Thursday, August 30, 2012

Reason #2 Why Living @ Ludlow is Awesome: Free Monthly Metrocard!

Yes, that's right!!  SVA students that reside at Ludlow get a free, unlimited, monthly metrocard!  That's a savings of $104 per month!!

Here's the Metrocard Schedule!  MARK IT ON YOUR CALENDAR! 
Bring a picture ID or your SVA ID. 

August/September Metrocard #1
Available Saturday & Sunday (September 1 & 2)
@ Ludlow Community Room 8 - 10 pm   
Students arriving after their scheduled check in date will pick up their metrocard @ Office of Residence Life, 23 Lexington Ave from 9am-4:45pm Tuesday September 4 through Friday September 7.

September/October Metrocard #2
Available September 17 through September 21 
@ Office of Residence Life, George Washington Residence, 23 Lexington Ave 
9 am to 4:45 pm Monday through Friday
No metrocards will be distributed after Friday September 21

October/November Metrocard #3 
Available October 22 through October 26
@ Office of Residence Life, George Washington Residence, 23 Lexington Ave  9 am to 4:45 pm Monday through Friday
No metrocards will be distributed after Friday October 26

November/December Metrocard #4
Available November 19 & 20 and November 26- November 30 
@ Office of Residence Life, George Washington Residence, 23 Lexington Ave  9 am to 4:45 pm Monday through Friday
No metrocards will be distributed after Friday November 30

Side Shave Haircut for Women Goes Mainstream

LOWER EAST SIDE — Anya Ayoung Chee's right and left side of of her head represent her past and present.
On the left is a mane of dark locks that reaches the middle of her back. They helped the Trinidadian compete in the 2008 Miss Universe beauty pageant.

On the right side, her head is shaved down to a short stubble, representing her current identity as an edgy Harlem-dwelling fashion designer.

"I just believed that hair carries memories," said Chee, 30, who left the beauty queen life three years ago when she got the new look.

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Wednesday, August 29, 2012

Ludlow Gives Back: Fugee's Family

This year, the Ludlow staff will be doing special programming to benefit one charitable organization per semester.  These programs will include donation drives, change collections, and awareness projects.  The organization that we will be helping benefit this fall semester is The Fugees Family.
 The Fugees Family is a non-profit organization devoted to working with child survivors of war.  They build upon the power of soccer to galvanize these kids by giving them the support and structure they need to realize their vast potential.  The Fugees Family provides a space for the kids to heal and meet others like them, from different countries, who have been through similar experiences.  Africans and Asians, Northern and Southern Sudanese, Muslims and Christians, Sunni and Shia Muslims - they all play on the same team, finding their commonalities instead of focusing on their differences.  Their bonds make them more secure in their own identity and more capable of acclimating to the mainstream.

Tuesday, August 28, 2012

Flags, Drums, Trumpets and Dance!

When I first meet someone and they find out that I am a dancer a lot of times they ask me when and how I started dancing. I find that for other dancers this is a very easy question to answer but I never really know what to say.

I guess I started dancing when I was very young and still living in Mexico. We did very traditional dances that required me to wear cowboy pointy boots and hats. When I moved back to the United States in 2001, I was more worried about learning English than getting back to dance. It wasn't until my sophomore year in High School that I got involved in a performing arts activity called Color Guard with a Non-Profit organization called The Blue Stars Drum and Bugle Corps.

At first I had no idea what I was getting myself into. I thought that I would be doing some dance and spinning a flag here and there. I remember my first summer doing this activity I learned so much about myself, about teamwork and about what it is to have family. I did this activity every summer for many years and it wasn't until my sophomore year of college in 2008, that I received a call from a friend that I had met doing this activity. I remember she woke me up to tell me that I needed to go to the University of Minnesota Dance Program Auditions. That same morning I went to the audition and got accepted to the U of M Dance Program. Over that last couple years I have separated myself from the Drum and Bugle Corps activity just because dance has consumed a lot of my time.

Today I still look at this activity as the creator of what I am today.

This video is just a sample of the activity that I used to do. Enjoy!

Reason # 1 Why Living @ Ludlow is Awesome: Laundry View

Did you know that we have a virtual laundry room??  

Hop on to Laundry View and see which machines are being used, how much time is left on your machine and you can even see what times are peak!

Monday, August 27, 2012

Rising Above the Lower East Side, in a Hue of Blue

In the heart of the Lower East Side, the Blue Building — a luxury condominium building designed byBernard Tschumi — looms high above Delancey Street. The 17-story building, which is nearly completed, hovers over a neighborhood where pushcart vendors, Jewish delis and crowded tenements once held sway.

Read more of this article by SEWELL CHAN at City Room

Art Battle Brings Out the Creative Spark in Lower East Side Kids - New York

Art Battle Brings Out the Creative Spark in Lower East Side Kids - New York

Sunday, August 26, 2012

Maintenance & IT Issues

If you are having a problem with your room (clogged drains, burned out lights, etc.), cable, or internet, please submit an online work request, called TMA, to the Facilities staff at

Clogged toilets or water leaks must be reported immediately to Security in the lobby, and then submit a work request at  Unreported leaks and drain problems can result in substantial damage to your room or another room.

Wednesday, August 22, 2012

Ludlow Collective

The Ludlow Collective is a social, artistry, and advocacy group run by RA Nicole.  

The Ludlow Collective hosts Model Night and Gallery Night for residents to partake in.  Model Night is a good opportunity for students to improve their life drawing skills with live models.  Gallery Night is a regular outing to local gallery openings or exhibitions.  The Ludlow Collective also holds monthly meetings for residents to discuss the future of the Ludlow community - where they’d like to see change or improvement. 

Ludlow Collective Meetings:  First Thursday of every month

Gallery Night: Second Thursday of every month

Model Night: Third Thursday of every month

The Ludlow Family

Ludlow Staff at the Bronx Zoo

Live-in staff operates the Ludlow Residence, including a Residence Hall Director and 10 Resident Assistants.  You will also find 24-hour security in the lobby and maintenance staff that works in the building.

Resident Assistants

Their role is to build a strong Ludlow community by planning fun programs for the residents and keep them safe by enforcing the policies. If you have questions about the school, the surrounding area, or anything, if you are having a problem with your roommates or just want to make new friends, your RA is the best person to start with!  RAs are available all week, have security give them a call and they will come and assist you!

Monday – Friday         8 pm – 11 pm
Saturday – Sunday     9 am – 11 pm

Irving, Jessie, and Adam

Jessie Gang – 3rd Floor RA
As a New Jersey native, enjoys mapping out vacation getaways she cannot afford, spelunking in the young adult aisles of Barnes and Noble, and plotting ways she can buy two pints of ice cream without getting noticed. When she is not indulging in her fine hobbies, she is working very hard in her senior year of graphic design and advertising.  Jessie is currently hosting a gnome in her room so please stop by and say hello!

Shaun Cronin – 4th Floor RA

Shaun is an adventurous lad who has a big heart.  He can be a bit shy at times by I’m told he’s a swell guy.  He always has his face in a book! Shaun likes doing things spontaneously with the people, such as going on adventures, exploring, going for a late night walk, watching movies, and cooking up a good meal!

Alice Jeong – 5th Floor RA
Alice (Yeonju) Jeong is a senior illustration major student. She loves the color blue, pink, and yellow. She loves food but alas she is not a good cook.  She can often be seen in the art supply store engrossed in picking out papers and brushes busy debating whether or not she can afford them.

Shaun, Irving, Becca, Jessie, Nicole, Adam, Corie, Bethany, & Alice
Irving Amigon – 6th Floor RA
Irving is a dance student at the Ailey School. During his free time, Irv can be found at the gym pumping some iron.  He really enjoys cooking delicious meals and baking some delicious goodies!

Corie Vonada – 14th Floor RA
Corie is a junior 2D animation major.  Other then drawing she enjoys reading, conversing with plants and watching cartoons.  She loves to eat and meet new people, sometimes at the same time. 

Adam Kammin – 15th Floor RA
Adam is often seen scouring the British countryside with his corgis, looking for a pleasant spot to enjoy a nice cup of tea. When he is not playing water polo with Prince William or leading his double life as 007; he studies Advertising in the Big Apple.

Imitating Flamingos
Bethany Altschwager – 16th Floor RA

A year ago, long time Connecticut resident, art teacher, and purveyor of general nonsense, Bethany, quit her job, packed up her camera, and began riding the rails.  Three apartments later she is now a second year art therapy student and is trading in her vagrant lifestyle for John Waters flicks, ice cream, and an RA position in the Ludlow residence.  

Rebecca Liebert – 17th Floor RA
Rebecca is a senior graphic design and advertising major.  She is the middle child of 5, with two sisters and two brothers.  She plays piano, guitar and she loves to sing and write and music in her spare time. 

Shaun, the butterfly whisperer!
Michael Morelli – 18th Floor RA

Mike is a junior Visual Critical Studies major. He thinks he is a cat and can often be found yelling "I am the devil and I love metal!" while riding his bike with no hands down 9th St. Mike also enjoys ice cream and Jason Statham movies, and is still waiting for the Jedi council to test his Midichlorian count.

Nicole Alvarez – 19th Floor RA
Nicole is a 4th year Illustration major.  One of her wishes in life is to be a mermaid.  She likes cats, is warming up to dogs and loves the smell of the air before rain.  
Beth, Becca, Shaun, Alice, Corie, Adam, Jessie & Nicole taming sea lions

Brent Philhower – 20th Floor RA
Brent Philhower is a senior Graphic Design major. Brent enjoys chugging copious amounts of diet Pepsi, watching the Disney channel, and is an avid Jean Claude Van-Dam fan. While Brent is not busy destroying people in words with friends, he enjoys collecting Nerf guns and overdosing on Netflix.

Residence Hall Director (RHD)
The Residence Hall Director is a live-in professional staff member supervises the Resident Assisants and oversees building procedures and residents.  The RHD makes sure that policies and procedures are being upheld and conducts judicial meetings with students if they’re not.

Nicole Shillings

Nicole has been an RHD with the SVA since 2007.  She was the Residence Hall Director for the Gramercy Women’s Residence for 5 years and is now the new Ludlow RHD! 

She enjoys loving on Ollie (the RHP), cooking and entertaining, having a good laugh and enjoying NYC!  She also enjoys getting to know her Ludlow residents and seeing them enjoy their new home!  Although she lives in the building, you are always to go to an RA first!

Where you can find RHD Nicole:
Monday, Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday, 9 am – 5 pm
RHD Office, in the Ludlow Basement

Tuesdays 11 am – 5 pm
Office of Residence Life, in the George Washington Residence

Phone: (212) 592-2217

Oliver “Ollie” – Residence Hall Puppy

Oliver is a 6th year Resident Hall Puppy, but this is his first year at Ludlow! 

He is hypoallergenic and does not shed, nor does he bite – he is very friendly and sweet.  He does like to make little snorty piglet noises and give kisses.  His interests include barking at the TV, eating carrots, and snuggling.


Security officers are at the front desk 24-hours per day.  They will check identification as you enter the building, and will help you sign in guests in accordance with our guest policy (see The Policies).  They are also available to assist you in a time of emergency. 

If you need help from an officer, you can reach them using the intercom in your room or by calling 212-592-2713.

The Facilities (Maintenance) Staff

Gustavo & Carlos

The Facilities Staff responds to any maintenance issues that may come up in your room or around the building.  Carlos is the Ludlow Superintendant and Gustavo is the Ludlow Maintenance Manager.  They are available Monday – Friday, 8 am – 4 pm.  There is maintenance staff that will respond to maintenance issues 24-hours a day, 7-days a week. 

If you are having a problem with your room, (e.g. tub gets clogged, light burns out, etc.) fill out a TMA Request online at

The Building

The Ludlow Residence is SVA’s newest residence hall, built in 2009.  It is comprised of 259 single and 47 double rooms.  During the academic year, Ludlow houses 225 SVA students, 126 King’s College students, and 20 Alvin Ailey students.

The Rooms

Double Room
The rooms are adjoined together by a shared bathroom, single-to-single or single-to-double, making them suite-style rooms.  Double rooms have lofted beds to accommodate a larger living area for the residents.  Single rooms' beds are not lofted.  Single rooms are on average 8 x 10', and double rooms are on average 16 x 20'.

Each room is fully furnished for each resident and has the following amenities:
  • extra-long twin bed
  • 4 dresser drawers & a closet 
  • desk & chair
  • storage cabinet
  • microwave & mini-refrigerator
  • central air conditioning and heating
  • overhead lighting
  • Wi-Fi & high-speed internet
  • cable ready
  • large windows with privacy shades

  • Bedding for an extra long twin bed
  • Kitchen utensils, plates, and cookware
  • Ethernet and cable cords
  • Computer and/or TV
  • Lamps, if you prefer additional lighting
  • Clothes & Hangers
  • Towels, toiletries, & bathmat
  • School or Government Issued Picture ID
  • Cleaning supplies & garbage can
  • Alarm clock
  • Laundry Supplies
  • Surge Protector(s)

What Not Bring…
  • Personal Furniture
  • Cooking appliances
  • Electric Blankets
  • Pets or Animals of Any Kind
  • Halogen Lights or Lamps
  • Candles or Incense
  • Cinder Blocks

Cooking is not permitted in the rooms.  Students can use the microwave provided in the room or The Communal Kitchen.  All cooking appliances are banned from Ludlow rooms. 

The following are acceptable appliances: Coffee Makers, Electric Kettles, and Rice Cookers. 

The following are unacceptable appliances: Hotplates, Toasters, George Foreman grills, self-heating cooking appliances, toasters, and blenders.

Access Cards & Keys

SVA students use their school IDs to enter the Ludlow Residence and their rooms.  Each student’s ID can only access the front door, terrace, and his or her room – no other rooms.  Each room is issued a mailbox key that opens the mailbox that corresponds with that room.

What to do if you lose your key or key card:  Visit RHD Nicole during her office hours (Mon, Wed, Thurs, & Fri 9 am – 5 pm) to be issued a new one.  Until your card/key is replaced, Security can key you into your room.  Replacement keys and key cards cost $25 and are billed against your housing deposit.

If you lose your SVA ID, you can go to the Registrar’s Office to be issued a new one.  Once you are issued a new SVA ID, please let RHD Nicole know so that she can add access to your new ID.

Community Room

Pool Table
The Community Room is located in the basement and is open 24-hours.  It’s a place where students will attend building meetings, fun programs, and hang out with other students.  The Community Room is connected to the communal kitchen. 

The Community Room has the following amenities for students to enjoy:
  • Comfortable furniture
  • Tables and chairs for eating and working
  • Big Screen TV and DVD player
  • Foosball Table
  • Pool Table
  • Games
  • Wireless Internet 
  • Vending Machines (right outside the community room entrance)

What to do when there is a maintenance issue in the community room:  Please fill out a TMA Request online at

The Communal Kitchen

The Communal Kitchen is located in the basement, attached to the Community Room.  There is a stove, oven, microwave, toaster oven, and other various appliances for students to use. 

Students are responsible for cleaning up after themselves while they are using the kitchen.  

Students are welcome to bring a lock box to store their own cooking utensils (labeled with their last name name and room number).  Dirty dishes left in the sink or on the counters will be disposed of at 9 am each morning.

What to do when there is a maintenance issue in the communal kitchen:  Please fill out a TMA Request online at

The Terrace

The Terrace is located on the 2nd floor and is open from 8:00AM to 9:00PM daily.  There are two large bike racks and an electric grill for students to utilize. 

Please ask security if you need to access the bike racks outside open hours.  
  • Smoking is not permitted in the building or on the terrace. 
  • Please do not step on the plants; they are delicate. 
  • There are two professional staff apartments located on The Terrace.  Please respect their privacy.

What to do when there is a maintenance issue on the Terrace:  Please fill out a TMA Request online at

Laundry Room

The Laundry Room is located in the basement and it’s totally FREE!!!  Yes, that’s right, FREE! The Laundry Room features Laundry View, an online and texting notification system!  Visit to see how much longer your laundry needs or what washers and driers are free! 

Washing takes approximately 40 minutes and 1 hour to dry.  Please clean the lint trap when you complete your laundry.  Running a dryer with a full lint trap can cause a fire! 

Staff is not responsible for lost or stolen laundry.  Items left unattended for more than 24 hours will be donated to a local charity.

What to do when there is a maintenance issue in the laundry room:  Please fill out a TMA Request online at

Trash Disposal

Each floor has a trash chute and recycling bins.  NO GLASS or BOXES IN TRASH CHUTES !
  • Trash (Rubbish) Chutes – bagged garbage only, no glass!
  • Recycling bins – paper products, glass, and cans
  • Boxes – collapse all boxes and bring to the basement garbage room (located across from the community kitchen)
What to do when there is a maintenance issue with the trash:  Please fill out a TMA Request online at

Mail & Packages

Mail is delivered to the mailboxes in the lobby near security.  Each room only receives one mailbox key, residents of double rooms will share a key. Loss of this key will result in a $25 fee for replacement, billed against your deposit. 

If you are expecting a package, your room number will be recorded on the white board near security.  Simply inquire with security about your package and they will have you sign and receive it. 

If you choose to receive mail while staying at the Ludlow Residence, your mailing address will be:

Your Name
101 Ludlow Street, #(Your room)
New York, NY 10002

Security will not accept the following deliveries on your behalf for groceries, dry cleaning, or laundry.


Internet is provided for each student.  Wireless is throughout the building.  To login a student uses their MySVA login and password.  For new students this would be their login would be their sva email handle and their password is their SVA ID number.  Example:
Login: jsmith325
Password: 0987654

Each room is also equipped with Ethernet hooks ups.  Residents will need to provide their own Ethernet cord. 

What to do when there is a problem with the internet:  Please fill out a TMA Request online at and choose Network/Cable (IT) under Maintenance Category.  Please be as detailed as possible in the description.  For example:  My Wi-Fi has been down since about 6 pm.  And it comes and goes.  The LAN is working fine.


Rooms are cable ready.  There is a cable connection in each room.  Residents are responsible for providing their own TV and cable cord.  Ludlow has DirecTV as their cable provider 

Channel Line Up

2- CBS
17- Spike
32- BBC America
47- Cloo
18- USA
33- A&E
48-Travel Channel
4- NBC
19- Syfy /Sci-Fi
34- History Channel
49- ABC Family
5- Fox
20- TNT
35- Logo
50- BET
6- Fox News
21- TBS
36- Bravo
51- MTV
7- ABC
22- FX
37- Nat’l Geographic
52- MTV2
8- CNN
23- Comedy Central
38- Discovery
53- VH1
9- My 9
24- Oxygen
39- OWN
54- Fuse
10- Weather
25- Lifetime
40- TLC
55- Current
11- The CW
26- AMC
41- Animal Planet
56- Sundance
12- Food Network
27- TCM
42- Science Channel
57- IFC
13- Thirteen
28- Chiller
43- Disney Channel
58- NFL
14- Cooking
29- Fox Movies
44- Cartoon Network
59- NHL Network
15- E!
30- Soap Network
45- Nickelodeon
60- ESPN-U
16- Reelz Channel
31- Fit TV
46- TV Land
61- MSN

What to do when there is an issue with the cable: Please put in an TMA request at Network/Cable (IT) under Maintenance Category.  Please be detailed as possible in the description.  For example:  On Saturday, August 8th, at 8:30 pm, Bravo was a blue screen.  It came back on at 11:15 pm.