Morningside Heights spans the area from 110th to 125th Street, from the east end of Morningside Park to the Hudson River. It is a quaint neighborhood situated between the Upper West Side and Harlem, and is mostly associated with its colleges and other public institutions – Columbia University most prominent among them.
Two features figure prominently into Morningside Heights – parks and stunning architecture. Riverside Park, with bike and walking paths along the Hudson, features a bird sanctuary, a skate park and a set of clay tennis courts, as well as Grant’s Tomb, the final resting place of Ulysses S. Grant. Morningside Park slopes down toward Harlem, 30-acres of rugged hills cultivated by the famed architects of Central Park. The Cathedral Church of St. John the Divine is a marvel of Romanesque-Byzantine and Gothic Styles that was new in 1892 with on-going restoration recently completed.
A number of great restaurants have been moving into Morningside Heights, although you’re still guaranteed to find many dining options on a student’s budget. Cafés are prevalent, including the legendary, old-world Hungarian Pastry Shop. Shopping is basic; the plus being it includes a number of affordable grocery stores. Most shopping and dining options are found along Broadway, its main thoroughfare – among them Tom’s Restaurant, a regular on Seinfeld.
A subdued nightlife scene exists for residents that want to venture out at night without having to take a ride downtown. Music lovers will appreciate Columbia’s Miller Theater, showcasing world-class musical performers in genres from jazz to opera.
Morningside Heights was chosen by New York Magazine as an up-and-coming residential hot spot in “Where to Live in 2014”.