New community college opens at Bryant Park

August 21, 2012 12:00PM

CUNY’s New Community College opened at 50 West 40th Street yesterday — marking the first new community college to open in the city in more than 40 years, the New York Post reported. The Bryant Park space, which the Post reported is temporarily leased but did not mention details of square footage or the number of floors the institution will occupy, will begin the academic year with a total of 330 first-year students.

PropertyShark shows the building measures 91,000 square feet. The terms of the lease were not mentioned, but the Post said that the school got a $9 million boost from the city.

The school will eventually serve some 5,000 students, and plans a move to a permanent location in Columbus Circle a decade on.

Though not a new institution, the Borough of Manhattan Community College’s 390,000-square-foot Fiterman Hall will be open, at least partially, to students beginning this fall, as previously reported. The original structure was destroyed during the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks. [Post] — Zachary Kussin