Life in New York City
The Institute of Human Nutrition is an integral part of Columbia University's Health Sciences campus, which is located in Manhattan on West 168th Street in the community of Washington Heights. Components of this campus include the New York-Presbyterian Hospital, the College of Physicians and Surgeons, the Joseph L. Mailman School of Public Health, the School of Nursing, and the New York State Psychiatric Institute. The atmosphere of this community, with its high concentration of talented health professionals and scientists, provides for a level of scientific education and intellectual interchange equaled by few places in the world.
When one needs to get away from the challenges of studying, Manhattan can provide a great diversity of distractions. The city offers some of the world's best museums: the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Museum of Modern Art, the Guggenheim, and the Whitney, to name just a few. New York has five major ballet companies and two principal opera companies. One can enjoy the music of the New York Philharmonic or one of the many chamber ensembles that play regularly in New York, or go to a Broadway or off-Broadway play practically any night of the week. One always has the choice of dozens of movies ranging from the popular to the esoteric, many of which never make it to other cities. There are countless opportunities to hear live music at bars and nightclubs during the week and on weekends. The New Yorker and Time Out magazines and the Village Voice list hundreds of things to do in any given week. For students who are concerned about expenses, discount tickets are available for many Broadway shows through a service provided for students and employees at Columbia. In addition, Columbia University offers many inexpensive movies, concerts, and lectures at both the main campus and at the Health Sciences campus. All of Manhattan is accessible by mass transit or by car. The subways and most buses run 24 hours a day, and taxis are ubiquitous.
Manhattan is clearly a metropolis, and, like other urban centers, it has its share of crime. With 24-hour guards in residences and escort services, Columbia provides excellent security in and around campus, which goes above and beyond citywide police protection. With common sense and simple precautions, New York is a safe and secure place in which to live and work.
Although New York is one of the largest urban centers in the nation, one can nevertheless find refuge away from city life. Central Park is one of the most spectacular municipal parks in the nation. Covering 843 acres, it was designed by Frederick Law Olmsted and Calvert Vaux and was completed in 1873. One can get away from city life by sunbathing, biking, roller-blading, horseback riding, or simply walking and enjoying trails through the park. During the summer, there are street performers, outdoor concerts, operas, and "Shakespeare in the Park." In winter, there is ice-skating, available at two outdoor rinks, and cross-country skiing. For more adventures, other major eastern cities such as Washington, D.C., Boston, and Philadelphia and resort areas at Lake Placid and in the Catskills are readily accessible by train or bus.
Without a doubt, New York is an exciting and unique place. There are few other cities in the world where such a mixture of talented individuals, creative energy, and diverse cultures coexist. Therefore, in furthering one's education at the Institute of Human Nutrition at Columbia University, one is not only provided with an atmosphere of intellectual interchange and scientific excellence, but also with a richness of experience through exposure to the diversity that is inherent in New York City.