Bronx Community College
|Bronx Community College|
The interior of Stanford White's library at Bronx Community College
|Location||University Heights, Bronx, New York, US|
|Location||Bronx, New York|
|NRHP Reference #||12001013|
|Designated NHL||October 16, 2012|
The college was established in 1957 through the efforts of civic-minded groups who felt that there was a growing need for more higher education facilities in the Bronx. Classes began at Hunter College, and later at the former site of the Bronx High School of Science.
In 1973, the Dormitory Authority of the State of New York acquired the University Heights campus from New York University (NYU), which had sold the campus under threat of imminent bankruptcy. Beginning in the fall of that year, the BCC moved its operations to the 55 acres (22 ha) site overlooking the Harlem River.
The BCC campus originally housed New York University's undergraduate college and now-defunct engineering school, which was absorbed by Polytechnic Institute of Brooklyn, and consists of a mix of neo-Renaissance buildings designed by architect Stanford White and brutalist concrete buildings by Marcel Breuer. Most notably, the BCC campus is home to the Hall of Fame for Great Americans, the first such hall of fame in the United States. This landmark, which was founded in 1900 by Henry Mitchell MacCracken, Chancellor of NYU from 1891 to 1910, was designed as part of the undergraduate college of that university. At the time, a number of prominent local universities had made the move to upper Manhattan and the Bronx in order to build bigger campuses, including Columbia University, and the City College of New York.
The Hall of Fame for Great Americans, which is listed on the National Register of Historic Places, was also designed by Stanford White, and was established to honor prominent Americans who have had a significant impact on the country's history and includes bronze busts of Alexander Graham Bell, Eli Whitney, and George Westinghouse along with many others. It was the original Hall of Fame in the United States and at one time enjoyed great national renown, though today it is largely forgotten and has not had any new inductees since 1973.
The college also offers a wide array of workforce community development and personal enrichment courses and programs through Continuing & Professional Studies (CPS, www.bcc.cuny.edu/cps CPS also delivers customized training for local employers. CPS works closely with unions, city, state and federal agencies and accepts vouchers and other forms of financial aid for individual students.
Bronx Community College teams participate as a member of the National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA). The Broncos are a member of the community college section of the City University of New York Athletic Conference (CUNYAC). Men's sports include baseball, basketball, cross country, soccer and track & field; while women's sports include basketball, cross country, track & field and volleyball.
In popular culture
- In 2001, parts of the film A Beautiful Mind that depicted MIT were instead filmed in the BCC, due to the film's low budget. The dome at BCC was also used in the filming of The Good Shepherd.
- The Meister Hall building at BCC by architect Marcel Breuer was featured as a Russian Embassy in the 2008 film Burn After Reading by the Coen brothers.
- Sheraton, Mimi (December 15, 2000). "MY BRONX; Yesterday's Heroes, Up on Pedestals". The New York Times. Retrieved 2009-01-23.
- Wolfer, Sondra (November 3, 2004). "Federal DOE grant fuels Bronx, N.Y., community college's energy center". Daily News (New York). Retrieved 2009-01-23.[dead link]
- Halber, Deborah (February 13, 2002). "MIT facts meet fiction in ‘A Beautiful Mind’". MIT News Office. Retrieved 2005-10-04.
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