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5 College Sophomore

Local Area: Living in New York City you can never get bored there is always something to do.

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5 College Sophomore

Local Area: Sure the Columbia area is dull in comparison to the East Village but I can't imagine living anywhere else. Aside from your expected college ambience, you have a safe neighborhood right next to Riverside Park, easy access to the 1, A, B, C, and D trains, great places for brunch, and many a store to go shopping until your credit cards are maxed out and your poor excuse for a closet only stays closed because you've propped your chair in front of it. It's easy to get most places, and with the high public safety and nypd presence, you can come home at 3 am and feel a sense of relief - something you won't feel in a lot of places in a city packed this tightly with this many strangers inhabiting it.

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5 College Sophomore

Local Area: It's New York. You can literally find anything you're interested in within an hour's commute. I went to a Doctor Who themed bar the other night--only in NYC.

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5 College Freshman

Local Area: It's New York City! It can't get any better.

5 College Freshman

Local Area: I truly enjoy living in the City. I would enjoy college -- far away from my friends and a lot of my family -- a great deal less without the City.

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According to Barnard students, there's something for everyone in this city, but, in a city as big as NYC, you might have to search a little bit. New York City and the neighborhood of Morningside Heights really provide the best of both worlds for Barnard students. While there is world-class entertainment, dining, and cultural events going on all the time all over the city, there is also a very small neighborhood, college-town feel to Morningside Heights. In the area surrounding Barnard, you can wander into shops or cafés and expect to see someone you know, which really fosters a sense of community that a person might be surprised to find in New York City.

There is something for everyone around the Barnard campus. Due to the close proximity of all these different groups of people, there is an energy that comes from the city that a person might not find in many other places while still being able to enjoy the familiarity of a small neighborhood. Of course, there are many other colleges around, such as Columbia College, the School of Engineering and Applied Sciences, Manhattan School of Music, and the Jewish Theological Seminary. Morningside Heights is pretty much a neighborhood of just college students and professors that live nearby. Because there is nothing you can't find in the city, from Broadway to basketball to simple peace and quiet, Barnard is really located in a great city, and as New York asserts, it is "the greatest city in the world."

Facts & Statistics

Fun Local Trivia
  1. Central Park, the biggest park in the city, is 843 acres.
  2. Broadway began as an Algonquin trade route called the Wiechquaekeck Trail.
  3. John Hertz, who founded the Yellow Cab Company in 1907, chose yellow because he had read a study conducted by the University of Chicago that indicated it was the easiest color to spot.
  4. Babe Ruth hit the first home run in Yankee Stadium in the first game ever played there.
  5. The world's largest gothic cathedral is the Cathedral Church of St. John the Divine in New York City. Its first stone was laid in 1892.
Notable Natives
  • Claire Danes – actress
  • Washington Irving – author
  • John Jay – jurist
  • Vince Lombardi – football coach
  • Christopher Reeve – actor
  • Norman Rockwell – painter
  • Barbra Streisand – singer-actress
Local Slang
  • The City: How people refer to Manhattan
  • Downtown: Any place south of your current location in Manhattan or referring to places south of Midtown
  • Uptown: Any place north of your current location in Manhattan or places north of Midtown
Points of Interest
  • Cathedral of St. John the Divine
  • The Empire State Building
  • Grand Central Station
  • Grant’s Tomb
  • Metropolitan Museum of Art
  • Modern Art Museum
  • Museum of Natural History
Shopping Centers
The Shops at Columbus Circle
Movie Theaters
Loews Cineplex 84th Street Theatre
2310 Broadway
Upper West Side
(800) 326-3264
Movie Theaters
Loews Cineplex Lincoln Square
1998 Broadway
Upper West Side
(212) 336-5020
Major Sports Teams
  • New York Jets: NFL
  • New York Mets: MLB
  • New York Rangers: NHL
  • New York Yankees: MLB
Distances to Nearest Major Cities
  • Boston: MA: 3 hours, 30 minutes
  • Philadelphia: PA: 2 hours

Student Polls

Rate the local atmosphere on the following topics    Based on 24 responses

Very poor
  • Cost of living
  • Dining
  • Friendliness of locals toward students
  • Museums/cultural attractions
  • Nightlife
  • Parking
  • Parks and recreation
  • Professional sports
  • Safety
  • Scenery
  • Shopping
  • Transportation

What is the local atmosphere like at your school?    Based on 25 responses

  • 96% City living at its finest. There's always something fun and interesting going on.
  • 0% Vibrant college town. There's no big city, but there are plenty of things to do off campus.
  • 0% Small town with plenty of charm.
  • 4% In or near a big city, but there's not much to do off campus.
  • 0% Painfully remote.

What is the proximity to other universities? Is there much interaction?    Based on 25 responses

  • 84% There are nearby schools that students often interact with.
  • 16% There are nearby schools, but students do NOT interact much.
  • 0% There aren't any nearby schools.

Can you see yourself living here after graduation?    Based on 24 responses

  • 62% Totally.
  • 29% Maybe, if I could find a good job.
  • 8% No way.


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