Gone for Half a Century, Our Former Campus Is Never Forgotten
By Dulcy Israel
When, in the early 1890s, NYU wanted to expand, the chosen location was a bucolic 45-acre plot overlooking the Harlem River. Famous (later, infamous) architect Stanford White designed neoclassical buildings around a quadrangle. Engineering, arts, and science majors lived and learned on the idyllic grounds for decades, but in 1973 the university made the painful decision to sell the property to CUNY to avoid financial ruin. Catriona Schlosser (GSAS ’12) created the online exhibit The College on a Hill—A History of New York University’s Bronx Campus Told Through Its Architecture as part of the coursework for a master’s degree in public history and archives (nyuuniversityheights.com). During NYU Alumni and Families Weekend 2023, the event “Remembering the Heights: 50 Years Later” will commemorate the anniversary of the sale of the campus.
Photos courtesy of NYU Archives