In the Rezone
ROUND 'EM UP
When Columbia announced its plans to create a new 17-acre campus in the Manhattanville neighborhood of West Harlem, those living just next door were understandably worried. The university has had a fractious relationship with Morningside Heights, from the controversial 1960s gymnasium that sparked riots to its imposing campus that is seen as off-limits to Read More
Block By Block
What’s that? You miss Four Loko? Don’t worry, there’s a whipped cream with booze in it, called “Whipped Lightning.” Flavors include amaretto and white chocolate “whipahol,” and it apparently contains 18% alcohol. Eddie Huang, are you out there?
Or, for the Read More
Amid Columbia University’s ongoing border skirmishes–the result of its planned 17-acre expansion northward–even the name of the embattled neighborhood is contested.
Some favor Mahattanville, a moniker harking back to the 19th-century Quaker village that sprang up, as contemporary guidebooks put it, a whole “eight miles from New York.” Others contend the area is simply an Read More
Columbia’s prez, Lee Bollinger, almost breaks a sweat when he talks about the school’s plans to move ahead with expansion plans, reports Crain’s. “A note of impatience frequently creeps into the voice” of the ever-polished Mr. Bollinger when he talks about Manhattanville, says the article.
Apparently the former law prof found himself Read More
For Nick Sprayregen, the owner of a set of West Harlem warehouses in the footprint of a 17-acre expansion planned by Columbia University, there was a brief glimmer of hope earlier this year. The landlord, to the surprise of most everyone watching, won a state appellate court case that challenged the state’s use of eminent Read More
Columbia University’s proposed 17-acre expansion is set for a test June 1, when the state’s top court is scheduled to hear arguments on the use of eminent domain, a power that was ruled unconstitutional by a state appellate court in December in a humiliating blow for the Ivy League school and the state. (The Read More
In the absence of students (college kids need extremely long breaks), events continue to occur at New York’s institutions of higher learning.
Columbia’s J-school, for example, announced that it has raised $15 million to start the Tow Center for Digital Journalism.
“With the establishment of the Tow Center, we Read More
State Senator Bill Perkins is apparently not happy about the state’s choice of consultants.
One consultant, specifically: AKRF, the New York–based firm that has established itself as the unchallenged king of environmental review in the city and state, dominating the field of government contracts.
The source of angst for Mr. Perkins Read More
Harlem state senator asks Paterson for moratorium on land takings, no appeal in Columbia case. Read More
If approved by administrators, a new gender-neutral housing policy proposed by the student council would allow opposite-sex roommates at Columbia.
The Post is all over this.
“Columbia University students will soon be able to live in sin — on their parents’ dime,” the paper writes. Boys and girls will be able to Read More