Lately there's been a steady drip of news coming from Columbia University regarding its growing Manhattanville campus–not to mention the school's tantalizing new retail announcements in Morningside Heights.
Here's what you may have missed this summer, starting with the most recent bombshell:
1. As part of a new building project coming to the southwest corner of W 125th Street and Broadway, Columbia is demolishing the drive-through McDonald's and the adjacent row of warehouses in the coming months. The McDonald's last day of business was Monday, September 9.
2. The Columbia Business School's two new buildings on W 131st Street, designed by Diller Scofidio + Renfro (the firm behind The Shed in the Hudson Yards), recently topped out. The anticipated completion date is Summer 2021.
3. Four new retailers are coming to 2901-2913 Broadway between W 113th and W 114th Streets: Mexican eatery Dos Toros, coffee roaster Blue Bottle, Hex & Company (which is moving from its old location two blocks south) and vegan bowl and smoothie joint Loco Coco. They're expected to open by the end of the year.
4. Starting next summer, a new food hall from chef and TV personality Franklin Becker will occupy the northeast corner of the Jerome L. Greene Science Center at 3227 Broadway and W 130th Street. The still-unnamed concept will possibly offer foods like Sicilian-style pizza and Spanish tapas.