Commuting to classes was the daily routine of all St. John's students until the first residence halls opened on the Queens campus in 1999. This photograph shows two School of Commerce students taking a New York City bus to the Schermerhorn Street campus in downtown Brooklyn in 1956.
Once students arrived at the downtown Brooklyn campus, they had to wait for an elevator to reach the upper floor classrooms. Many photographs in the Closing Entry yearbooks poked fun at this common aspect of the student experience.
Proposed by students in October 1944 and opened in January 1945, the Cooperative Cafeteria served hot meals to students after the cafeteria closed during World War II. The cafeteria was funded by student shareholders, including those in St. John’s College and Teachers College. The students managed all aspects of the cafeteria including purchasing. Despite the limitations of food rations, the students managed to serve high quality meals at prices students could afford, and donated their profit to the foreign missions.
Some of the meals served at the Cooperative Cafeteria in the 1940s included: hamburgers and frankfurters; roast beef, string beans, and potatoes; shrimp chow mein; ham, spinach-loin, pork, and sauerkraut; and coffee with cream.