Morningside Park

Morningside Dr & Manhattan Ave
Morningside Park is located in New York City's borough of Manhattan from West 110th to West 123rd Streets between Manhattan Avenue, Morningside Avenue and Morningside Drive. It is one of four designated Historic Harlem Parks. The City received jur... more
Morningside Park is located in New York City's borough of Manhattan from West 110th to West 123rd Streets between Manhattan Avenue, Morningside Avenue and Morningside Drive. It is one of four designated Historic Harlem Parks.

The City received jurisdiction over the 30-acres property in 1870 and began constructing the park in 1883. The original plans for the park were drawn up by renowned park designers Frederick Law Olmsted and Calvert Vaux.

Drag the street view to look around 360°.
Use the arrow buttons to navigate down the street and around the neighborhood!

Morningside Heights Description

Morningside Park is located in the Morningside Heights neighborhood of Manhattan. New Yorkers have several nicknames for Morningside Heights: the "Academic Acropolis," "Bloomingdale Village," or as the late George Carlin (who grew up here) once cynically put it, "White Harlem." Stretching from West 106th to 125th Streets, Morningside Heights is primarily known as the home of highly revered institutions such as Barnard College, Columbia University, Jewish Theological Seminary of America, Manhattan School of Music, St. Luke's Hospital, the Cathedral of Saint John the Divine, and Riverside Church.

The term Morningside came from the park on the eastern edge of the neighborhood, which each morning was the first area to be lit up by the sun and thus called Morningside Park by the residents at the time. Riverside Park, an enormous 266-acre waterfront park maintained by the New York City Department of Parks and Recreation, was created in 1870s. While obviously overshadowed by New York's Central Park, both of these parks are much beloved by New Yorkers and tourists alike—especially those with an affinity for jogging.

The neighborhood was the stage the Battle of Harlem Heights, a Revolutionary War skirmish that pitted 2,000 Americans against a British division of 5,000 soldiers. At the end of the nineteenth century construction began on both the Cathedral of Saint John the Divine and Columbia University's uptown campus, and the neighborhood, previously farmland, became urbanized over the ensuing decades. Generally an affluent neighborhood, many of the beautiful apartment buildings and row houses in Morningside Heights were amongst the first residences to use elevators and were built for New York's prosperous middle class in the first two decades of the twentieth century. During the middle of the century, however, largely due to the increasing numbers of Single Room Occupancy hotels (SROs), the neighborhood experienced socioeconomic troubles and fell for a time into decline, with some residents opting to move to affluent suburbs surrounding New York City. In the meantime, the neighborhood has rebounded and reestablished its former grandeur with the significant help of major investments and real estate acquisitions by Columbia University to the north of its existing campus.

Definitely the most famous restaurant in Morningside Heights is Tom's Restaurant, featured in the song of the same name by Suzanne Vega and perhaps most recognizable as "Monk's Café" in Seinfeld. Havana Central, on Broadway near 114th street, was once a legendary haunt filled with Beat Generation poets and activists, but afteryears of languishing as burger-n-beer joint with jazz, they spicing things up, Cuban-style. Popular college bars in the area are 1020 and the nearby Lion's Head Tavern, where youngsters and oldsters knock back pints and shots and get routinely weirded out by each other's respective ages. There's also the slightly less divey Village Pourhouse and

US Civil War history buffs will be interested to know that Grant's Tomb is located in the Morningside Heights neighborhood, situated in a prominent location in Riverside Park with a gorgeous view of the Hudson River. And to answer the famous question, no one is technically "buried" in Grant's Tomb, as that's not how tombs work: both Ulysses S. Grant and his wife Julia are entombed there.

Given the fact that the neighborhood here is primarily residential, the closest accommodations you find in the nearby vicinity would be Morningside Inn on West 107th Street, which is housed in a pre war building with the old world charm of that era. The nearby Marrakech Hotel on the Upper West Side at Broadway and 103rd Street offers enticing Moroccan style accommodations in one of Manhattan's quieter residential neighborhoods.

There are no events taking place on this date.

Info

Morningside Dr & Manhattan Ave
New York, NY 10027
Website

Editorial Rating

@NYCParks

And don't worry, Togo fans, the dog who led the most difficult legs of the journey is honored in Seward Park in Lower Manhattan!
https://t.co/NIgB4XlZOX 3 Hours Ago

Today is the 98th anniversary of Balto's arrival in Nome, Alaska, completing the last leg of a dog sled relay through blizzard conditions along the Iditarod Trail to deliver life-saving antitoxin to the epidemic-stricken town! He became a hero with a statue in Central Park.
https://t.co/9PCOESqdX6 3 Hours Ago

But what do groundhogs listen to while in their dens during the winter? Check out our HiberNation playlist on Spotify for ideas:
https://t.co/Y28ZKla3gx 5 Hours Ago

Today is Groundhog Day! On this day, groundhogs are generally known for their meteorology and time travel skills, but on most winter days, you would find them hibernating in large underground den networks that they build in our parks.
https://t.co/Bkpfs5x9WG 5 Hours Ago

view all

Other Parks Attractions

Nelson A. Rockefeller Park

Named for former governor Nelson A. Rockefeller, this park features a stunning H... view

Corlears Hook Park

From the City of New York/Parks & Recreation Historical Signs Program:

"This ... view

Pelham Bay Park

At over 2,700 acres, Pelham Bay Park is the city's largest park. Like many of Ne... view

Battery Park

Located at the southernmost tip of Manhattan next to the Staten Island Ferry Ter... view