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Our Neighborhood

What makes Teachers College different from other graduate schools? Its location in the heart of the major urban center in America and its close contact with the institutions of New York City give the College vibrancy. The wide-ranging expertise of the College's faculty offers students a plethora of philosophies from which each student can form a personal point of view. And, especially, the interplayamong theory and practice, the world of the mind, and the world of real work with real people, children, adolescents and adults, makes Teachers College the one-of-a-kind institution that it is.

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Teachers College is a vibrant and integrated part of the Morningside Heights section of New York City. The campus consists of 5 residence halls and 8 interconnected buildings. Take time to explore the campus and neighborhood and to admire the Gothic architecture dating back to the early 19th century. Whether you are a part-time or full-time student, we encourage you to become familiar with not only campus, but also the entire neighborhood.

Morningside Heights is situated about 60 blocks north of midtown, on Broadway, between 110th and 125th Street. This is also home to a number of other leading educational and cultural institutions, including Barnard College, Union Theological Seminary and the main campus of Columbia University. For this reason, many turn-of-the-century newspaper reports hailed Morningside Heights as "America's Acropolis." The Heights is a dynamic, exciting neighborhood. Once characterized by bodegas and mom-and-pop stores of all varieties, the Heights (to the consternation of some and the joy of others) has taken on a new character. Designer clothing stores, gourmet food shops, and moderate to expensive restaurants featuring an international range of cuisines are replacing the old time shops and stores.

Harlem embraces the area north of Morningside Heights up to 151st and west of Fifth Avenue. Harlem is home to entertainment centers like the famous Apollo Theater and historical sites such as Grant's Tomb. Visit the St. Nicholas Historical District and New York's oldest black church, Abyssinian Baptist. This community is the center of African-American history and culture, stretching from West 125th on the west side to 100th Street on the east side and extending north to the Bronx. It is one of New York's most important neighborhoods, featuring a wide array of historic churches, theaters, clubs, and homes. It has served as the home to a number of African-American activists like W. E. B. Du Bois, Walter White, Roy Wilkins, and the Rev. Adam Clayton Powell Sr.; writers like Langston Hughes, Ralph Ellison, and Zora Neale Hurston; musicians like Paul Robeson and Cab Calloway; and professionals like Thurgood Marshall, the first African-American to become a United States Supreme Court justice.