CCNY Panoramic Scene 

CCNY is  the oldest of City University's twenty institutions of higher learning. City College's thirty-five acre campus along Convent Avenue from 131st Street to 141st Street is on a hill overlooking Harlem; its neo-Gothic campus was mostly designed by George Browne Post, and many of its buildings are landmarks. CCNY was the first free public institution of higher education in the United States. City College was originally founded as the Free Academy of the City of New York in 1847 by Townsend Harris. A combination prep school and college, it would provide children of

 immigrants and the poor access to free higher education based on academic merit alone. 


 I was a guest lecturer on March 19, 2007 at my colleague's (Glenny Wilson) Education Course at CCNY. Her teacher, Dr. Catherine Franklin, extended a gracious invitation for me to speak. I talked about and showed digital resources about Seneca Village in Central Park. It turns out that I dropped my cell phone why schlepping all the equipment I brought with me. A good samaritan, Jose, found it and called home to tell my wife that he had it. The next day I went back to retrieve the phone and used the opportunity to make a few panoramic movies to link in a scene. The panorama from the middle of the campus links to one (to the West) on Amsterdam Avenue, between 137th and 138th Street. The public school park was once the site of the Hebrew Home for the Boys. It was that home that played an integral party in Gail Carson Levine's wonderful kids' historical fiction book called "Dave At Night."