When NYU was (mostly) in the Bronx

New York University isn’t exactly popular among East and West Villagers—mainly due to its obnoxiously large dorms and obnoxiously loud students.

In fact, most residents probably wouldn’t mind if the school relocated to an outer borough.

That’s exactly what NYU did in 1894, when overcrowding at its Washington Square digs compelled the school to find a spacious campus.

Its new home was just over the Harlem River in the Bronx. The neighborhood, renamed University Heights, housed most academic programs and operations—including the Hall of Fame for Great Americans, pictured below—for decades.

So what brought the school back downtown? Financial problems. In 1973, NYU sold its Bronx campus to CUNY, which established Bronx Community College there.

And NYU embarked on a plan to establish itself as a world-class institution in the Village once again.

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7 Responses to “When NYU was (mostly) in the Bronx”

  1. NYU has annoyed neighbors for a long time, apparently « NYC Says:

    […] almost too good to be true…It’s from a New York Times article from January 1914, back when NYU was (mostly) in the Bronx. You can read a PDF of the article […]

  2. Going Greek with the NYU class of 1932 « Ephemeral New York Says:

    […] have no idea if there’s a big Greek presence among New York University‘s gazillion students these days. But frats and sororities sure seem to have been popular 79 […]

  3. Spotlight: Woodycrest Avenue Detached Victorians « Says:

    […] detailing was not very elaborate on most of these structures.  They are located just off of the old N.Y.U. campus in University […]

  4. A look at New York University’s class of 1932 « Ephemeral New York Says:

    […] commencement address, delivered at the Bronx campus (NYU’s main campus at the time) also strikes a familiar note. School chancellor Ellsworth Brown, cautioned students about […]

  5. What did NYU frat boys in 1897 look like? | Ephemeral New York Says:

    […] the guys from Psi Upsilon fraternity, posing in their frat house at the college’s University Heights campus in the Bronx in 1897. It comes from a fascinating historical timeline on New York […]

  6. Jess Martinez Says:

    Imagine if NYU had stayed in The Bronx. The borough would be completely different, economically and racially.

  7. Life in a New York University dorm in 1897 | Ephemeral New York Says:

    […] 1897 photo shows the inside of a dorm room at the old University Heights campus in the Bronx, personalized with a horseshoe . . . and boxing gloves? One student is trying to study, the other […]

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