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Borough of Manhattan Community College

Coordinates: 40°43′04″N 74°00′43″W / 40.71768°N 74.01188°W / 40.71768; -74.01188

The Borough of Manhattan Community College (BMCC) is a public community college in New York City. It is one of the seven two-year colleges within the City University of New York (CUNY) system. Founded in 1963, BMCC originally offered business-oriented and Liberal Arts degrees for those intending to enter the business world or transfer to a four-year college. Its original campus was scattered all over midtown Manhattan, utilizing office spaces, hotel conference rooms, and various spaces throughout Manhattan. In the mid-1970s CUNY began scouting for suitable property on which to erect a new campus of its own. The current campus has been in use since 1983. Currently, with an enrollment of over 27,000 students,[1] BMCC grants associate degrees in a wide variety of vocational, business, health, science, engineering and continuing education fields.

Borough of Manhattan
Community College
Tribeca cuny mcc.jpg
Main entrance (2006)
PresidentKarrin E. Wilks (interim)
Location, ,
United States

The BMCC student body is nearly two-thirds female and has a median age of 24, with attending students hailing from over 100 different countries. The Center for Continuing Education and Workforce Development at BMCC serves more than 11,000 students who complete non-credit bearing and certificate programs in allied health, information technology and media arts, career training and personal development, English as a Second Language and other areas. Another 10,000 students are enrolled in distance education programs. BMCC has a faculty of nearly 1,000 full-time and adjunct professors.



Borough of Manhattan Community College is in the heart of the TriBeCa neighbourhood and occasionally hosts the Tribeca Film Festival's ceremonies and films.[2] The four main campuses rest between New York City Hall and the Financial District near the Hudson River in Downtown Manhattan.

Downtown/TriBeCa campusEdit

  • 199 Chambers Street, New York, NY 10008 – Main Campus
  • 235 Greenwich Street (North entrance), 81 Barclay Street (South entrance); New York, NY 10007 – Fiterman Hall
  • 70 Murray Street, New York, NY 10008 – Chambers Street

Off-site programsEdit

  • Brooklyn College
  • CUNY in the Heights
  • John Jay College
  • Lehman College
  • Long Island University - Brooklyn
  • St. John's University - Manhattan

Fiterman Hall and the September 11 attacksEdit

Fiterman Hall was heavily damaged from the collapse of 7 World Trade Center on 9/11.

The original Fiterman Hall opened in 1959 and occupied a block bounded by Greenwich Street, Barclay Street, West Broadway, and Park Place.[3] It was donated to BMCC in 1993 by Miles and Shirley Fiterman, for whom the building was subsequently named. At the time, it was the largest private donation to a community college in the U.S. history.[4][5] In 2000, the State of New York Dormitory Authority, which owned the building, began a massive renovation to better adapt the building for classroom use.[6]

During the September 11 attacks in 2001, the building's structure was heavily compromised by debris from the collapse of 7 World Trade Center, and the renovation was never completed. The building became unsafe to occupy because of exposed asbestos and mold growth. Since traditional demolition would result in an unacceptable environmental impact, the building was scheduled for deconstruction and decontamination as a part of the Lower Manhattan redevelopment project.[7]

New Fiterman Hall

Fiterman Hall was to be replaced by a new building designed by the architectural firm Pei Cobb Freed & Partners[8] after the deconstruction, and was scheduled to be completed by February 2007.[9][10] However, environmental impact concerns and funding issues caused numerous delays. At a press conference at BMCC on November 13, 2008, city and state officials announced a new agreement that revised demolition and reconstruction plans through a funding agreement among New York City, New York State, and the City University of New York. In addition, approximately $80 million from an insurance settlement would be applied to the project's budget.[11] Under the plan, the new Fiterman Hall was completed in 2012.[6][12]

Career developmentEdit

The Center for Career Development (CCD) provides students with comprehensive career planning services. Its professional career counselors assist students in making informed decisions about an area of study; research occupations that match their personal interests; write a resume; practice interviewing, and help them prepare as candidates for internships and employment. Students also learn to clarify their career goals, develop effective communication and interpersonal skills, conduct job searches, and develop a digital portfolio for employers to view as evidence of their skills, accomplishments and professional qualifications. In addition, CCD partners with New York Needs You, the New York office of America Needs You, to host career-oriented events and seminars to bring industry insights to its students.[13]


College teams of the BMCC participate as a member of the National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA). The Panthers are a member of the community college section of the City University of New York Athletic Conference (CUNYAC). Men's sports include baseball, basketball, soccer and swimming; while women's sports include basketball, soccer, swimming and volleyball.

Western side of the main campus building, at the Hudson River. Behind it are the Independence Plaza North and South towers

BMCC offers a large state-of-the-art recreation facility including a regulation basketball court, swimming pool, and weight room. There are active teams in many sports such as handball, bowling, baseball, soccer, and basketball. Sports teams compete in both the CUNY athletic system and the local NJCAA collegiate sports system. The women's basketball team has won numerous championships including the CUNY basketball championship and the regional Division III championships including placing third nationally in 2000 with a 21–3 regular season record.[14] The chess team has won national awards. One of the most successful programs at BMCC is the men’s soccer team with 6 consecutive wins at cuny soccer championships, 1 regional DIII championship and placing 3rd in the NJCAA national championship in 2005.

Notable alumniEdit

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on February 20, 2008. Retrieved 2008-02-23.CS1 maint: Archived copy as title (link) BMCC Quick Facts
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  3. ^ "BMCC's Fitermall Hall set to reopen, 11 years after its 9/11 demise". Newsday. August 26, 2012. Retrieved October 27, 2017.
  4. ^ "BMCC receives record cash gift". New York Daily News. Associated Press. April 30, 2007. Retrieved May 30, 2017.
  5. ^ Rubinstein, Dana (October 7, 2008). "Manhattan Community College Takes Space Near Terrorist-Damaged Fiterman Hall". Observer. Retrieved October 27, 2017.
  6. ^ a b "Fiterman Hall". Borough of Manhattan Community College. City University of New York. Archived from the original on April 23, 2012. Retrieved October 27, 2017.
  7. ^ "Lower Manhattan Fiterman Hall". Lower Manhattan Development Corporation. Archived from the original on September 12, 2007.
  8. ^ "Work to Demolish Fiterman Hall may actually begin". Downtown Express. January 13, 2006. Archived from the original on March 27, 2008. Retrieved May 27, 2008.
  9. ^ Agovino, Theresa. "Ground Zero building to be razed". Retrieved May 30, 2017.
  10. ^ Schemo, Diana Jean (September 2, 2006). "At 2-Year Colleges, Students Eager but Unready". Retrieved May 30, 2017 – via
  11. ^ Dunlap, David W. (November 13, 2008). "Damaged CUNY Building Will Finally Be Replaced". City Room. Retrieved October 27, 2017.
  12. ^ Shapiro, Julie (August 27, 2012). "Students Return to Rebuilt Fiterman Hall 11 Years After 9/11". DNAinfo New York. Archived from the original on October 27, 2017. Retrieved October 27, 2017.
  13. ^ "Student Services - Center for Career Development - Who We Are and What We do". Archived from the original on August 20, 2011.
  14. ^ Williams, Lena (March 3, 2001). "COLLEGE BASKETBALL; Manhattan C.C. Setting Its Sights On Being the National Champion". Retrieved May 30, 2017 – via
  15. ^ "From Rock Star To Pre-Med". Retrieved May 30, 2017.
  16. ^ Biography of Queen Latifah at Thomson Gale Black History Archived October 17, 2006, at the Wayback Machine

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