Posts Tagged ‘New York University history’

What did NYU frat boys look like in the 1890s?

February 28, 2013

Meet the bros from Psi Upsilon fraternity, posing in their house at the college’s University Heights campus in the Bronx in 1897.

The photo comes from a fascinating historical timeline on New York University’s website.


A bong (or a hookah pipe?), goofy hats, experiments in facial hair—they don’t look that different from the NYU students flocking to downtown pubs and dive bars today!

Going Greek with the NYU class of 1932

June 2, 2011

I have no idea if there’s a big Greek presence among New York University‘s gazillion students these days. But fraternities and sororities sure seem to have been popular 79 years ago.

The 1932 NYU yearbook, “The Album,” features six frats and 12 sororities, including this one. They look like a studious but smart-alecky crew.

The young women of Pi Alpha Tau come off as more serious, I think. You have to love those early-1930s permanent waves.

Lets say these seniors were 22 years old in 1932. They would be approaching their 101st birthdays this year.