Columbia's New Yorkers
New York gives people a feeling of belonging, regardless of background, says Nicole A. Gordon 74BC 77LAW, one of the prominent New York alumni featured in the pages that follow.
Theres nowhere else in the world where you can see so many different kinds of people and know that at some level they can all make a way for themselves.
Nearly half of Columbias 250,000 alumniboth transplants and homegrownnow live in the greater metropolitan area. Here, with a dozen portraits, we salute a few of our most notable New Yorkers. Whether feeding a hunger for knowledge or for a caviar omelet, watching the news or gazing at the planets, casting a vote or taking a child to school, City dwellers are linked to Columbians who have made their way to positions of influence.
Its no wonder that so many Columbians help drive New York forward. As soon as students morph into alumni, they hit the ground running. Celebrating the Universitys talented young alumni, this feature culminates in a group photo (Young Lions) that gathers recent graduates from each of Columbias 15 schools.
Photographs by Peter Freed, Bob Handelman, and Alan S. Orling