Back to School

Now that NYC students are returning to the classroom, FRIENDS is going Back to School on the Upper East Side, offering a look at the educational institutions that serve our neighborhood, and shape our city. On this virtual tour led by Historian Lucie Levine, we’ll discover the role that educational institutions have played in the social and architectural history of the neighborhood, from the nation’s first free women’s institution of higher education, to an elite private school founded on the tenets of Socialism, to an educational complex that ignited a fierce debate with the NYC Landmarks Preservation Commission, and others which engage in adaptive reuse, stewarding the history of our neighborhood and helping to build its future.

Architectural rendering provided by Andrew J. Hickes (


September 21st
6:00 pm