Morningside Heights, on the far Upper West Side of Manhattan, is best known as the home of Columbia University. The famed institution spans from 114th to 121st Street and Broadway to Amsterdam Avenue, with its sister school Barnard just across Broadway.
As the area is also home to Teacher’s College, The Manhattan School of Music, and the Jewish Theological Seminary of Manhattan, Morningside Heights has been nicknamed ‘The Academic Acropolis.’ Consequently, faculty and students fill the surrounding blocks and many dining and shopping options conveniently cater to a student budget. Crime rates have drastically decreased over the last half-century and many young families make their homes on the quiet, tree-lined streets.
Because of its far uptown location, Morningside Heights offers competitive prices for its pre-war co-ops, with the most desirable offerings located close to the Hudson River on Riverside Drive.
The tomb of Ulysses S. Grant, the 18th President of the United States, is located in the northernmost portion of Riverside Park and open to the public during select hours. It also featured prominently - if a bit morbidly - on Groucho Marx’s show “You Bet Your Life.” Marx would often ask contestants, “Who was buried in Grant’s Tomb?” Technically, the answer is ‘no one,’ as Grant and his wife are actually entombed above ground in sarcophagi, not buried in the tomb itself.Grant Monument Association
Particular points of interest on the Beaux-Arts style campus include the Butler Library - rated one of the most beautiful college libraries in the United States - and ‘the Steps,’ a long series of granite steps leading from the upper terrace of campus to the South Field and serving as a popular gathering place for students, faculty, and visitors.Columbia University
A family-owned diner located on West 112th and Broadway, Tom’s Restaurant secured its place in the annals of pop culture as ‘the Seinfeld diner’ - exterior shots of Tom’s are used in the famous sitcom as Monk’s Cafe, where Jerry and his cohorts often ate.Tom's Restaurant
Although construction on this Gothic-style cathedral began in 1892, it remains technically unfinished to this day; nevertheless, it’s fully operational and has hosted hundreds of seminal concerts, funerals, and celebrations over the years. Many works of art, a historically notable organ, and a lovely Biblical Garden make this gorgeous structure, located on 110th Street and Amsterdam Avenue, well worth a visit.The Cathedral Church of St. John the Divine