Monday, March 31, 2014

Macy's Flower Show

It's raining… it's pouring… snow is always creeping round the corner and this is supposedly almost April?! You would never guess that Spring is almost here and I know it is dampening everyones spirits. However! There is a glimmer of hope happening at Macy's on Herald Square for the next two weeks - the annual Macy's Flower Show!

Every year Macy's holds a big botanical bonanza outside their main store. This year the theme is 'Secret Garden' and features 50 types of trees and 30,000 plants. Bring not only a spring into your step but also some spring into your day. The colors and landscapes that they create are spectacular and a really fun experience to try out. The whole show is free, so why not go and check it out? It's running until April 6th and check out for more info!

Hair Cuts on the Cheap

New season, new hair, same budget. All that winter weather has probably dried and split your hair beyond recognition. Check out these places below to freshen up your look and liven your locks.

Don't cry, you'll still have $ for pizza afterwards :)

Hair Mates NY
Located near Astor Place, this Japanese hair salon offers some really awesome service and cuts for reasonable prices. Their original price is about $30-$40, but if you call ahead, you can book an apprentice that will only cost about half of that! They mainly cater to the young and hip Asian community, so they are most familiar with straight hair. Check their website for their other locations in the city.
(212) 777-4612
13 3rd Ave

Baishi Beauty Salon
Men can get a cut for $8 and women won't run for more than $13. There are no appointments, just seven chairs, a collection of spray bottles and scissors. This isn't a high-end salon as you can imagine, but a good place to get rid of those rigid ends for a very reasonable price.
10 Doyers St

This salon is usually full of regulars, but no appointment is required. Men can get a high-quality cut for $30 and women for $35-$40. All cuts include a complimentary wash with Tigi Bedhead products and a scalp massage. Call ahead for a dry-cut if you don't want a blow-dry finish that may add on an extra $15.
92 Elizabeth St location
(212) 741-8855
199 Second Ave location
(212) 725-7088

Friday, March 28, 2014

The Bechdel Test

In case you missed the event last night about the Bechdel Test here is information on it. This video is a little old but full of valuable information.


Thursday, March 27, 2014


For those who do not know, the movie Pi was the first feature film by Darren Aronofsky, the director of Black Swan and Requiem For A Dream.  Pi  is a techno-math, raw, thriller that keeps you on the edge your seat whether you like math or not. Because it is not about the math. In actuality it is about a genius mathematician on the brink of discovering a pattern in predicting the stock market's outcomes, while trying to keep his sanity which is quickly slipping away.
I just watched the movie for the first time the other day and I enjoyed it very much with its raw power and stylistic direction that is very similar to Requiem For A Dream (2000). Pi coming out in 1998 exposed Aronofsky to his "hip-hop" editing that is much more prevalent in Requiem but it should the extraordinary capability for the director. It was a very deep and complex feature and should be tool for young directors to study.

Pi IMDB link below:

- RA Jon

Tuesday, March 25, 2014

Resident on the Record: Keyana Tahmaseb

Sometimes there are residents that just make such an impression on you, you can't help but stop them in the hallway and say 'Hey Keyana! I wanna interview you for the blog!". Keyana Tahmaseb is a photography major in her Junior year at SVA. She is a native Oregonian who is interested in reading, movies, eating food and exploring the city. Being a second-year Ludlowian she has experienced a lot here and so I thought it would be interesting to get to know her a little better!

Adam: Hi Keyana!
Keyana: Hi Adam
A: What are you up to?
K: Right now I am playing animal crossing! Wait that's a lie. I'm thinking of what to order on Seamless and I'm hungry and I have a discount!
A: Ooh what restaurants would you recommend around here?
K: Los Perros Locos! Before coming here I'd never had a Colombian hotdog and now I know that I must have it in my life every now and then as they're so good. You also can't beat Hi Thai around the corner or $2 dumplings at North Gate on Essex St.
A: Doesn't Los Perros Locos do two for one hot dogs on Tuesdays?
K: They do! And they have student discount when you show your ID. They're very thoughtful to us Ludlowlians. 
A: So everyone should grab a friend and check it out on Tuesday! Why don't you tell us about your work?
K: Currently I am working on a fine art/contemporary project called Human Canvas Blending In. It's a photo project in which I apply paint and other similar mediums onto a person to make them blend in with their environments. It shows how we can feel invisible and consumed. 

A: Yeah I've seen some of the work, it's really nice! If anyone wants to check it out they can go to your website right?
K: Yes indeed! 
A: You've been here two years now! What's your favourite part about living at Ludlow?
K: The friends I've made. I've met so many different people while living here that are all extremely talented, kind and fun to be around. 
A: Thanks for stopping by Keyana!
K: Anytime, see you soon RA Adam!

Monday, March 24, 2014

Skin for Spring

Soon those gloomy days of winter will be a thing of the past, but your skin won't be so quick to let go. All that harsh weather probably has taken a toll on you, so why not treat yourself to a DIY facial for Spring?

Skin Brightener 

1 tablespoon of plain yogurt
1 teaspoon of honey
1 dash of ground cinnamon
1 dash of ground nutmeg

Apply to face for 10 minutes then wash off with warm water.

Facial Scrub

1 tablespoon of honey
1 tablespoon of brown sugar

Apply gently to face, rubbing in circular motions, and then rinse off with warm water.

Moisturizing Facial

1 tablespoon honey
4 tablespoons ground oats
1/2 banana

Mash all ingredients together until there is an even consistency and let it sit on the skin for 15-20 minutes before rinsing off.

Tuesday, March 18, 2014


New York is great, don't get me wrong.. but sometimes we all need a break from the city. It can become very overwhelming and sometimes even isolating. Luckily, NYC is in a pretty good location for day/weekend trips! There are several options in upstate New York including parks, hikes and lakes but sometimes you just want to try a new state right? 

Why not check out Massachusetts??? This is a song by the people that brought 'What does the fox say?' and pretty much sums up the charm and admiration I have for MA.

Friday, March 14, 2014

Caption Contest

Hello Ludlow!

I have gathered the funniest pictures from around the internet for a caption contest! Post in the comments a caption to any or all the photos below. The best captions will be featured on the Ludlow Facebook and Tumblr. Please keep comments respectful and safe for work. 



Want more funny photos? Check out

Thursday, March 13, 2014

That Guy with the Glasses

Hey Ludlodians!

Working and need something to watch or just simply laugh at? I happen to stumble upon the Nostalgia Critic, a comedic web series with a bitter and sarcastic film critic, as he reviews movies and television shows from his childhood and recent past (later expanded to include anything not still in theaters), usually with comically exaggerated rage. The show often alternates the Critic's angry rants and juvenile humor with legitimate analysis of the episode's subject.

This message was brought to you by RA Corie. :D

Wednesday, March 12, 2014

Inspirational Quote of the Day

As the semester is in full swing, it becomes extremely busy and hectic. Sometimes, we need to take a minute to gather our thoughts and reflect. I will be posting inspirational quotes regularly on this blog. If you have one you would like to submit, please email

The only way to do great work is to love what you do. –Steve Jobs

Monday, March 10, 2014

What That Restaurant Grade Means

You can't walk a single block in this city without passing a million restaurants. More often than not, you'll notice a health inspection grade in the window. It's either an A, B, or C. Of course you know everything is fine and dandy with an A, but what is going on in the kitchen to bring it down to a B? And a C..?

A: 0-13 points

B: 14-27 points

C: 28+ points

"The points for a particular violation depend on the health risk it poses to the public. Violations fall into three categories: 
A public health hazard, such as failing to keep food at the right temperature, triggers a minimum of 7 points. If the violation can’t be corrected before the inspection ends, the Health Department may close the restaurant until it’s fixed. 
A critical violation, for example, serving raw food such as a salad without properly washing it first, carries a minimum of 5 points.  
A general violation, such as not properly sanitizing cooking utensils, receives at least 2 points. 
Inspectors assign additional points to reflect the extent of the violation. A violation’s condition level can range from 1 (least extensive) to 5 (most extensive). For example, the presence of one contaminated food item is a condition level 1 violation, generating 7 points. Four or more contaminated food items 
is a condition level 4 violation, resulting in 10 points." --NYC Health

Click here to check your favorite restaurant's latest inspection information.