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University Heights, The Bronx

University Heights

University Avenue's former name was Aqueduct Avenue.  It was renamed for New York University in 1913 and renamed again in 1988 for Martin Luther King Jr.

The Old Croton Aqueduct has been preserved for a two mile stretch from Kingsbridge Road South to about Bainbridge Avenue, along Aqueduct Avenue West, Aqueduct Avenue East and University Avenue as raised a embankment and walkway.  Aqueduct Avenues East and West are named for their location in relation to the Croton Aqueduct's location.  An aqueduct gatehouse remains at Phelan Place (although from the New Croton Aqueduct 1885-1893).


The University Heights Campus of New York University (1920)
Museum of the City of New York


New York University developed a University Heights campus in 1894 to follow New York City's development as it moved uptown.  However years later, in 1973, fearing urban decay New York University sold the University Heights campus to the City University of New York.  With the engineering school residing at the University Heights campus, the school of engineering merged with Polytechnic Institute of Brooklyn to form the Polytechnic Institute of New York.  The University Heights campus became the home of Bronx Community College.  The campus includes the Hall of Fame for Great Americans.


The Hall of Fame for Great Americans | Wallyg


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