Posts Tagged ‘colleges in New York City’

When NYU was (mostly) in the Bronx

March 3, 2010

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.

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.


 “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.


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.