Columbia Joins the Great Broadway Sweep to Help Clean Up the ‘World’s Most Famous Street’

Meet us on September 19 and 20 to initiate the Washington Heights, Morningside Heights, and West Harlem portions of the effort to clean up Broadway.

September 14, 2023

Columbia University President Minouche Shafik will join Barnard President Laura Rosenbury, Teachers College President Tom Bailey, and local leaders on September 20 to kick off the Morningside Heights section of the Great Broadway Sweep, a Climate Week NYC partnership between the NYC Sanitation Foundation and We Love NYC to collect litter along the entire length of Broadway.

The Sanitation Foundation and We Love NYC have partnered up to lead nine morning cleanups over five days. The route begins with two cleanups taking place at the far ends of Manhattan – City Hall at the south and Inwood to the north – and working their way towards each other. Each day the cleanup will progress closer towards Times Square and we'll end with a massive cleanup and celebration in the heart of NYC.

Join Columbia at 10:00 am on September 20, when New York City Councilmember Shaun Abreu and Presidents Shafik, Rosenbury, and Bailey will lead a rally for community partners, neighbors, and volunteers at the University’s Manhattanville Campus (615 W 129th St.) to initiate the Morningside Heights and West Harlem portion of the effort to clean up Broadway, the "World's Most Famous Street."

You can also join us in Washington Heights at 10:00 am on September 19, when Columbia will partner with the Washington Heights/181st St. BID and Community League for a cleanup of another section of Broadway. We'll start the day at Mitchel Square (3975 Broadway).

For more information and to register to participate, visit The Great Broadway Sweep website:

*If the waitlist has been activated, these locations are at capacity. Please consider registering for another Great Broadway Sweep location and/or join the waitlist and we will notify you if a spot opens up.