Professor and historian Kenneth Jackson, chair of the department of history at Columbia University, offers a unique class titled History of the City of New York. While there is nothing particularly unique about the subject matter of this course, Columbia's Morningside Heights location in Manhattan affords students opportunities that most don't get.
When historian Kenneth Jackson teaches his “History of the City of New York” course, he takes his students out of the classroom, on an all night field trip—a midnight bicycle ride that starts in upper Manhattan, wends its way through Central Park, Times Square, over the Brooklyn Bridge and ends in Brooklyn Heights at dawn.
Because History of the City of New York is setup as a seminar, all Columbia students, faculty, staff, and alumni can access the not-for-credit class absolutely free.
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