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NYU’s Museum Gateway

After being at NYU longer than I’d like to admit, we finally receive the benefit of attending some of the city’s museums gratis.

Below is the list of museums, as of September 14, that we get to visit for free and receive discounts at the gift shops and cafés. The list published at NYU’s Museum Gateway.

Updated, February 2015: The Brooklyn Museum is no longer part of the gateway program.

Updated, February 2016: The New Museum has joined the gateway program.

Museum Admission Discount Address Website
The Frick Collection Free admission for NYU students   1 East 70th Street, New York, NY 10021 http://frick.org
Grey Art Gallery Free admission for NYU students   100 Washington Square East, New York, NY 10003 http://nyu.edu/greyart
The Jewish Museum Free admission for NYU students 10% discount at museum shop 1109 Fifth Avenue, New York, NY 10128 http://thejewishmuseum.org
El Museo del Barrio Free admission for NYU students 10% discount at La Tienda museum shop and at El Café 1230 5th Avenue, New York, NY 10029 http://elmuseo.org
Museum of the City of New York Free admission for NYU students plus one guest 10% discount at museum shop 1220 5th Avenue, New York, NY 10029 http://mcny.org
Museum of Modern Art Free admission and film tickets for NYU students   11 West 53rd Street, New York, NY 10019 http://moma.org
Museum of the Moving Image Free admission for NYU students 15% discount in the Museum Café and the Moving Image Store 36–01 35th Avenue, Queens, NY 11106 http://movingimage.us
The New Museum Free admission for NYU students   235 Bowery, New York, NY 10002 http://newmuseum.org
The New-York Historical Society Free admission for NYU students 10% discount at Museum Store 170 Central Park West, New York, NY 10024 http://nyhistory.org
Rubin Museum of Art Free admission for NYU students   150 West 17th Street, New York, NY 10011 http://rmanyc.org
The Studio Museum in Harlem Free admission for NYU students 10% discount at Museum Store 144 West 125th Street, New York, NY 10027 http://studiomuseum.org
Whitney Museum of American Art Free admission for NYU students plus one guest 20% discount on Whitney publications and select products at the Whitney Store
10% discount at Untitled, the Whitney’s new Danny Meyer restaurant
The Whitney will reopen in Spring 2015 at 99 Gansevoort Street http://whitney.org

The NYU Bike Repair Station that Saved My Commute

In the past, I have had a few mishaps bicycling from work, and yesterday, as I was about to leave for home, I noticed that I had a flat tire. A small piece of glass had punctured through my expensive yet supposedly impenetrable Gatorskin tire and created a slow leak. As I do most days, I left my bike parked in the NYU bike lot behind the Stern School of Business. The lot has been there for as long as I’ve been here, and it’s been a great benefit since I moved to Queens and commute to Bobst every weekday.

NYU Bike Repair Station

In the past year, the NYU Bike program has installed a bike repair station at our bike lot. The repair station has a pump and tethered set of tools, including a 15mm track wheel wrench, bike levers, and common allen wrenches. At the station, I managed fill up my flat tire to about 80 PSI and ride to the nearest bike shop to get a new tube. I rode back to the bike lot, with only about 20 PSI left in the tube, and proceeded to replace the slowly leaking tube. After filling it to 110 PSI, I pedaled home.

In all fairness, I usually bring one of those tool bags that fits under my seat, but I hadn’t been bringing it because I was overly optimistic about the Gatorskin’s ability to resist punctures in New York City. When it comes to New York’s road conditions, which border on third-world in terms of quality, there is no such thing as true puncture resistance.

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Does NYU Have Bieber Fever?

As I bicycled to and arrived at NYU this morning, there was a huge security detail around the Stern Business School. While there was the usual presence of NYU Campus Safety and NYPD officers, a new batch of guards wearing Tribeca Film Festival badges were also on the scene. After some quick online searches, I found that the Tribeca Disruptive Innovation Awards ceremony is here today at Stern.

The third annual Tribeca Disruptive Innovation Awards, hosted by NYU Stern School of Business, on April 27. The 11th edition of TFF runs April 18 to 29.

Lifetime Achievement Awards will be given to Jack Dorsey, founder of Twitter and Square, and John Wood, founder of Room to Read. Wood has opened over 13,500 libraries around the world at a cost of $5,000 per library. The Book of the Year honor will go to Thinking, Fast and Slow by Nobel Laureate Daniel Kahneman. DARPA (Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency) will be returning this year with Agency Program Manager Dr. Gill Pratt showcasing the Hummingbird, DARPA’s prototype nano-drone, as well as a new prototype making its debut from DARPA’s M3 program—the Cheetah. The roster of other award winners is a colorful and eclectic group spanning several realms of culture and society, among them pop superstar Justin Bieber and manager Scooter Braun, honored for the historic discovery of Bieber on YouTube and his subsequent social media rise; producer Rick Rubin, for founding Def Jam Records 30 years ago in an NYU dorm room; and oncologist Steven A. Curley for his advances in cancer treatments.

While there are a good number of heavy hitters attending, I suspect that the larger-than-normal detail is due to Justin Bieber.

I don’t think I saw this level of security when David Cameron spoke on campus in March, and he’s only the Prime Minister of the United Kingdom.

(Via We Are Movie Geeks.)

Triangle Factory Fire: 101 Years Ago

Triangle Factory Fire: 101 Years Ago by juanomatic

A large group of school children gathered at NYU’s Tisch Hall to commemorate the 101st anniversary of the Triangle Shirtwaist Factory fire. The factory was located at Washington Place and Greene Street in the heart of what is now NYU’s Washington Square “campus”. The fire and its aftermath led to the passage of a number of workplace safety and labor protection laws in the midst of the Progressive Era.

Bobst Between Semesters: A Serene Scene


As I come to Bobst Library during the intersession period, the lower level study area looks wonderfully deserted. During the last week of the semester, there were people in these seats throughout the entire day. Some were studying, but a good number of them were sleeping.

Bobst Library will remain calm for another week, until classes begin in the third week of the month. At that point, the spring semester will begin again and the bustle will return.

Happy Birthday…to My Camera

Me with a Camera

Today is November 11. Not only is it Armistice Day, Veteran’s Day, and Corduroy Day, it is also the day I bought my first and only SLR camera. I bought my Canon 20D on November 11, 2005. I didn’t actually remember that I bought it on this day, except that I was registering a new lens and a new flash, and the Canon website showed me the list of products. Evidently, I had bought the camera on this day back in 2005. Cool!

GSOC Strike Day One 2

When I bought the camera, it was during the graduate student strike against NYU. The GSOC strike started only days earlier, and would continue into the cold days, cruel days of the winter. I brought my then-new camera to the picket line and found plenty of opportunities to shoot photos of the strike. One of the best opportunities came when GSOC’s undergraduate allies occupied Bobst Library.

GSOC Occupies Bobst Library 20

I shot the photo above during that occupation. I posted it on an older version of this website, and it was seen by the GSOC brass. They eventually published the photo in a book about the strike, The University Against Itself: The NYU Strike and the Future of the Academic Workplace. Despite the attention we got and the perseverance of many on the picket line, the strike was a total bust, and almost no one remembers it. The union died that winter.

At least I got a little practice in amateur photojournalism.

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Remembering Robert Sklar

Robert Sklar at the 2004 Cinema Studies Conference

Although it’s how I found out about the Japanese earthquake, I cannot fully believe what I read as “news” on Facebook or Twitter. Not until I can confirm with some kind of journalistic news source. Sorry.

Because I haven’t been able to verify it with an authoritative source, I have been in disbelief over the death of former NYU Professor of Cinema Studies, Robert Sklar. I saw that he had died this weekend on my Facebook News Feed two days ago from some very trusted and accomplished friends, but I haven’t seen anything from the local newspapers or from the university. (I mean no disrespect to fellow NYU alum J. Hoberman, Frances Guerin, and Matt Singer, who all wrote touching tributes to a great scholar.)

[Update: The New York Times has published an obituary on Thursday, July 7, and Richard Allen penned the department’s official tribute on the Cinema Studies website.]

Unlike most Cinema Studies students at NYU, I never took any of his classes. During my years, he taught only the masters-level introduction to historiography, a course I had been excused from taking because of my extensive undergraduate coursework at UCSB. Despite missing out on this ritual of passage at NYU, I had some great moments with Bob Sklar over the years.

For one thing, he needed a lot of help with his computer. Having heard from someone in the department that I was good at “computer stuff,” I was contracted to help him and his wife, Adrienne Harris, an intellectual powerhouse in her own right, with their computers. I did a few things over the years, like get their printers installed and working with their Windows machines, installing and securing their wireless network, and finally convincing them to get an iMac. However, after migrating them to Macs, I never heard from them again about needing help with their computers.

While we waited for downloads and installations, Bob and I would talk. Sure, we chatted about film and my own research, but we didn’t talk about that for long. I think he and I shared a certain weariness about “shop talk.” So we talked about baseball. A lot. He was a Yankee fan, and he held a certain disdain for my loyalty to the Dodgers. It was mostly because, like me, he was a transplanted Los Angeleno (Long Beach, actually), but, unlike me, he rooted for the Angels. The Los Angeles Angels. Not of Anaheim but of the Pacific Coast League. I never argued with him, figuring that he deserved respect for even having been to a PCL game and that he wasn’t a fan of the San Francisco Seals.

One of my favorite recollections of him was when I submitted a Statement of Progress as part of my transition from the masters to the doctoral program. Having managed the Cinema Studies softball team for the prior two years, I thought it would lighten the mood if I included my softball hitting statistics with my statement. Professors Straayer and Sklar were in charge of my meeting, and since they were both baseball fans, I knew my stunt would go over well. Sure enough, Sklar looks over my documents and comes across my softball statistics. He nods approvingly and says, “pretty good. But why no home runs?”

I never talked about Fantasy Baseball, figuring it would be a sore point for him, given that he was one of the developers of the game but never made any money from it. But we did go to a few games together. He was nice enough to take me to a few Yankee games. It was the closest I ever felt to watching a game with my father, other than, of course, seeing a game with my father. I kept a neat and thorough scorecard, and deferred to him on whether it was a hit or an error. For a graduate student with no income duringthe summer months, it was a nice treat to be his guest at those games. And I’m glad that I had enough money left that summer to buy him a beer.

Synching More than One Calendar From Our New NYU-Google Apps Thingy

For those of us still adjusting to NYU’s migration from our in-house mail and calendaring systems to those hosted by the everyone’s favorite technology behemoth and personal data farm, it’s been a little tricky to get our mobile devices to synchronize with our mail and calendars. But hey, if every other company uses Google Apps, why can’t we?

Actually, I found myself liking the transition. I now actually use the calendar and the Office-like apps have been pretty handy, especially on my iPad.

However, my biggest challenge since the migration has been getting more than my default calendar to appear on my iPhone and iPad. I was really pleased to see that in today’s New York Times technology section, they offered a solution to my problem. Well kind of.

What the article failed to mention was that we can’t access our Google Apps settings using Google’s default settings page. We have to do it through our host domain. For those of us, at NYU, we have to visit a different page. But once you navigate there, authenticate yourself, it’s just a matter of clicking the right boxes. After that, you have to have your iOS device remove your Google hosted calendars from your device. (Don’t be scared, it’s in the CLOUD.) Add your calendars anew, and a few moments later, your calendars will appear on your device.

Batting Cage on Houston St & Broadway!?!


I was invited by a friend at NYU to use the rooftop batting cage at Coles. Yes, that’s right, there’s a batting cage in the middle of the Greenwich Village-SoHo neighborhoods. One of everyone’s biggest complaints is the distance you have to travel to get to one or how expensive it is. This solves both problems since I’m at NYU at least three times a week.

I might have to come here again. And by that I mean every workday!

Thanks, friend…. This is not a bad way to spend St. Patrick’s Day.