Movie-Set Location, Premier Education

 

Scenes from Robert DeNiro's "The Good Shepard" were filmed in the Gould Memorial Library, above
On New York City's highest natural peak, overlooking the Harlem River with dramatic views to the Palisades and dotted with historic landmarks, Bronx Community College is one of the more beautifully sited urban campuses in the nation. BCC, with its tree-lined walkways and spacious lawns, has been a location for more than 15 feature films, music videos, commercials and photo shoots. Students have gotten to rub shoulders with the likes of Russell Crowe, Pierce Brosnan and Julia Roberts.

BCC students engage in serious studying. Nursing and allied health, business, information technology, digital design, education and automotive technology programs (the last is the only one of its kind at CUNY) are some of its more popular academic majors. According to the U.S. Department of Education, BCC awards more associate degrees to minority students than any other community college in the country. Most students are first-generation college attendees and two-thirds are women.

Established in 1957, BCC moved to its present 55.5-acre site (the former New York University Heights Campus) in 1973. The college is home to the Hall of Fame for Great Americans (the original "Hall of Fame" in the country) and the Gould Memorial Library. Designed by renowned architect Stanford White, both neoclassical structures are New York City landmarks and are on the National Register of Historic Places.

In October 2008, the college broke ground for the North Instructional Building, which will include state-of-the-art classrooms, a vaulted double-height library, a small cafe, lounges and group-study rooms. The building is expected to open in 2011.

In the heart of the Bronx, the college is easily accessible by 4 and D trains and Nos. 3, 12, 36 and 40/42 buses. In the evenings, shuttle buse are available from the campus to the subway.

The Hot Spots at BCC

 

Roscoe C. Brown Jr. Student Center: cafeteria (under construction, will be expanded to the second floor); game room; Office of Student Activities; tables in front of the building; Hall of Fame Playhouse; bookstore; student government.

Meister Hall science building: benches and tables in front of the building; library; TV studio; computer lab; a small hangout area on the first floor; rotunda in the back for student use.

Benches along the quad, which is in the center of campus.

North Instructional Building (under construction; due to open in 2011): student lounges; library; cafe.

Alumni Gymnasium: swimming pool; basketball court; dance classes; two weight-training areas; outdoor handball courts.

Gould Memorial Library: Hall of Fame for Great Americans; major tourist destination.