September 19, 2021
  • 7:00 am Outstanding Professor Award Recipient’s Mic Drop Moment at Last Month’s Virtual Ceremony
  • 9:10 am Bookworms of the World Unite!
  • 7:46 pm Breaking News: All Students Living in Campus Housing Required to Receive COVID-19 Vaccine
  • 9:00 am CSUDH Esports Creates International Competition
  • 9:35 am Spring Commencement Ceremonies Get Brighter
  • 3:46 pm Breaking News: Spring Commencement Ceremonies Recieve Stadium Upgrade
  • 8:00 am Testing the Teachers (and All the Educators)
  • 9:30 am CSUDH Educators and School Employees, Vaccinated Next
  • 10:30 am For White People Only: Anti-Racism Workshop Addresses Racial Bias and Unity
  • 2:43 pm Greatness Personified: Remembering Kobe Bryant
  • 10:02 am Straight Down the Chimney and Into Your (Digital) Hands: Special Holiday Edition of The Bulletin!
  • 2:44 pm Did You Wake up Looking this Beautiful?
  • 11:43 am A Long History for University’s Newest Major
  • 5:15 pm Issue 5 of Bulletin Live! Collector’s Item! Worth its Weight in Digital Paper!
  • 4:06 pm Special Election Issue
  • 4:03 pm Three best Latinx Halloween & Horror Short Films available now on HBO Max
  • 9:49 am Issue 3 of CSUDH Bulletin Live if You Want It
  • 3:24 pm Hispanic Heritage Month Update
  • 2:00 pm South Bay Economic Forecast Goes Virtual
  • 3:52 pm BREAKING NEWS: Classes for Spring to be Online, CSU Chancellor Announces
  • 9:39 am “Strikes” and Solidarity
  • 8:30 am March Into History: Just 5 in 1970, CSUDH Growth Shaped by Historic Event
  • 8:30 am Will the Bulletin Make Today Tomorrow?
  • 9:04 am Different Neighborhoods Warrant Rubber Bullets or Traffic Control For Protesters
  • 5:07 pm STAFF EDITORIAL: Even Socially Distant, We All Have to Work Together
  • 5:47 pm Transcript of CSUDH President Parham’s Coronavirus Announcement
  • 10:46 am Cal State Long Beach Suspends Face-to-Face Classes; CSUDH Discussing Contingency Plans
  • 5:26 pm Things Black People Should be Able to Get Away with This Month
  • 10:25 am Latinx Students Need a Place to Call Home
  • 2:35 pm Will Time Run Out Before Funds for PEGS? [UPDATED]
  • 8:41 am Year of the Rat? What’s That?
  • 6:20 am Artist Who Gave Life to Death and Inspired Countless Others Gets His Due at Dominguez Hills
  • 5:16 pm Why I’m Rooting for Dr. Cornel West
  • 5:00 pm Under Fire from the Feds, Vaping’s Future is Cloudy
  • 3:28 pm We’re Going to Need a Bigger Boat; Tsunami 3.0 Hits Campus, Enrollment Swells
  • 1:22 pm THE FIRST ISSUE OF THE BULLETIN IS HERE
  • 4:48 pm University Weathering a Wave of New Students
  • 9:21 pm The Bulletin’s Public Records Request Offers Springboard to Launch Gender Equity Discussion at CSUDH
  • 4:27 pm Black is the New Black: Raising the Capital on the “B” Word
  • 10:53 am Guns Up for Arrest: Student advocacy group pushes for CSU No Gun Zones–Including the Police
  • 4:09 pm Staff Editorial: Words on the First
  • 8:42 pm Carson Mayor Blasts Media, Landmark Libel Case in Keynote Address
  • 9:27 am Free Speech Week Calendar of Events Update
  • 6:02 am Food for Thought: 40% of Students are Food Insecure
  • 3:12 pm Academic Senate Rejects CSU GE Task Force & Report
  • 3:06 pm Work To Be Done
  • 5:56 pm ASI Elections: What You Need to Know
  • 8:02 pm CSUDH President Parham Announces Cancer Diagnosis
  • 9:47 am CSUDH Art Professor’s 20-Year Journey Results in First Local Showing of Film
  • 9:13 pm Free Speech or Free Hate area?
  • 9:08 pm CSUDH’s Best & Brightest Shine at Student Research Day
  • 9:05 pm Academic Senate Approves Gender Equity Task Force
  • 12:37 pm When Dr. Davis speaks, Toros Pay Close Attention
  • 3:38 pm Investing in the Future: Dr. Thomas A. Parham Reflects on the Past Eight Months and Contemplates​ the University’s Future
  • 3:24 pm Green Olive to Open By End of Feb; Starbucks Not Until Fall
  • 3:20 pm Gov. Newsom’s Proposed Budget Hailed for Extensive Funding Increases
  • 3:08 pm Out of the Classroom: Labor and Community Organizing Course Aims to Teach Students How to Organize for Social Justice
  • 2:54 pm The Other Route in Professional Sports
  • 9:02 am Hail to the New Chief, CSUDH President Thomas Parham
  • 3:36 pm Career Center Holds Major/Minor Fair
  • 5:34 pm After Unexpected Delay, Undocumented Becomes More Intimate Theatrical Production
  • 1:30 pm What to Expect When You’re Expecting New Buildings
  • 7:06 pm Part Two of the Bulletin’s Epic Five-Part Series on Diversity in Superhero Comic Books: Focus on LGBTQ Representation
  • 5:46 pm To Celebrate Pride Month Here’s Part 2 of the Bulletin’s Series on Diversity in Comic Books–No, Make That Friday
  • 9:00 am Letter From The Editors

From a southern city skyline to the Big City, spring has sprung and the weather warms across a country still facing a pandemic. Photo by Carina Noyola Beltran.

By Carina Noyola Beltran, Lifestyle Editor & Multimedia Coordinator

You can take the girl out of California, but you can’t take California out of the girl. Spring break 2021 is one like no other. I know what you’re thinking, drinks on a beach somewhere in paradise. Or maybe even quarantine in your living room? Nope. Try concrete jungle, city of dreams, the Big Apple, New York City, the blue state with a mask.

California is working its way towards normalcy more and more each day, with cases at an all-time low and California being on track to reopen on June 15, according to California’s Gov. Gavin Newsom’s tweet, the greater Los Angeles area seems to be as normal as it can get these days. 

Seeing the situation around me, my sister and I, who both graduated as class of 2020, my cousin, who is graduating this year, and my mom who is celebrating a birthday, decided after the milestones we’ve accomplished, it was time to treat ourselves. What better place to visit than the city of dreams, the only place that has ever made me feel like I was invincible: New York City. 

I want to preface this by saying, before quarantine, I was a college senior focusing on graduating and getting out of my mom’s house. Needless to say, I was quarantined at home, saving money and doing homework before I was forced to be at home saving money and doing homework. 

Fast forward to today, I was way past the patience of bearing another spring break at home. I’ve graduated, I’m fully vaccinated, and still living at home, but that’s a story for another time (give me a break, it’s a global pandemic). It was time to get out of the house.

Being that I lived in downtown Manhattan in the summer of 2019 just before the pandemic hit the United States, I went on this trip with little to no research on things to do and where to stay. Since I knew the island of Manhattan pretty well, I didn’t feel the need to be prepared – so much so, that it was a last minute trip entirely. I booked the flight and hotel a little over two weeks before the trip, checked the weather, packed a sweater and an absurd amount of masks and the rest was history. 

We stayed in the heart of downtown, which is famously known for Wall Street head honchos and busy works days. But, to my surprise, our 4 p.m. arrival to the city was somewhat short of anything I recognized from when I lived there. The streets were dead, no one was out, restaurants were closed and bars were nearly non-existent. The city I once knew was nowhere to be found. 

Our first stop, Sticky’s Chicken, a fried chicken joint, and of course, Joe’s Pizza, what some call, a New York Staple to the traditional slice. To our surprise, we tried to take a bite of our food, and were welcomed by a slightly bitter exclamation to not eat indoors by both places. We quickly realized that even though the shops were open for takeout, unlike LA, indoor eating was not permitted. 

As the week went on, it seemed like the regulations around us were slowly changing. By the end of the week, not only were we allowed to take a bite of our pizza’s indoors, but we were also allowed to eat outdoors in designated outdoor dining areas. The start of our trip was a weird transition from what we were used to back home in LA. It was difficult to imagine a city like NY that was naturally filled with so many people as empty as it was on my first few nights. As the week went on, and regulations loosened, mid-week sought us out with a sunny day in Central Park filled with the life I knew this city was capable of. A bike ride in the park, kids playing outside, people walking their dogs, and picnics in the park – the city came alive, and New York welcomed me once more.

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