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    25 Signs You Went To NYU Before It Was Trendy

    Oh, you kids think walking around Washington Square Park in the snow this past week was tough? We actually did have to walk through the snow uphill, both ways, to get through that park back in our day...

    1. You've been asked for a quarter by The Quarter Guy more times than you can count (and, back then, he probably actually needed it).

    2. Before the renovation, walking through WSP for class in the winter meant risking your life walking up and down the slopes near the fountain.

    3. Living at Water Street meant a hike to class, but it also meant living in the lap of luxury.

    4. The sophomore year housing lottery came with the risk of being dormless.

    5. You ate at the Violet Café and Dojo's, and saw shows at The Bottom Line.

    6. You hung out at the Loeb Student Center.

    7. Living in Brittany during the summer was basically the same as living in the hottest pit of hell.

    8. People who didn’t go to NYU asked if you attended because of “Felicity.”

    9. You were in classes with celebrities BEFORE they were famous, not after.

    10. You jumped in the WSP fountain after commencement.

    11. You frequented “Café del ‘U’,” Delion’s, B-B-Q’s, Panchitos, Café Creole, La Margarita and Caliente Cab.

    12. You shopped at Posman’s on University, Bradlees in Union Square, and returned your class books to The Strand for extra spending money.

    13. You remember the student-made NYU football shirts that were all the rage, and how they disappeared just as quickly as they’d appeared after the threat of a lawsuit.

    14. You were once able to see the twin towers through the Washington Square Park arch.

    15. You understood the NYU/Columbia rivalry and believed in its validity.

    16. Your roommates were diverse, actually received financial aid or scholarships, and went to schools other than Tisch or Stern.

    17. Your friends ditched NYU dorms for cheaper apartments in Alphabet City, Williamsburg, Greenpoint or Astoria.

    18. You see former classmates and friends in commercials, movies and TV shows all the time. NBD.

    19. Getting into bars underage was no big deal when you were in school.

    20. When you went on to grad school elsewhere, it took you a full semester to understand that other schools' "spirit" wasn't meant ironically.

    21. You went to Bobst at a time when this sight was dizzying enough:

    22. The Palladium and Limelight were still nightclubs.

    23. You ate at the Olive Tree Café to catch sight of Colin Quinn, Robin Williams or Dave Chappelle after a set at the Comedy Cellar.

    24. You knew at least one of the street performers from Washington Square Park or Union Square personally.

    25. The friends you made there are now your New York City “family” and are part of the reason you still live in NYC today.