Thursday, January 25, 2007

CUNY Graduate Center

City University of New York (CUNY) is the largest urban university in the United States consisting of 21 colleges. It has an enrollment of 450,000 students spread out over 5 boroughs in New York City. The university was founded by Townsend Harris in 1847 as the Free Academy. The Free Academy became The City College and later merged with other city schools to form the CUNY system in 1961.

The building in the photo is the CUNY Graduate Center, which is the only college that offers PhD degreesin the CUNY system. It is located in the former B. Altman and Company on 5th Avenue between 33rd and 34th Street. The building was designed by architects, Trowbridge and Livingston and completed in 1906. CUNY took over the building and made it the new home of the CUNY Graduate Center.

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