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This multicultural, urban environment impacts almost everything TC does and will provide unique educational and social opportunities found nowhere else. Teacher education students do practicums in New York City Public Schools while Social and Organizational Psychology students work as interns in businesses from Wall Street to Midtown. Arts education students are interns at museums, galleries, and arts organizations. We encourage you to explore all that the campus, the neighborhood, and the city has to offer.

Nearby Landmarks and Institutions

Barnard College, an undergraduate women’s college, was founded in 1889 and has been affiliated with Columbia University since 1898. Barnard’s library is open to TC students. The campus is located across Broadway, parallel to the main campus of Columbia. 

Union Theological Seminary was founded in 1836 by the “New Light” Presbyterians. The Seminary broke its ties with the Presbyterian Church in 1892 and has remained independent since. Union’s Burke Library (to which TC students have full access) is one of the world’s finest theological libraries with over 600,000 holdings. Its campus is located on Broadway across from Horace Mann and occupies two blocks between West 120th St. and West 122nd St.

Jewish Theological Seminary was founded in 1887 and is a focus of the Conservative Jewish movement in the United States, a center for Jewish scholarship, and a training institute for rabbis and cantors. The library, like that at Union, is world famous for the size and completeness of its collection. The campus of Jewish Theological Seminary is located one block north of TC, on West 122nd St., between Broadway and Amsterdam Ave. Venture to its cafeteria for a delicious kosher meal.

Manhattan School of Music (MSM) was founded in 1917 and moved to its current location (previously occupied by Julliard School of Music) in 1969. MSM has long had a reputation as being one of the finest music conservatories in the nation. The members of the American String Quartet are permanent artists-in-residence; other world- renowned artists offer master classes. MSM regularly schedules concerts and operatic productions of outstanding quality. These performances — many of them free — contribute greatly to life in the Heights.

Bank Street College of Education is located on West 112th St., off Broadway. For more than eighty years, Bank Street College of Education has been one of the leaders in child-centered education. Bank Street’s mission is to discover the environments in which children grow and learn to their full potential, and to educate teachers and others to create these environments. Composed of a Graduate School of Education, a model School for Children, an onsite Family Center, a Division of Continuing Education, and a Publica- tions and Media Group, Bank Street influences thousands of children, youths, parents, and educators through- out the United States and abroad.

The Cathedral of St. John the Divine at West 112th St. and Amsterdam Ave., is the seat of the Episcopal Diocese of Manhattan. St. John’s is the largest Neo-Gothic cathedral in the world. The Cathedral is the site for many outstanding concerts, performances, and art exhibits. There is a small gift shop/ bookstore that is worth investigating.

The Interchurch Center is located at West 120th St. between Claremont and Riverside Dr. Constructed in 1958, the American headquarters of many Protestant denominations as well as the National Council of Churches are located here. A small art gallery is located off the main entrance. An ATM is located on the main floor of the Claremont entrance. Visit the cafeteria for delicious meal options that are both inexpensive and abundant in variety.

Riverside Church is located at West 120th St. and Riverside Dr. It was erected with the financial support of the Rockefellers. A trip to the top of Riverside’s tower is only $1.00 and offers one of the best views of the city.

Grant’s Tomb is just across the street from Riverside Church. President Ulysses S. Grant and his wife are entombed there above ground. There is also a small museum dealing with his life and career. On his birthday, April 27, cadets from West Point provide a small ceremony complete with rifle volleys.

Dining Guide

Sampling of Local Restaurants
$ = inexpensive ($10 meal and under)
$$ = moderate ($15-$30 meal)
$$$ = expensive (over $30)

Amsterdam Restaurant and Tapas Lounge ($$)
1207 Amsterdam (near West 120th St.)
(212) 662-6330

Bistro Ten 18 ($$$)
1018 Amsterdam (at West 110th St.)
(212) 662-7600

Camille’s ($$)
1135 Amsterdam (near West 116th St.)
(212) 749-2428

CafeĢ Swish ($)
2953-55 Broadway (at West 116th St.)
(212) 222-3568

Campo ($$)
2888 Broadway (near West 113th St.)
(212) 864-1143

Che Bella Pizza ($)
1215 Amsterdam (at West 120th St.)
(212) 864-7300

Chipotle ($)
2843 Broadway (at 110th St.)
(212) 222-1712

Haakon’s Hall ($$)
1187 Amsterdam (near 118th St.)
(212) 300-4166

Havana Central at the West End ($$)
2911 Broadway (near West 114th St.)
(212) 662-8830

The Heights ($$)
2967 Broadway (near West 111th St.)
(212) 866-7035

Kitchenette Uptown ($$)
1272 Amsterdam (near West 123rd St.)
(212) 531-7600

Le Monde ($$)
2885 Broadway (near West 112th St.)
(212) 531-3939

Max Soha ($$)
1274 Amsterdam (at West 123rd St.)
(212) 531-2221

The Mill Korean Restaurant ($)
2895 Broadway (near West 113th St.)
(212) 666-7653

Nussbaum & Wu ($$)
2897 Broadway (at West 113th St.)
(212) 280-5344

Ollies ($)
2957 Broadway (at West 116th St.)
(212) 932-3300

Panino Spotivo Roma ($)
1231 Amsterdam (near West 121st St.)
(212) 662-2066

Saga Japanese and Vietnamese Restaurant ($)
1268 Amsterdam (at West 121st St.)
(212) 666-2998

Sezz Medi’ ($$)
1260 Amsterdam (at West 121st St.)
(212) 932-2901

Sub Conscious ($)
1213 Amsterdam (at 120th St.)
(212) 864-2720

Terrace in the Sky ($$$)
(at Butler Hall) 400 West 119th St. (between Morningside Dr. and Amsterdam)
(212) 666-9490

Tom’s Restaurant ($)
2880 Broadway (at West 112th St.)
(212) 864-6137

V & T ($$)
1024 Amsterdam (near West 110th St.)
(212) 663-1708

Specialty Foods
Dunkin Donuts ($)
105 W 125th St. (at Amsterdam)
(212) 665-2090

Haagen Dazs ($)
2905 Broadway (near 113th St.)
(212) 662-5265

Pinkberry ($)
2873 Broadway
(212) 222-0191

Starbucks ($)
2929 Broadway (near 115th St.)
(212) 932-0300

Food Markets

Apple Tree Supermarket
1225 Amsterdam (at West 120th St.)
(212) 865-8840

2135 Broadway (at West 75th St.) 461 125th Street
(212) 874-0383

560 West 125th St. (between Amsterdam and Broadway)
(212) 662-2388

D’Agostino Supermarket
2828 Broadway (at West 110th St.)
(212) 663-9895

Fairway Supermarket
2127 Broadway (at 74th St.)
(212) 595-1888

West 132nd St. (between 12th Ave. and Hudson)
(212) 234-3883

Hamilton Food Store (specializes in health food)
1129 Amsterdam (near West 116th St.)
(212) 749-8924

M2M Mart Corp
2935 Broadway (between West 114th and West 115th St.)
(212) 280-4600

Met Foods
1316 Amsterdam (between West 123rd and La Salle St.)
(212) 662-1644

Milano Market
2892 Broadway (at West 113th St.)
(212) 665-9500

Morton Williams
2491 Broadway (at 115th St.)
(212) 666-4190

Westside Market NYC
2840 Broadway (at 110th St.)
(212) 222-3367

2245 Broadway (at West 80th St.)
(212) 787-2000

Intercampus Shuttle Service

The Intercampus Shuttle provides service to and from the Studebaker building and the Morningside Campus. Employees and students of TC may travel, free of charge, between the Morningside Campus and the Health Sciences Campus by presenting their TC ID. Travel time is an estimated 15 minutes. The shuttle runs on the same schedule year round, except for holidays. During the summer, there is no service after 8 p.m.

The evening shuttle bus service within Morningside Heights is free for members of the Columbia community who present a valid Columbia University or Harlem Hospital identification card. The service covers a route consisting of thirteen designated stops between 108th St. and 125th St. A 15-passenger van driven by a security officer will depart every half-hour from 7 p.m. to 11 p.m. (on call until 2 a.m., call 212-854-SAFE) from the northeast corner of 116th St. and Amsterdam Ave. All suggestions, comments, and complaints should be directed to Crime Prevention at (212) 854-8513, 101 Low Library.

Shuttle Stops: The shuttle picks up and drops off passengers at the following locations: in front of the Milstein Pavilion at the Health Sciences Campus (HS); on Lenox Ave. and West 136th St. at the Harlem Hospital Center (HH); and at the main gates at Broadway and West 116th St. on the Morningside Campus. For more information, visit the Intercampus Shuttle website

Public Transportation

The subway line closest to Teachers College is the IRT Broadway-Seventh Ave. local (#1 train). This train makes stops along Broadway between West 242nd Street in the Bronx and South Ferry in Manhattan. Take the #1 train to the 116th St. – Columbia University train station.

Buses are popular with many New Yorkers, who prefer them to the subways. Buses stop more frequently than subways but are much slower.

The M4 goes uptown to the Health Sciences campus and the Cloisters, and downtown by way of Fifth Ave. to several museums such as the Museum of the City of New York, the Guggenheim Museum, the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Children’s Zoo in Central Park, Fifth Avenue shops, Rockefeller Center, St. Patrick’s Cathedral, the New York Public Library, and the Empire State Building. The terminal stop is Pennsylvania Station. The bus returns uptown via Madison Ave.

The M5 route is down Broadway from West 179th St., then along Riverside Dr. at 135th St. to 72nd St., then via Broadway and 59th St. to Fifth Ave., then south to Houston St. The M5 re- turns north along 6th Ave. (Avenue of the Americas), turning west on 59th St.

M60 bus from Manhattan and Astoria: With the M60 bus, you can travel to all terminals at LaGuardia from the West Side, the East Side or Astoria (Queens). The M60 runs between 106 St and Broadway in Manhattan and LaGuardia Airport from approximately 5 am to 1 am, seven days a week. The M60 serves all airport terminals. Connections can be made with all north-south Manhattan subway lines or with the N and W trains at the Astoria Blvd station.

The M104 Broadway bus goes downtown to 42nd St. and then east to the United Nations buildings.

The M11 Amsterdam Ave. bus serves the west side of Manhattan, going downtown via Amsterdam Ave. to 110th St., then down Columbus Ave., it returns north via Amsterdam Ave.

Did You Know?

There are more than 5,000 students enrolled at Teachers College.

Columbia University Alma MaterIn 1898, Teachers College became affiliated with Columbia University as a professional school for the training of teachers while retaining its legal and financial independence. Later that year, Teachers College and Columbia University adopted an affiliation agreement.

Mary Adelaide Nutting TC was home to the first university-based instructional program for nursing educators and administrators, created by Mary Adelaide Nutting.

James Earl RussellThe field of comparative international education originated at TC, where James Earl Russell taught the world’s first course in foreign school system.

John DeweyIn 1904, John Dewey, influential proponent of the progressive education movement, joined the faculty.

There are nearly 5,400 students enrolled at Teachers College.

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