American Museum of Natural History

The American Museum of Natural History is home to famous exhibits such as the “habitat dioramas” of African, Asian and North American mammals, a 62-foot Haida carved canoe from the Pacific Northwest, a full-size blue whale model, and the Star of India, the largest star sapphire in the world. Many Columbia students have taken advantage of the museum’s extensive internship opportunities in earth science, astrophysics and anthropology.

Trinity Church

Trinity Church, a historic and well-known parish church in Lower Manhattan, is the site of Columbia’s founding; King’s College, established in 1754, held its first classes next door to the church. Alexander Hamilton, a student of King’s College, Founding Father, first Secretary of the Treasury, and the eponym of many Columbia spaces, is buried in the church’s cemetery.

Carnegie Hall

There are more ways to get to Carnegie Hall, a preeminent performance space, than just practicing.

Central Park

New York’s most famous park, Central Park is home to the Central Park Zoo, Belvedere Castle, the Loeb Boathouse, several famous sculptures and the Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis Reservoir, a popular jogging path. Recently, Professor Nan Rothschild uncovered the remnants of Seneca Village—the first community of African American property owners in New York—which predated the construction of the park.

Brooklyn Bridge

The Brooklyn Bridge, one of the oldest suspension bridges in the United States, is an iconic symbol of New York, spanning the East River between the boroughs of Manhattan and Brooklyn. The Bridge is the final stop on Professor Ken Jackson’s famed nighttime bike ride for his course, The History of the City of New York.

Metropolitan Museum of Art

The Metropolitan Museum of Art is a renowned museum which contains collections of art and artifacts from Ancient Egypt, Europe, Africa, Asia and Oceania. Well-known pieces include Gilbert Stuart’s George Washington, Vincent Van Gogh’s Cypresses, Caravaggio’s The Musiciansand Jackson Pollack’s Autumn Rhythm.

Lincoln Center

See a variety of performances here through Music Humanities or the Arts Initiative, as Lincoln Center is home to the New York City Ballet, the Metropolitan Opera and the New York Philharmonic.

Columbia University Medical Center

Home to the College of Physicians and Surgeons, the College of Dental Medicine, the School of Nursing and the Mailman School of Public Health, CUMC offers a variety of internship and shadowing opportunities for Columbia undergraduates.

The High Line

The High Line is an urban park resulting from the repurposing of a former elevated freight railway. An integration of environmental sustainability, design and engineering principles, governmental collaboration, thoughtful redevelopment and artistic pieces, the High Line has featured the work of Professor Sarah Sze from the Department of Visual Arts.

Chelsea Market

Originally the factory where the Oreo cookie was invented and produced, Chelsea Market is renowned for its varied food offerings—everything from artisanal cheese to seafood to coffee! The Market is also a part of New York’s “Silicon Alley,” a technology and social media hub for companies such as Google, Twitter and Facebook.