Posts Tagged ‘City College of New York’

The book-reading grotesque of City College

July 16, 2010

This bookish figure, one of many intricately carved grotesques, makes his home on the lovely Gothic City College campus on 137th Street.

I wonder what he’s reading.

City College’s impressive old stadium

January 13, 2010

This 1920s postcard makes the City College campus in Harlem appear almost pastoral. Where are all the buildings?

Lewisohn Stadium had those magnificent Doric columns, a nice touch. Built in 1915 between Amsterdam and Convent Avenue and 136th and 138th Streets, it served as home field for CUNY’s sport teams and was also a concert venue featuring performers from George Gershwin to Pete Seeger.

It was demolished in 1973. There’s a big academic center on the site now, but the old campus buildings are still gorgeous and worth a subway ride to see them.

The “experiment” that is City College

March 7, 2009

When City College opened in 1847—back then it was called the Free Academy, just one brick building on Lexington Avenue and 23rd Street—the concept of higher education open to all was completely new.

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 “The experiment is to be tried whether the highest education can be given to the masses; whether the children of the people, the children of the whole people, can be educated; and whether an institute of learning of the highest grade can be successfully controlled by the popular will, not by the privileged few but by the privileged many,” said Horace Webster, the schools first president.

Some things have changed in the ensuring century and a half: What started as one college is now a sprawling system of more than 20 different campuses and institutes of higher learning. Tuition has been charged since 1976. And in 1951, women were admitted to the flagship campus (below), which relocated to Harlem in 1906.

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The flagship campus is a Gothic, serene place situated on a hill overlooking the city. It’s on Convent Avenue and 138th Street and is definitely worth checking out.