College Drive


It’s been said that former New York City Parks Commissioner Robert Moses ’14GSAS, ’52HON never met a roadway he didn’t love. Yet during Columbia’s bicentennial commemorations in 1954, it was Moses who helped turn the stretch of 116th Street between Broadway and Amsterdam into one of Manhattan’s busiest crosstown walkways. This summer, College Walk is once again filled with traffic, but instead of Packards and Studebakers, it’s dump trucks and backhoes: Workmen have been tearing up the bricks and cobblestones and laying smoother, more foot-friendly paving blocks, as well as installing a new drainage system. The refurbished College Walk should be finished by the end of the summer. Meanwhile, the temporary displacement of pedestrians has made us a little nostalgic for the days when one had to look both ways while walking from Butler to Low.