The endless list of idiosyncrasies, oddities, internationalisms, organizational foibles, and architectural quirks that make it a space of tremendous opportunity and creativity.
Worst thing about the New School?
An entire campus of buildings and vast expanses of empty floorspace with no desks or chairs to work at. The nomadic classroom-to-classroom lifestyle that results from trying to compensate for this by ducking into empty classrooms only to be ejected by an instructor with fledgling students in tow mere minutes later in each case.
Most characteristic thing about the New School?
The absolutist mix of entirely-right and entirely-wrong that forever seems to characterize everything here.