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One: 110th Street Subway Stop

2018-04-25T11:38:08+00:00

The gateway to Morningside Heights by public transportation is the Red line, Number 1 subway stop of 110th Street.  Upon arrival, you will find a treasured 24-hour grocery store, Westside Market, and a bustling intersection of residential, school, and retail activities. Here is where you begin your tour and your exploration of Morningside Heights. First stop: the Cathedral of Saint John the Divine.

One: 110th Street Subway Stop 2018-04-25T11:38:08+00:00

Third Stop: The Cathedral of Saint John the Divine

2018-04-25T11:37:42+00:00

Starting at the 110th Street subway stop, you can begin your tour by walking east along 110th Street to Amsterdam Ave and going north to West 111th Street. You'll hit the Peace Fountain at St. John the Divine first, and by walking further east you will find yourself in front of the Cathedral itself. The cathedral, designed in 1888 and begun in 1892, has undergone radical stylistic changes and the interruption of the two World Wars. Originally designed in [...]

Third Stop: The Cathedral of Saint John the Divine 2018-04-25T11:37:42+00:00

At Cathedral of St. John the Divine: The Peace Fountain

2018-04-25T11:35:34+00:00

Located next to the Cathedral of Saint John the Divine, the Peace Fountain was built in 1985 by Greg Wyatt to depict the struggle of good and evil, shown by the archangel Michael vanquishing Satan. The Peace Fountain was sculpted by Cathedral Artist-in-Residence Greg Wyatt to mark the 200th anniversary of the Diocese of New York in 1985. The 40 foot-high bronze sculpture weaves together several representations of the conflict between good and evil. Above, the Archangel Michael embraces [...]

At Cathedral of St. John the Divine: The Peace Fountain 2018-04-25T11:35:34+00:00

At the Cathedral of St. John the Divine: The Ithiel Town Building

2018-04-25T11:35:49+00:00

On your visit to the Cathedral of Saint John the Divine, be sure to check out the oldest building in Morningside Heights: Ithiel Town Building. Named for its designer, Ithiel Town, the Town Building is the oldest existing structure in the neighborhood of Morningside Heights. Town was the architect of Federal Hall and St. Marks Church in-the-Bowery, both still standing in southern Manhattan. The Town Building predates the Cathedral—it began as the Leake & Watts Orphanage, which opened in [...]

At the Cathedral of St. John the Divine: The Ithiel Town Building 2018-04-25T11:35:49+00:00

Second Stop: Gargoyles and Lobbies

2018-04-24T09:48:55+00:00

After starting off at a prominent building at the Cathedral of Saint John the Divine, you may want to take a detour to appreciate the architecture of the residence buildings in the neighborhood. If you're pressed for time, you can skip on to the third stop, by simply walking north to West 116th from the Cathedral to Columbia University. We recommend this stop if you'd love to view the neo-Renaissance apartment buildings Morningside Heights is home to. The buildings feature marble [...]

Second Stop: Gargoyles and Lobbies 2018-04-24T09:48:55+00:00

Fourth Stop: Columbia University

2018-04-25T11:44:25+00:00

After taking in the magnificence of the Cathedral of St. John the Divine and the buildings in the neighborhood, your next stop involves more artistic and creative appreciation. Continue north on Amsterdam Avenue until West 116th Street, and enter the Columbia University campus to turn your attention to the splendor and academia that permeates the air in Columbia University. Columbia University was founded in 1754 as King's College by royal charter of King George II of England. It is [...]

Fourth Stop: Columbia University 2018-04-25T11:44:25+00:00

Maison Francaise at Columbia University

2018-04-25T11:44:40+00:00

Founded in 1913, the Maison Française of Columbia University is the oldest French cultural center established on an American university campus. It is a meeting place for students, scholars, business leaders, policy-makers and all persons seeking a better understanding of the French-speaking world. The Columbia Maison Française fosters intellectual and cultural exchange between the United States and France, Europe, and the French-speaking world. Its rich program of events stimulates debate, spotlights innovative scholarship, promotes dialogue across disciplines, and contributes to [...]

Maison Francaise at Columbia University 2018-04-25T11:44:40+00:00

What’s Next?

2018-04-24T09:53:02+00:00

Now that you've finished visiting the distinguished Columbia University, head to Broadway. There you'll find examples of New York's infamous food truck scene - an excellent dining option for the walking tourist! Grab a cup of coffee and a snack and then plot your next stop on the tour. You can either continue your Morningside tour north along Broadway or north along Claremont Avenue. For your FIRST OPTION, our recommended route, you'll leave Columbia from the exit by Earl Hall and [...]

What’s Next? 2018-04-24T09:53:02+00:00

Fifth Stop: Union Theological Seminary

2018-04-25T11:44:32+00:00

By walking to the intersection of 120th to 122nd Streets between Claremont Avenue and Broadway, you will find yourself in front of your fifth stop: the Union Theological Seminary in the City of New York. Be sure to explore the other institutions in the area, as per our blog post, as Union Theological Seminary and the other higher institutions of learning in the area have come to be famously known as the Academic Acropolis. In the 20th century, Union [...]

Fifth Stop: Union Theological Seminary 2018-04-25T11:44:32+00:00

Sixth Stop: International House and Sakura Park

2018-04-25T11:41:38+00:00

Moving on from the academic institutions in the neighborhood, head up to Riverside Drive along West 122nd to view International House and take in the greenery of Sakura Park. International House Situated at 500 Riverside Drive, north on Riverside Drive, International House is the first building to the north of the church adjacent to Sakura Park. International House or I-House is a private, non-profit residence and program center for graduate students, scholars engaging in research, trainees and interns. International [...]

Sixth Stop: International House and Sakura Park 2018-04-25T11:41:38+00:00

Seventh Stop: General Grant’s Tomb

2018-04-25T11:42:00+00:00

Once you've explored Sakura Park, you can head over to General Grant's Tomb by crossing the street into Riverside Park. The park's entrance is located at the intersection of Riverside Drive and West 122nd Street, and you can take the steps up to the final resting place of President Ulysses Simpson Grant and his wife, Julia, is the largest mausoleum in North America, and the sixth stop of your tour. General Grant's Tomb is located inside of Riverside Park, [...]

Seventh Stop: General Grant’s Tomb 2018-04-25T11:42:00+00:00

Eighth Stop: The Riverside Church and the Interchurch Center

2018-04-25T11:41:53+00:00

Exiting from General Grant's tomb, you cannot miss the Riverside Church, located on Riverside Drive and 120th Street where Harlem and the Upper West Side meet. Riverside Church is located right next to Sakura Park, and across the street from the Riverside Park entrance you used to look around General Grant's Tomb. Riverside Church You can't help but admire the Church's famous large size and elaborate Neo-Gothic architecture. But the church has a social justice history that extends beyond [...]

Eighth Stop: The Riverside Church and the Interchurch Center 2018-04-25T11:41:53+00:00

Last Stop: Manhattan School of Music

2018-04-24T09:51:08+00:00

Located on West 122nd Street between Claremont Avenue and Broadway, the Manhattan School of Music (MSM) is a world famous music conservatory. The school offers degrees on the bachelors, masters, and doctoral levels in the areas of classical and jazz performance and composition. Offering hundreds of concert presentations and community events each year, Manhattan School of Music is a vigorous contributor to the cultural fabric of New York City and an important player on the world stage. Now home to [...]

Last Stop: Manhattan School of Music 2018-04-24T09:51:08+00:00

Sakura Park

2014-07-23T15:26:13+00:00

Located between Riverside Church and International House, Sakura Park owes its name to the more than 2000 cherry trees delivered to parks in New York City from Japan in 1912. The ideal time to visit the park is during April, when on your walk through the park you’ll be surrounded by the cherry tree blossoms. On your visit to the park, look out for it idyllic gazebo, its play area for toddlers, and its pavilion, used as a performance [...]

Sakura Park 2014-07-23T15:26:13+00:00

Straus Park

2014-03-21T18:33:09+00:00

If you're looking for a place to take a rest and have breakfast, lunch, or a snack, settle down in Straus Park. Straus Park is a small landscaped park on the Upper West Side of Manhattan, at the intersection of Broadway, West End Avenue, and 106th Street. The most notable feature you'll find in the park is a bronze 1913 statue by American artist Augustus Lukeman of a nymph gazing over a calm expanse of water in memory of [...]

Straus Park 2014-03-21T18:33:09+00:00
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