Students constitute a formidable force shaping the daytime vibrancy of Lower Manhattan and driving its evolution into a 24-hour neighborhood - just under 40,000 students are enrolled at ten Downtown colleges and universities, while several thousand more choose to live there. Although located just north in the Village, schools like NYU and the New School each maintain dorms Downtown.
Lower Manhattan's higher education institutions are scattered about three distinctive communities:
Tribeca is a formerly-industrial neighborhood, since transformed into one of trendy affluence. The neighborhood houses a thriving arts scene and the Borough of Manhattan Community College campus.
Financial District is often synonymous with Wall Street or the Financial Capital of the World. The district hosts global companies' headquarters, the NY Stock Exchange, and the City's oldest landmarks. The district houses St. John's University's prize-winning vertical campus.
Civic Center is the center of NYC government, housing City Hall and charming City Hall Park. Pace University's sprawling campus abuts the entrance to the Brooklyn Bridge and hosts an impressive array of new spacious facilities, including the theatre where Inside the Actor's Studio is filmed.
Students and faculty living Downtown enjoy a variety of recreational opportunities, like the free bicycle rental program, Bike Around Downtown, and also take advantage of numerous free music and film festivals held throughout the summer.
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