Harlem is definitely changing, contact the local precinct in that area to find out the crime stats and trends, also as the previous agents mentioned its always best to visit the neighborhood at different times of the day as well as weekends vs weekdays to get a feel of the neighborhood.... more
There has been much discussion and debate about the proposed expansion and Columbia's plans were somewhat blocked recently. In December 2009 (first link below) the proposed expansion was to include "redeveloping 17-acres in a neighborhood called Manhattanville from W. 125th to W. 133rd (between Broadway and 12th Avenue) just north of Columbia's existing 36-acre campus."
December 3, 2009, The New York Times reported:
"In a 3-to-2 decision, the Appellate Division of the State Supreme Court annulled the stateâ€™s 2008 decision to take property for the expansion project [pdf], saying that its condemnation procedure was unconstitutional.
Columbia embarked on its first major expansion in 75 years in 2003, saying it had outgrown its cramped Morningside Heights campus. It planned to replace the low-scale industrial buildings north of 125th Street with school buildings, laboratories, restaurants, a jazz club and tree-lined streets.
The courtâ€™s decision is not fatal to to its expansion plan. It already owns or controls 91 percent of the 17-acresâ€“61 of 67 buildingsâ€“in the project area. It can simply build around the other property owners, or come to some sort of agreement. But the state and the university had always sought the entire site.
It bought most of the land between 125th Street and 133rd Street, between Broadway and Riverside Drive. But the university failed to work out a deal with Nicholas Sprayregen, who owned four Tuck-it-Away Self Storage buildings in the area, and the owners of two gas stations...."
I hope this helps.
Michele Peters, Esq.... more