On my last Sunday in NY, I took the metro to the Upper West side to explore the grounds of Columbia University
Columbia University was founded in 1754 as King’s College by royal charter of King George II of England. It is the oldest institution of higher learning in the state of New York and the fifth oldest in the United States.
Today, Columbia is one of the top academic and research institutions in the world, conducting pathbreaking research in medicine, science, the arts, and the humanities. It includes three undergraduate schools, thirteen graduate and professional schools, and a school of continuing education.
Settled in Harlem but like a village of its own,
I wandered around through what feels like a distinct suburb more than a campus,
then I stopped at a cosy café id heard of named Max Caffé that’s on the top end of Amsterdam Avenue. A fantastic place, it’s filled with a myriad of old. Odd, comfy chairs and has a great vibe to it. Perfect for a light lunch and a coffee!
I then made my way to the nearby Riverside Church. It is an interdenominational (American Baptist and United Church of Christ), interracial, international congregation in New York City, famous not only for its elaborate Gothic architecture—which includes the world’s largest tuned carillon bell—but also as a center for the promotion of progressive causes.
The tallest church in the United States and the 26th tallest in the world, it was described by The New York Times in 2008 as “a stronghold of activism and political debate throughout its 75-year history … influential on the nation’s religious and political landscapes.”
Past speakers at the pulpit have included Martin Luther King, Jr. voicing opposition to the Vietnam War, Nelson Mandela on his first visit to the United States after being released from prison, Fidel Castro during one of his rare visits to the U.S. in 1999 , and Secretary-General of the United Nations Kofi Annan after the September 11, 2001 attacks.
In 1922, the congregation of the Park Avenue Baptist Church, with the major financial support of John D. Rockefeller, Jr., a member of the church, and its modernist Baptist pastor Harry Emerson Fosdick, decided to create a large, cathedral-like church dedicated to revolutionary and progressive social values.
Modeled after Chartres Cathedral in France, the multi storied sky-rise of a church, was additionally conceived as a complex social services center from the outset, with meeting rooms and classrooms, a daycare center, a kindergarten, library, auditorium and gym.
Whilst exploring other parts of area and wandering back into the university, I stumbled across the set for a TV production. They were filming for show that id seen a bit of previously, that many of my friends at home are infatuated with – Gossip Girl.
You’ll have to wait to find which amazing events i went to! Enjoy the suspense!