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.