In 2009, Columbia University promised $150 million in grants and services to the neighborhood through the West Harlem Community Benefits Agreement. The Eye examines this document’s purpose, promises, and impact on the local community....
It struck me immediately as I started reporting on Arise, a summer program for youths in West Harlem, what a small world I had stumbled into.
It’s 8:02 a.m. on a Wednesday morning as Natasha Sim, a master’s student, walks into the Language Resource Center heading to her first class of the day—Advanced Indonesian. I follow her to a room full of round orange chairs and bright white walls with two giant screens at the front of the classroom. Sim turns on the screens, and we can see her fellow classmates and professor in a room almost 200 miles away; it is similar to ours, except for the fact that the wall in the background displays “Cornell” with the university's logo written in carnelian red. Twice a week, via videoconferencing, this is how Sim learns Indonesian....
Updated Thursday, Dec. 6 at 4:36 p.m.
John Beatty needed some land. Or at least, that’s what his grandmother preached to him from infancy. “Get some land, boy, buy you some land. If you don’t own some land, you’re nobody.” Beatty came to New York as a 19 year-old in 1957, a bricklayer by trade—like his father—and did indeed get himself some land. He opened a bar called The Hamilton Lounge on 141st Street and Amsterdam Avenue in 1967, but having bounced around the electric nightlife downtown, he was dissatisfied with the atmosphere of his own joint. “I could have stayed in South Carolina and opened a bar,” he says. “I didn’t want that––I wanted to be like everybody else, I want to be renowned.”...
Robert Kraft, billionaire owner of the Patriots, didn’t play football in high school.
The building at 3595 Broadway stands out from the neighborhood skyline. It was commissioned by Columbia—built to house over 100 neighborhood residents whose homes would be bulldozed by the University’s Manhattanville expansion....
The neuroscience and behavior program at Barnard is no stranger to criticism. In the spring of 2017, graduating seniors from the program collaborated on a student-initiated survey about the major. The survey was thorough, asking graduating majors about their satisfaction with classes, faculty, advising, research, and community. About half of the seniors, over thirty students, responded. The quantitative responses to questions were ranked on a scale, one to five, where one and five alternated as the strongest response. The results of the survey were then analyzed and presented to the program’s director, Peter Balsam, a professor of psychology....
One evening in East Campus in the late 1980s, a group of students begin to dance. Illuminated by the sprawling lights of East Harlem and warmed by a home-cooked dinner, a young professor Marcellus Blount watches from the sofa. “Dance, professor Blount, dance!” one student insists. Blount, characteristically modest, replies: “No, no, no, I don’t think I’ll do that.” But now everyone is insisting. Then, “out of nowhere, all of a sudden,” one student remembers, he stands and begins to move....