By Joycelin Wong
On August 6, 1945, the “Little Boy” atomic bomb was dropped on Hiroshima, Japan. As western media scrambled to report the attack with gory statistics, Hiroshima by John Hersey took a different approach: the survivors’ stories. Hersey interweaves the narratives of six survivors before and after the attack on Hiroshima. The six include: a tailor’s widow, a German priest, a reverend, a surgeon, a doctor, and a tin factory clerk. Similar to Thornton Wilders’ The Bridge of San Luis Rey, Hersey switches between the perspectives of the survivors, giving the story life. Unlike traditional war stories, Hersey employs an unorthodox approach to reveal both the vice and virtue that lies within us. Hiroshima--a tale of agony, resilience and hope--teaches the good and bad of humanity, lessons that are still relevant today.
By Greta Flanagan
Hadestown is the hottest ticket on Broadway. The eight-time Tony Award Winning show finally took to the historic stage in New York in April of 2019 after nearly ten years of adaption. The Greek tragedy, written by Anais Mitchell, combines two myths, the story of Orpheus and Eurydice, two young lovers separated by death, and Hades and Persephone, two Gods enduring a difficult and failing marriage. Hadestown beautifully entwines these stories, crediting Eurydice’s death to a storm brought on by the tensions between Hades and Persephone in the underworld.
By David Cohen
You open Netflix on your phone, laptop, or tv, and scroll through a thousand shows that you’ve seen a hundred times over. Although you may believe you’ve seen every great show available, you may not have seen “Designated Survivor.” Created by David Guggenheim, “Designated Survivor” is an American political-thriller following fictional cabinet member Tom Kirkman, played by Kiefer Sutherland, who in one night goes from being Secretary of Housing and Development to the President of the United States
By Joycelin Wong
Whether you’re an aspiring doctor or you’re seeking to experience the thrill of the emergency room minus the blood, medical TV shows provide viewers with riveting stories that unfold behind the walls of a hospital. These TV dramas are becoming increasingly popular with many dominating fall ratings. If you’re looking for a binge worthy medical drama, here are the top five shows that will give you the rush of the E.R.
By Caleigh O'Toole
“Game of Thrones” is a fictional drama and fantasy series that aired on HBO for nine years, from 2011 to 2019. The show is based on George R.R. Martin’s best-selling book series, “A Song of Ice and Fire.” Martin worked as a co-executive producer and writer for the show for a period of time. Over nine years and eight seasons, we have seen many characters come and go. There have been too many beloved characters to name, but let’s take a look at some of the favorites who made it to season eight, the final season. These ten characters are listed in order of my most hated to my favorite because, well, “the things you do for love.”
By Sophie Grady
As the 2018-2019 school year comes to a conclusion, summer is right around the corner. One popular summer hotspot is Montauk, New York. Montauk is approximately two hours from Oyster Bay. This town is filled with plenty of beaches, restaurants, and shops to keep visitors busy. If you’re thinking of heading to Montauk this summer, here are the top five things to do during your stay.
1: Montauk Point Lighthouse
Montauk Point Lighthouse is a Montauk staple and the perfect place to visit on your vacation. A trip to the lighthouse is a great place to go when you want to take a break from the beach, and you’re even allowed to climb to the top. Montauk Point Lighthouse was constructed in 1796, and it’s the oldest lighthouse in New York. The fee to enter and ascend to the top is $8.00.
By Joan Olivero
Summer is just around the corner, ready to be filled with fun and enjoyment. There are many summer “hot spots” and activities spread throughout Long Island and New York City, so why not take advantage of them? Each of these experiences are unique and exciting. Here are the Top 5 places to check out this summer.
Cooper Beach, in South Hampton, has been ranked among the top 10 beaches in America. Facing right out to the Atlantic Ocean, Cooper Beach’s white sand and scenic backdrop attract many beach-goers. With a cost of $40 upon entrance, a day spent at this Hampton beach is one for the record books. The beach provides chair and umbrella rentals, spectacular meals (mainly seafood), and a gorgeous sunset as the day comes to an end.
By Joan Olivero
Every first Monday of May, a major fashion show promoted by the world’s leading designers takes place in New York City. It is held to raise money for the Costume Institution of the Metropolitan Museum of Art. This event is the Met Gala.
Everyone has heard of the famous Met Gala, but many do not know what it is. The Met Gala, formally known as the Costume Institute Gala, is a benefit for the Metropolitan Museum of Art. Originally started in 1948, the Met Gala has served as the opening of the Institute’s annual fashion exhibit, which lasts for approximately five months. Each year, the theme of that season’s collection is provided in advance to the attendees. Celebrities invited to the Gala team up with world renowned fashion designers to create a piece that matches the theme. Since it is always held within the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Met Gala has been deemed as “the jewel in New York City's social crown.”
By Stefanie Sadocha
Flying cars? Not yet. Robots everywhere? Not quite. A regressing climate? Yep. Movies from the past have poked at what society would be like in the future, which, for us, is the present. Films and television shows such as Blade Runner, Back to the Future and The Simpsons were able to make many predictions that turned out to be accurate, while other predictions do not depict today’s society at all.
The action packed film from 1982, starring Harrison Ford, takes place in a dystopian version of Los Angeles in 2019. Throughout the film, many characters are portrayed as “replicants” rather than real humans. It is up to the viewer to decide if Rick Deckard, the protagonist, is a replicant or a human. Obviously robots have not taken a role in our society just yet; however, they could be used frequently in years to come.
By Joan Olivero
Romantic films are arguably one of the best genres in the film community. The balance between the dramatic and romantic challenges makes these movies truly one of a kind. There are a myriad of quality romantic films out in the world, but here are the top 5 for the perfect movie night.
The Fault in Our Stars
From best-selling novel to award winning movie, The Fault in Our Stars is the perfect young adult romantic film. The heartbreaking, romantic love story is so full of emotion and tear-jerking moments, viewers must be prepared with a box of Kleenex. Hazel Grace Lancaster, a teenager living her life with metastatic thyroid cancer, meets Augustus Waters, a fellow