Posts Tagged ‘NYU in the East Village’

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!

A 1990 map of NYU in the East Village

February 23, 2012

Was it really true that New York University only had five academic buildings and residence halls in the entire East Village as recently as spring 1990?

That’s when this map dates to, taken from a course catalog. (Do they still publish course catalogs in the smartphone era?)

Twenty-two years ago, NYU was concentrated around Washington Square, as it still is. But in the years since, as anyone who lives in the neighborhood knows, they’ve built several monster dorms between 12th and 14th Streets.

And the East Village might be in for more development, making this map some kind of small-town vintage relic of a less NYU-oppressive time.