EXPLORE MORNINGSIDE HEIGHTS

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Morning side Heights is full of rich history and cultural attractions supported by the large number of students, academics and families who keep the neighborhood’s reputation welcoming, intellectual and vibrant. Columbia University, St. Luke’s Hospital and the Cathedral of St. John the Divine, the world’s largest Gothic cathedral, are among its most famous historic inhabitants.

Residents have shops, cafés, restaurants and specialty stores at their disposal on the main thoroughfare of Broadway. Morningside Park is an area treasure with 30 acres designed as a cultivated wilderness by the famed architects of Central Park. Here you’ll find playgrounds, ball fields, picnic areas, even a farmer’s market. Just as incredible is the 267-acre Riverside Park just to the south presenting a bird sanctuary, skate park plus clay tennis courts.

HISTORY

Morningside Heights was first known as Vandewater Heights, after the 17th century farm of Dutch settler Harmon Vandewater (whose name graced a downtown street that was eliminated for approach ramps to the Brooklyn Bridge). The area was a battle site during the Revolution. American troops encamped on Hamilton Heights to the north (then Harlem Heights) and lured a British unit into the valley (now West 125th Street) separating them from Morningside Heights to the south. At the time of the Revolution, the neighborhood was comprised of scattered farms and, with the rest of the Upper West Side, called Bloomingdale after the Bloomingdale Road which eventually became Broadway.

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Adjacent to Harlem, from about 110th Street to about 125th Street between Morningside Park and Riverside Drive, sits Morningside Heights, just north and west of Central Park. The neighborhood boasts some of the city’s most impressive architecture dominated by turn-of-the-century apartment buildings with grand lobbies as well as row houses. Expansive pre-war co-ops and condos are also available and just as appealing.

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