Morningside Heights


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Just above the Upper West Side’s Manhattan Valley and just below Harlem sits Manhattan’s college town: Morningside Heights (though don’t expect any football fields, the sports complex of Morningside’s major university is up in Inwood). Running above 103rd Street through 125th street, from Riverside Drive at the west and Morningside Drive on the east, the neighborhood is also bordered by Riverside Park and Morningside Park, making it a nice oasis of green spaces. The neighborhood is probably best known for housing Columbia University. The campus at 116th St and Broadway takes up several city blocks with dorms, libraries, classrooms, and administrative building. Also in the neighborhood is Barnard College, Manhattan School of Music, and the Jewish Theological Seminary of America, making Morningside Heights a mini college town. But you don’t have to be a student (or professor) to live in Morningside! The blocks are full of cute cafes, like Hungarian Coffee shop, which offers free refills for intellectuals hovering over books and papers. Many other quick eateries, catering to budgeting students, are also in the area, with cuisines from Malaysian to Cuban to Ethiopian to Middle Eastern all offering great bites in the neighborhood. The Cathedral of Saint John the Divine, located on Amsterdam Avenue and 110th St is the largest cathedral in North America. Peek inside for a free tour and admire the art and stained class that adorn the church. A garden in back is also home to an albino peacock, and offers a peaceful recluse in the city. The 1 train runs up Broadway through Morningside Heights, and the B, D trains run up the eastern part of the neighborhood. The M104 bus also runs along Broadway and the M60 bus goes express to Laguardia Airport. By: Melissa Kravitz

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Rental Prices:

$1,600 ― $2,500

Sales Prices:

$382,000 ― $594,000


Grant's Tomb, Riverside Church, Cathedral of St. John the Divine

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  • merbear
    February 2nd 2015
    Go to Hungarian for an essential Columbia experience!
  • dikar
    January 14th 2015
    A good blend of students, faculty, singles, families, professionals. Many of the shops and restaurants cater to the school communities of Columbia University, The Mannas School of Music and Bloomingdale School of Music. This past decade has seen in influx of professional families who want the large apartments but with lower prices than "downtown." There are no upscale restaurants but many excellent places to dine with moderate prices and good ambience. Some of my favorites are Pisticci, which is all green(has its olives flown in from Naples every Wednesday) and has the feeling of an Italian living room. I often of to their free jazz on Sunday. Sometimes I go to Community Food and Juice (if i can get a table) for a seasonal organic breakfast. It's also great for dinner. Ive had some excellent dinners at La Monde, a neighborhood French bistro. The nightlife is not like it is downtown but there is a fair amount of bars and musical venues open late.
  • Kelly
    October 7th 2014
    Beautiful but not much night life if you ask me.
  • sophie
    June 4th 2014
    Close to Columbia and somewhat of a college-focused neighborhood. You can get an Upper West Side feel with a lower priced apartment.

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