Maison Francaise at Columbia University

The Maison Française was established by Columbia president Nicholas Murray Butler in 1913 as a “center for the study of French civilization and French literature” — the first French cultural institute on an American campus. That inaugural year, Butler, a man of grand gesture and grander influence, brought the French philosopher Henri Bergson to Morningside Heights as a visiting professor. More recently, the Maison has hosted Shoah filmmaker Claude Lanzmann, writer and professor emerita Maryse Condé, economist Thomas Piketty, and philosopher Jacques Rancière. Now, in 2013, the Maison Française is toasting its centenary with events throughout the year, starting with an exhibit in Buell Hall, on view through October 30. Curated by Maison Française director Shanny Peer, and jointly organized by the Maison Française and the Rare Book and Manuscript Division of Columbia Libraries, the exhibit includes documents, program materials, audio recordings, and photographs of distinguished thinkers, artists, and vedettes de cinéma. Buell Hall, [...]

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Tightroper Philippe Petit

Living legend Philippe Petit, famous for his dangerously high tightrope walking, particularly between the Twin Tower in 1974, celebrated his book Why Know? How to Tie More Than 60 Ingenious, Useful, Beautiful, Lifesaving and Secure Knots! with a party at the Cathedral Church of St. John the Divine in Morningside Heights. A lesser known fact is that Petit has held the title of artist in residence at the Church since 1980, when he took a trip across the 601-foot-long nave. Petit’s newest book explains the knots he uses while up in the air, with detailed descriptions of how to tie and untie them. And rightly so - Petit won’t even take the first step on a wire unless he has checked the knots two or three times.

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French Architecture and Architects

The French architecture and architects in the neighborhood have included: Ernest Flagg, an American architect in the Beaux-Arts style, who designed St. Luke’s after having recently returned from study at the Ecole des Beaux-Arts in Paris. He won the contest over three other architects because he was related by marriage to Cornelius Vanderbilt II, chair of the hospital’s executive committee Flagg’s design was symmetrical and beautiful like buildings of the French Renaissance. Some architects had drawings in the cathedral style argued that it was too unlike the cathedral. 507 W 111 Street was inspired by George Pelham’s Blennerhasse, with two story limestone base, entry portico, red brick upper facade highlighted with French-inspired Beaux-Arts white terra-cotta features. Many Morningside Heights buildings combine Beaux-Arts ornamentation with American colonial brickwork. The neighborhood's apartment buildings are designed in Italian Renaissance, French Renaissance, French Beaux-Arts, and Gothic, and American colonial styles. McGiffert Hall (122nd & Claremont) is a student residence designed [...]

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After 3

After 3 is a traveling Summer Care Program that meets inside Morningside Park @123rd St. We offer daily trips and activities using NYC as our playground. For more information please contact: Marquette Grant-Bragg 917-804-8509.

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Hollingworth Science Camp

Science Camp is available to children currently in kindergarten, first, second, third, and fourth grades. Qualified applicants will be chosen from a modified lottery system. The application process includes a completed application form and deposit. Please email our office for details. To request further information and an application, please email us at Thank you for considering our camp!

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A.C.T. Summer Day Camp

Grades 1-9. Founded in 1971, The Adults and Children in Trust (A.C.T.) Program provides a safe haven where toddlers to teens from many faiths, cultures and economic backgrounds gather to learn, play and grow, as they participate in a broad range of programs among highly-trained and caring adults. A.C.T. consistently provides children and their families with high quality services that sustain, support and enhance their ability to thrive in diverse communities. A.C.T. offers year-round, affordable, reliable, nonsectarian and socially enriching educational programs and special events for families in and around the Cathedral of St. John the Divine, the world's largest Gothic cathedral. For more information, see

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Summerside Summer Camp Program

The Weekday School offers a summer camp program for June and July. The Summerside Program runs for six weeks divided into three two-week sessions. The Mini-Camp is for children 2.6 to 3.6 years of age and runs from 8:45am to 12:30 daily and includes hot lunch and a daily snack. The Full Camp is for children 3.6 to 6 years of age and runs from 8:45am to 2:30pm daily and includes hot lunch and a daily snack. Camp activities for both the Mini and Full Camps include arts & crafts, music, dance/movement, water play and sports on our rooftop play area and play time on our large outdoor and indoor play structures. Children in the Full Camp also take one local walking trip during each two-week session and one field trip to destinations such as the The Central Park Zoo, The New York Hall of Science and Chelsea Pier. For more information, visit:

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Bank Street Summer Camp

Camp staff is made up of graduate students from the Graduate School, alumni from the Graduate School and the School for Children as well as various outside specialists, teachers and professionals in their fields. Many campers return to camp as counselors because of their positive experience as campers. One third of campers go to the Bank Street School during the year, making a large portion of the camp body from other schools in the New York City area.ACA Bank Street Summer Camp is proud to be one of the only camps accredted by the American Camp Association in New York City. For more information, visit

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Columbia Community Scholars

Columbia University’s Community Scholars Program is seeking nominations and applications for its next class; the deadline is Friday, April 29, 2016.  The program, one of the benefits associated with the Manhattanville Campus Expansion, offers independent, community-based scholars from Northern Manhattan access to a suite of Columbia University services and resources in order to work toward the completion of a particular project or to attain skill in a particular area. We hope you will share the link with people you think would make great candidates. Please click here to view an informational video about the Columbia Community Scholars Program.  

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West Harlem Tour

[vc_row][vc_column width="1/1"][vc_column_text]REGISTRATION FOR THE AUGUST 9 TOUR AND NETWORKING LUNCH IS NOW CLOSED.[/vc_column_text][vc_row_inner][vc_column_inner width="1/1"][vc_column_text]It's not easy to keep up with all of the changes in West Harlem.  But let us help you while having a great educational and networking experience!  You, along with orientation leaders, student life, residential life, and admissions staff of our member institutions, are invited to share in a fun-filled morning. Experience the lovely, historic, music-filled streets and sights of West Harlem during a professionally-led walking tour hosted by Morningside Area Alliance. Learn more so you can better educate and refer your students to all the community has to offer them! Register now. For more information, contact Jenn at 212-749-1570. Event Details Date: Tuesday, August 9th 2016 Time: 10am-1pm Cost: $35 Meeting Location: The Apollo Theater, 253 W 125th St, New York, NY 1002 Register Now Walking Tour 10am - 12:00pm This customized tour itinerary takes us from 125th Street through Central and West Harlem with [...]

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