A plaque remaining from the Big Apple Night Club at West 135th Street and Seventh Avenue in Harlem.

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Entry from February 09, 2012
Dorm District (Yorkville, Manhattan)

Yorkville (on the east side of Manhattan) has been called the “Dorm District” because of the many students who reside there. Yorkville’s Wikipedia entry mentions that these students are from Fordham (some graduate housing is here, although the campus is on the west side), Hunter College, Rockefeller University, Cornell Medical College and other schools.
The name “Dorm District” appears almost exclusively on Wikipedia. “Dorm District” is not mentioned once in print in the New York Times, New York Post, New York Daily News, Our Town (a local, free newspaper), Metro or am New York.
Wikipedia: Yorkville, Manhattan
Yorkville is a neighborhood in the greater Upper East Side, in the Borough of Manhattan in New York City. Yorkville’s boundaries include: the East River on the east, 96th Street (where East Harlem begins) on the north, Third Avenue on the west and 72nd Street to the south. However, its southern boundary is a subject of debate. Some sources and natives consider 59th Street (the southern boundary of the greater Upper East Side, bounded by Central Park and the East River) to be the southern boundary, while others consider it being 86th Street. What is certain is that Yorkville’s boundaries have changed over time. Its western half was referred to as “Irishtown.” The neighborhood’s main artery, East 86th Street, was sometimes called the “German Broadway.” Yorkville is part of Manhattan Community Board 8.
Student housing
Fordham Graduate Housing is located on 81st street between York and East End. Although the Fordham Graduate Schools are located on the West Side, the university purchased the buildings on 81st street to provide a safe area for graduate students. In fact, because it is isolated from the subway, east Yorkville is quite affordable, and many young people live between 1st avenue and East End Avenue. It has jokingly been called the “Dorm District” by some young residents, due to the large amount of students living in the same apartment buildings because of their inability to receive housing in a college dormitory. Many of the students attend the nearby Hunter College, but the low rents, safe neighborhood and close proximity to Central Park attracts students from colleges such as Berkeley College, Rockefeller University, Cornell Medical College, New York Film Academy and American Academy of Dramatic Arts.
Unlike the neighborhoods closer to Central Park in the Upper East Side, Yorkville is primarily a middle- to working-class neighborhood. Yorkville’s affordable living costs have drawn many college students to its apartment buildings, inspiring the nickname “Dorm District” for the apartment buildings between First Avenue and East End Avenue. College students, recent college graduates and long-time residents populate Yorkville.

Posted by Barry Popik
New York CityNeighborhoods • Thursday, February 09, 2012 • Permalink

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