property of being a legendary graduate research institution without a single desk, chair, or table to its name. They did invest in a wireless networking infrastructure, which you use by standing with your laptop in one of the many foyers between entrances and elevators, with you back against the wall (to ensure that none of the people waiting for the elevator accidentally knock your laptop out of your arms in their rush to secure one of the rare spots on an elevator that comes around every 24 days).
I have, however, managed this afternoon to find a hidden cache of study space. There are four tables and about ten chairs in a random spot on the 8th floor of the 55 West 13th Street Jazz building, right across from the equipment maintenance and testing office.
Ironic that the best space for graduate work on this legendary campus is on the maintenance floor of the Jazz building. But that’s how it is. There are even windows and a view of the Empire State Building.
Lucky maintenance guys!