Too lazy to study Columbia Housing’s website? You're in luck---The Shaft is here to analyze your options, and today, we're talking Broadway and Schapiro.
Singles? Doubles? Numbers are confusing?
Broadway: 300 singles, 36 doubles.
Schapiro: 245 singles, 85 doubles.
I’m a rising sophomore, what are my chances of---
Broadway: Sophomores mostly live in the smallest doubles, but keep an eye on that silver lining---it's not out of reach.
Schapiro: Believe in your dreams---Schapiro hosts sophomores, juniors, and a few seniors.
Tear the Band-Aid off. What are the cons?
Broadway: Neither the rooms nor the kitchens are huge; and one current sophomore reports that “it’s pretty impossible to have parties in Broadway, although some have tried.” You’ve gotta love the tenacity of the human spirit.
Schapiro: We’ve heard gripes about cleanliness---especially in the kitchens and bathrooms---and the room lighting isn’t especially great. Otherwise, the complaints are more subjective: for instance, unless you’ve surrounded yourself with friends, the social environment can be a little quiet.
I'm still trying to find televisual meaning in a post-"Breaking Bad" world. Where can I catch up on television?
Broadway: On each floor, there’s a lounge with cable TV; in addition to those spaces, Broadway has two large lounges on the fourteenth floor, as well as an open space in the lobby.
Schapiro: Each floor has a kitchen lounge with cable TV; you’ll also find lounges on floors one and seventeen, the latter of which offers a beautiful view of the Hudson.
How often is the building cleaned?
Broadway: Both kitchens and bathrooms are cleaned daily (Monday through Friday), and trash removal is your job---suck it up.
Schapiro: Please see above.
Broadway: Four bathrooms per floor: two male and two female. Bathrooms are shared and typically clean.
Schapiro: Two bathrooms per floor: one male and one female. Bathrooms are shared, but their cleanliness is a bit questionable.
Any other features?
Broadway: Two stoves per kitchen; speedy elevators; three minutes to Hamilton; one seminar classroom; four music practice rooms; laundry available in basement.
Schapiro: Dance room on first floor; music practice rooms in basement; brief walk to both the 1 train and Morton Williams.
Both buildings are unique in their top-floor sky-lounges, where students can work, relax, and enjoy beautiful views of the city. In fact, the sky-lounges often serve as quiet study spaces, and are a great alternative if you don't feel like trudging to Butler.