NYC – City College Revisited

Upper West Side

Most visitors to NYC do not think about the upper parts of Manhattan. There are some very interesting and unique places to visit from west 116th street up to west 174th street. Many of these locations are destination places and are on subway or bus routes. They are safe if you stay within the general area of each location.  Unless going to a specific event, visits should be limited to daylight hours

City College of New York City – revisited

CCNY was the first free public institution of higher education in the United States and also for many years has been considered the flagship campus of the CUNY public university system.

The City College of New York was originally located at 23rd Street and Lexington Avenue in Manhattan. In 1907 the College moved to its present location on St. Nicholas Heights in Northern Manhattan. The campus occupies 35 acres along Convent Avenue from 131st Street to 141st Street.

When I first saw these buildings I thought that I was in England. They  were so  very different than anything I had seen in NYC – suddenly you feel like you’ve been transported far, far from Manhattan.

The buildings are superb examples of English Perpendicular Gothic style and are among the first buildings, as an entire campus, to be citycollegegargoylebuilt-in the U.S. in this style.The buildings are adorned with hundreds of gargoyles

Click on this  blog  – more can be seen here.  – will give you a better look at the gargoyles at City College. Throughout NYC they seem to crouch in the corners and lurk under windows. Unlike here at CC, they are so clever at hiding most folks won’t see them at all.

The North Campus Quadrangle also includes four great arches on the main avenues leading to the campus: the Hudson Gate on Amsterdam Avenue, the George Washington Gate at 138th Street and Convent Avenue, the Alexander Hamilton Gate at the northern edge of Convent Avenue and the Peter Stuyvesant Gate at St. Nicholas Terrace.

The campus is located high on a hill overlooking the east of New York City. Its mascot is the Beaver

Other area places of interest are:

  • Columbia College
  • Highbridge park
  • Riverside Park
  • Sylvan Court
  • Morris- Jamal Mansion
  •  Hispanic society Museum
  • St John’s cathedral
  • Riverside Church
  • Grant’s Tomb

3 comments on “NYC – City College Revisited

  1. Interesting! Beautiful shots, Thom! I love your walking tours. The sky is so blue. (Years ago, for a few months, I lived up on 200th Street.) Here’s a silly question for you, where exactly is Tom’s Restaurant located? Enjoy the week! T.


  2. Theadoa
    I wonder how much the area has changed? Better weather I will take a walk on 200th Street and find out. Tom’s is on the corner of Broadway and 112th Street. Somewhere in my mish-mash catalog system I have pictures but can’t find. It looks the same as I remember it from S,


  3. Thanks, Thom! Yes, years ago, I stopped by the Tom’s Restaurant. Great-looking joint. Ah, I miss New York. I also lived in Staten Island, near the ferry. I wonder if the area has changed. Have photographed St. George? T.


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