Nicknames for this affluent New York neighborhood include Bloomingdale Village and the Academic Acropolis of Manhattan. Comedians have even referred to the area as ‘White Harlem.’ However, one thing is certain; Morningside Heights is affluent, beautiful and immaculately designed.
Home to such scholarly institutions as Barnard College, Columbia University, Manhattan School of Music and the Teachers College, Morningside Heights offers some of the finest educational facilities in the country. What was once farmland has now given rise to affluent residential buildings and architecturally pleasing colleges and universities.
The largest gothic Cathedral in the world is found in Morningside Heights, known as St. John the Divine. Also prominent in the neighborhood are the two large parks, Morningside Park and Riverside Park.
Morningside Heights derived its name from the park that runs along the eastern edge of the area and is the first portion of the neighborhood to be lit up by the morning sun. Riverside Park boasts 266 acres of green and waterfront space. A weekly farmers market offering the finest in fresh flowers and produce takes place in Morningside Park.
The finest pre-war co-ops found in Morningside are along Riverside Drive. Here residents of the co-ops may choose from rusticated limestone to intricately designed terra-cotta statues and figurines set among the exterior of the buildings.
Reminiscent of Ancient Rome, but with a class and sophistication all of its own, Riverside Drive offers towers of luxury. These rare buildings feature spacious apartments, onsite parking garages and views of the Hudson River. Many of the buildings are landmarks themselves, as uniquely designed architecture throngs the doorways of each residential palace. Most of the buildings offer a full-service doorman, onsite laundry services, ample storage facilities and many other modern amenities.