“189. The sand on the stairs of the bridge during winter.”
“122. Sneakily using the elevators after school.”
“211. Being distressed because the library is closed due to AP tests and you can’t print out your damn homework.”
To the average Stuy kid, these are all familiar sights and experiences, compressed into one concise half-sentence. Scrolling through the pages of “Little Stuy Things,” a tumblr run by an anonymous sophomore, more small, recognizable wonders, humors, and annoyances can be found.
The tumblr was started in April of this year. The first post referred to the constant breaking of Stuyvesant’s escalators. Over 200 posts, 150 comments, and hundreds of page likes later, the tumblr has joined the ranks of stuybash.org as a go-to source for user-submitted observations on Stuy “as long as [they're] accurate. Or not even accurate. Just somewhat related to Stuy,” according to the Frequently Asked Questions section of the site.
The site, while receiving mixed reactions, is a common destination for Stuyvesant web surfers. “I read it, because at the beginning, it was just really funny and seemed cool. But things got a little bit ridiculous and now, I read it since it’s just there,” freshman Carolyn Fisher said.
“I can relate to a lot of it,” junior Vasia Patov said. “I’m sure that every single note can relate to somebody. You can’t know all the teachers, after all.”
With great popularity comes great drama, and, as can be expected, many of the comments are mean-spirited or demand to know the identity of the tumblr’s manager. However, the still-anonymous maker engages in as little of the drama as possible. The typical response to a mean post is a .GIF or image with a sarcastic comment usually meant to express exactly how little the maker cares. In one such post, a commenter sent a link to an imitation of the posting style of the site, saying “when sophomores think they know everything about stuy.”
The maker responded with an image of an empty box, with text reading “Oh look at that … I’m all out of [expletive] to give.”
To preempt further drama, the tumblr is accompanied by a disclaimer insisting that the blog is just for fun and is not meant to be taken literally or cause offense. The disclaimer specifically tells certain news entities known for publishing negative stories about students at Stuyvesant to “calm your [expletive].”
“The scariest thing is, we are the future,” the description says. But in a school so heavily focused on the future, it’s good to focus on the little things that make the present special every once in a while, or at the very least, weird.