Class of 2006...
City College's class of 2006 saw a burst of renovation and cultural activities on the campus. Students saw the opening of CCNY's first on campus dormitories – The Towers. The 600-bed residence hall equipped each apartment with a full kitchen, high speed internet, basic cable and local telephone service. Five varieties of apartments were to be offered, from studios to four-bedrooms. The dorms also provided a laundry room, a small fitness center, a wireless –internet-equipped lounge, a private courtyard, a full kitchen with two ovens for larger community meals, and an adjacent seminar room where these large meals can be eaten, or conferences can be held.
After almost three decades as City College's neglected backyard, the South Campus experienced a burst of construction. The most visible sign of change was the transformation of the building known as "Y." The Y building, the former home of the Cohen Library until it was moved to the North Academic Center in 1983, sought to be the new home of the CCNY School of Architecture. The designer, Rafael Vinoly, who was a finalist in the bid to design the new Ground Zero towers, described the existing building as "rational and solid," meaning that the original emphasis of its designer was on function more than form. Going for the same in his plan, Vinoly incorporated the building's skeleton into his design. Among the vital components of the new design was a rooftop amphitheater, which the architect described as an "inverted ziggurat," a student lounge/critique space, an expanded Ruderman Architecture Library, and electronic classrooms.
The college also saw its first ever Dominican heritage festival series titled, "The Artistry of Dominican Carnival," which featured a radiant display of traditional masks and costumes typically used during carnival in different provinces of the Dominican Republic. The materials, in vibrant tropical colors, were designed by children and young adults who live in Washington Heights. They were supervised by a crew of dedicated individuals from the Juan Pablo Duarte Foundation who were committed to sharing Dominican culture and its customs with the community. The exhibit also featured posters and photos that display the richness of "El Carnaval del Boulevard" celebrated in Washington Heights in July.