Columbia University

Searching For The Remains of Manhattan’s Bloomingdale Insane Asylum

I was up scouting the Columbia University campus last week… …and in the spirit of Halloween, I decided to swing by the building nestled just beside Low Library. If you take a moment to stare at it, you’ll realize this little brick building doesn’t really match the surrounding Beaux Arts architecture. In fact, the longer you look at it, the ... Read More »

The Most Famous Classroom In New York City

If you believe Hollywood, every single college lecture hall in New York City looks like the one below: Rows of individual wooden desks and tiered seating… …an enormous wood-framed green chalkboard with sliding panels for additional writing space… …a wood-paneled front desk for the lecturer… …and even one of those little doors that swings back and forth! In reality, however, ... Read More »

The Hidden Owl at Columbia University

One of the most beautiful and pleasant places in the city is the campus of Columbia University. It is simply incredible that such a place exists in the tightly packed metropolis that is Manhattan, and I never pass up a chance to visit. Located in the center of campus is the statue of Alma Mater (actually the goddess Minerva), by ... Read More »