that I love has its origins in New York...
An afternoon with Perry...and doing the law school thing...meeting other law students...and finding that we're not all THAT different...even if we're from different countries...and other sides of the continent...