It’s almost time to say goodbye to Broadway. It’s almost time to pack up the trucks and make the move downtown.
Nyack College is igniting a new beginning in a neighborhood steeped in history. On an afternoon stroll through Manhattan, our students will be able to visit the Freedom Tower, St. Paul’s Chapel, and even Fraunces Tavern Museum—where George Washington delivered a farewell speech to his generals after the Revolutionary War.
And this will be our new home.
Outside the administrative offices, a faux wall separates sidewalk traffic from the buzz saw commotion inside. It’s hard to imagine new offices while watching this current hum of construction. But with a few weeks left, the furniture and fixtures are almost ready for placement.
Inside the main building, men at work lay colored tiles according to the bright schematic that our new New York City classrooms will have. I visited the orange floor where the tangerine pop of color accented doorways and hallways. On the red floor, carpenter tools stand by freshly laid textile carpeting while workers measure and check the quality of work.
In Fall 2013, undergraduate and graduate classes will be held in these rooms. But for now, the space is maximized for organization. Artwork and breakables are designated to their own classrooms while “the command center” resembles a gallery walk through a beautiful mind.
Maps, plans, and checklists line the walls. Sketches lean against each other in the corner. Meanwhile staff and administrative personnel from our Rockland campus flip through charts and check details on laptop computers.
Winter is ended and spring comes with many blessings including our city campus’s move to 17 Battery Place. The days are ticking away and a small army of workers continue to hammer, paint, and solder their way toward our big move!
In a few months, students will climb out of subway stairwells and zip up elevators. Fall classes will commence and in the backdrop through the windows, we’ll have this view!!