Claremont Avenue

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Riverside Church

Claremont Avenue is a short avenue in the Manhattan borough of New York City. It begins at 116th Street and runs north for a length of eleven blocks until it ends at Tiemann Place (the western segment of 127th Street).

South of 120th Street, the eastern side of Claremont Avenue features the heavily fortified backside of the Barnard College campus. The western side features various Columbia University professors' apartments, including that of Austin Quigley, the former dean of Columbia College (having ceded his post in July 2010), as well as Columbia and Barnard undergraduate residence halls.

North of 120th Street, Riverside Church is on the west and the Union Theological Seminary on the east sides of the street. Beyond this, the street passes between Sakura Park and the International House of New York to the west, and the Manhattan School of Music to the east, occupying the former Juilliard School building located at 130 Claremont Ave (prior to the latter institution's relocation to Lincoln Center in 1969). For the last few blocks, apartment buildings line the street. An outcropping of schist interrupts the row of buildings on the west side of the street between La Salle Street and Tiemann Place.

The intersection of 116th Street and Claremont Avenue has been formally declared the windiest in New York City.[citation needed] This is largely because two of the surrounding buildings have curved shapes that funnel the wind. As a result, students and professors in neighboring buildings face a bitterly cold walk to campus on many mornings in the winter months.[citation needed]

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Coordinates: 40°48′44.83″N 73°57′43.02″W / 40.8124528°N 73.9619500°W / 40.8124528; -73.9619500