Claremont Avenue is a relatively short avenue that begins at 116th Street and runs north until Tiemann Place. The eastern side of Claremont Avenue features the heavily-fortified backside of the Barnard campus. The western side features various professors' apartments (including that of Dean Quigley), as well as the 47 Claremont residence hall. After 120th Street, Riverside Church is on the west and Union Theological Seminary on the east. Beyond this, the street passes Sakura Park, International House, the Manhattan School of Music, and lots of little apartment buildings.
The intersection of 116th and Claremont has been formally declared the windiest in New York City. This is largely because two of the surrounding buildings have curved shapes that funnel the wind. As a result, students living in 47 Claremont and professors in neighboring buildings face a bitterly cold walk to campus on many mornings in the winter months.
Apparently, over a decade ago Claremont developed a notorious smell as Barnard students discarded their used sanitary items out of their windows.