Dear New Columbians,
Walt Whitman’s New York, a collection of articles the author published in the now defunct Brooklyn Eagle, opens with the following observation: “A New York Journal,” the author writes, “a few days ago, made the remark in the course of one of its articles that the whole spirit of a floating and changing population like ours is antagonistic to the recording and preserving of what traditions we have of the American past. This is probably too true.”
When you first arrive in New York City, it can present such overwhelming lot of stuff you might dismiss Whitman’s concern. If you’re looking closely though, the city can offer more layers you’ll only begin unpacking by the end of your four years here. That’s why you may want to start early.
This is just a reminder from your friendly campus urban affairs mag, in the words of David Rakoff, to be a walker, not a pedestrian (we do appreciate other publications, even though we write our own) and some suggestions on how to start looking.
In this, our own first issue of the 2008-2009 year, we begin a trip through New York City, at night, underground, in memorial.