Exploring Morningside Heights and Manhattanville: West 110th - 126th Streets.

Lesser Known Manhattan:  Morningside Heights & Manhattanville

There is perhaps no other neighborhood in NYC nor America like Morningside Heights, our city's intellectual and spiritual capital which has been called the "American Acropolis."  The area is home to seven colleges and universities including Columbia University, the Manhattan School of Music, Barnard College and two renowned seminaries.  Graduates and faculty members have had a huge impact on the world and we'll learn about these special people during our stroll. Towering over the neighborhood is the magnificent bell tower of Riverside Church and if you have never visited the Cathedral of St. John the Divine you will be blown away!

St. John the Divine is the world's largest Gothic Cathedral and is much more than a house of worship -- with year round concerts, festivals and art exhibits. Our walk will include the history of this fascinating area along with some of the hidden gems like Sakura Park, Grotto Church of Notre Dame, Morningside Drive and Park, and Grant's Tomb National Monument -- once the city's most popular tourist attraction!

We will stroll through Manhattanville at the end of tour, a neighborhood with own unique character and history as an industrial area -- and now where Columbia University is building its new 17 acre campus.  We'll uncover the origin of some of its streets like Old Broadway and Tiemann Place.  Suggestions for lunch or brunch spots for after the walk will be provided.

 

 

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  • linda k.

    Great meetup!

    October 21, 2013

  • Paulette

    Hank's tours are always wonderful and this was no exception. I'm a native New Yorker but I never heard of "Manhattanville" and was delighted to discover it. Kudos to you, Hank, for keeping us excited about the City!

    1 · October 20, 2013

    • linda k.

      I agree! Sorry I had to leave early but I saw areas I've never seen. And thanks Hank for creating such a nice atmosphere and for everyone who adds warmth and fun!

      1 · October 21, 2013

  • Hank O.

    Natasha and Renee, thanks for posting your great photos!

    October 20, 2013

  • Edward K.

    Enjoyed the walk very much & got to see a great view from Morningside Park & Morningside Avenue plus enjoyed the Campus of Columbia University & my thanks to Hank for the great event.

    October 19, 2013

  • luci

    Thanks Hank for another great walk.

    1 · October 19, 2013

  • Natasha

    I will not go to Paris anymore :-) We have world-class cathedrals (and world-class museums too) in our backyard! Thank you, Hank, for showing us lesser known Manhattan.

    1 · October 19, 2013

  • Toni

    Learned a lot about these neighborhoods and loved the architecture from bygone days. Thanks!

    1 · October 19, 2013

    • Hank O.

      Thanks for your comments - it was great seeing you all today!

      1 · October 19, 2013

  • Nina

    Thanks for a great tour!

    1 · October 19, 2013

  • katerina

    Excellent walk. Very informative.. great bunch of people...Thank you Hank looking forward to the next one!

    2 · October 19, 2013

  • Renee

    Great tour!

    1 · October 19, 2013

  • Elena C.

    I got off the waiting list at 10:19 and the meetup was at 10:30. Too bad I couldn't teleport there, lol. Oh well...maybe next time.

    October 19, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Just saw that I am no longer on the waiting list & I'll never make it in time. Hope someone can use the spot.

    October 19, 2013

  • PEGGY K.

    sorry about today Hank... and it did turn out a beautiful day... hope opening comes up for this............. and have a great week

    October 12, 2013

  • Ettie

    We have a great group and more importantly a great leader. Lets respect each other by not sending to all 1005 members mail of personal nature

    2 · October 12, 2013

  • Wei Z.

    I just live nearby

    October 11, 2013

  • Heather

    My new neighborhood, very excited to learn more about the history of Morningside Hts!

    October 10, 2013

  • Hank O.

    Thanks for all your comments and positive feedback! I will try to offer more meetups at a variety of days and times including some short ones in order to accommodate people with limited time.

    1 · September 11, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Hank, ignore all our whining and complaining. I, for one, appreciated all the time and effort you are putting into running this meetup. As a previous assistant organizer of another meetup, I understand what a thankless job it can be. Let me know if I can help you in any way.

    5 · September 11, 2013

    • Howard S

      I agree. Hank is doing great job, and his effort should be applauded.

      2 · September 11, 2013

    • JB

      Hank always asks for suggestions that can make this great meetup flow as smoothly as possible...So let's keep positive!

      1 · September 11, 2013

  • Joe C.

    Guess I'll have to give in, and buy a computer to carry around with me in order to get notifications before there is a waiting list......sigh.

    1 · September 10, 2013

    • JB

      Perhaps if Hank could put up the notices at different times, some of us who don't see the first one immediately will have a chance to sign up for the rest...

      2 · September 11, 2013

  • Toni

    Why do I keep getting invitations to attend after all filled? I signed up for Col. Univ. neighborhood tour over a month ago and still no date set.

    September 10, 2013

  • Edward K.

    Will update if plans change

    September 10, 2013

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