Morningside Heights

The Neighborhood

Morningside Heights is bounded by 125th St to the north, 110th St to the south, the Hudson River to the west, and Morningside Park to the east. You are conveniently located at the southwest corner of Upper Manhattan, with Harlem’s historic theaters, landmarks, parks, and restaurant row to the North, and the family-friendly Upper West Side to the South. Morningside Heights is easily accessible from the 1 train, which can take you to midtown and below in 20-30 minutes. Historical Landmarks here include Grant’s Tomb, located at W.122nd St and Riverside Drive. The area is best known for its abundance of college and universities: Columbia University, Teachers College, Barnard College, the Manhattan School of Music, Bank Street College of Education, the Cathedral of Saint John the Divine, the Riverside Church, Union Theological Seminary in the City of New York, Jewish Theological Seminary of America, Interchurch Center and St. Luke’s Hospital.

What To Do

Parks and Recreation

Parks and Recreation

Running along the west side of Morningside Heights is Riverside Park, which features a running/biking trail along the Hudson Greenway. Visitors can enjoy tennis courts, skate parks, dog parks, waterfront access points, and an abundance of places to sit and enjoy the peace and quiet. General Grant’s National Memorial (West 122nd street at RSD) is part of the The National Parks of New York Harbor, a park service that manages several natural, cultural, historical and recreational sites throughout the New York City area. Kids can join the Junior Ranger program and get a national park badge. The park is open 7 days a week, but the tomb itself is open for guided or self tours Wednesday to Sunday!

Located between the Riverside Church and Riverside Park, Sakura Park (500 Riverside Drive) is home to an abundance of cherry blossom trees, originally delivered to New York from Japan in 1912. It is a quiet, beautiful park -- and with its picturesque cherry blossoms and gazebo, it is often used for weddings and photo shoots. It has a great playground and lots of benches, and there is even a Sakura Park festival that takes place at the end of summer.

You’re also a stone’s throw from Morningside Park (110th to 123rd Street from Morningside Drive to Morningside Ave). Built on a steep incline, this park features multiple playgrounds nestled at the bottom of its cliff-like hillside. Winding paths bordered with flowers and trees lead to a cascading waterfall, across from which local teams play on baseball fields. Parents bring their children to play and learn in the park’s after-school program, and on Saturdays local farmers sell their goods in an outdoor market.

Shopping

Shopping

For fresh produce and groceries available 24/7, check out the Westside Market on Broadway and 110th—come here for your weekly shopping or your late night snack! Across from Columbia’s beautiful main campus at 115th and Broadway, Morton William’s Grocery is there for ease and convenience. On Amsterdam at 120th, Apple Tree Market is a great spot for build-your-own salads and sandwiches, an extensive hot bar and other gourmet grocery finds. At 125th between Broadway and Amsterdam, you’ll find C-Town Supermarket, a one-stop-shop for all of your grocery needs.

Morningside Heights is full of independently owned shops—snacks, pampering, home repairs, and more are just outside your door. Check out some of our favorites below, and go exploring to find some faves of your own! For a wide selection of reading materials, gifts and other specialty items, Book Culture (112th btw Amsterdam and Broadway) is the place to go. With special events for book releases and parties, it is much more than just a bookshop!

Arts and Attractions

Arts and Attractions

The Miller Theatre at Columbia University (2960 Broadway) offers a wide variety of programming throughout the year, including theatre, music, comedy, improv and special guest speakers. Their mission is to provide a venue for new music, and encourage audiences to experience something innovative!

Apollo Theater (125th/8th) is one of the oldest and most famous music halls in the United States, and was the home of “Showtime at the Apollo,” a nationally syndicated television variety show. Don’t miss the amateur nights at the Apollo to find the next big star.

The Studio Museum in Harlem (125th/7th) is focused on supporting African American visual, literary, and performing artists through exhibits, artists-in-residence, and a variety of other programs. The Manhattan School of Music (120 Claremont Avenue), of which several Bohemians are alumni, is a wonderful resource for classical, jazz, opera and music theatre performance. They have a full schedule throughout the year including masterclasses, chamber music, student recitals, orchestral and symphonic performances, educational outreach and more.

Hex & Company (2871 Broadway) is uptown’s first board game cafe and the largest one in New York City! A collaboration between The Brooklyn Strategist and The Uncommons, Hex & Co creates a great social space for all communities to play. Their library has over 1500 games, the café has excellent coffee and delicious snacks, and they offer after school programs as well as school-break and summer camps for kids.

The Cathedral of St John the Divine (1047 Amsterdam Av) is a true gem of Morningside Heights. With over 30 services a week, an active soup kitchen that serves over 25,000 of our city’s hungry, and a Textile Conservation Lab, it is also a widely used venue for concerts and classical music performances! In addition, they offer guided tours, special organ demonstrations, and guided discussions on a wide range of topics.

Fitness

Fitness

Open to students, faculty, alumni, and affiliates (Union Theological Seminary, Jewish Theological Seminary, Manhattan School of Music, St. Luke’s Hospital, Bank Street College, St. John the Divine, Riverside Church), the Dodge Physical Fitness Center (3030 Broadway) features a pool, basketball courts, running track, weights and other fitness equipment. Basic membership also includes towel and locker service!

My Gym Harlem (123rd Street/Saint Nicholas Avenue) is the place to go for a unique fitness experience for the entire family. My Gym’s facility and program is designed to build physical fitness and cognitive development for children aged 6 weeks-10 years of age through a cohesive program comprised of dance, music, sports, games, gymnastics and more. Kids will have a blast while also building social skills and confidence.

Also, check out New York Sports Club (124th Street and Frederick Douglass Blvd) for your work out needs.

Where to Eat & Drink

Restaurants and Nightlife

Restaurants and Nightlife

In the mood for a creative burger, craft beer and a boozy milkshake? Mel’s Burger Bar (Broadway and 110th) has you covered. Customizable, unique burger combinations, an extensive beer list and their signature boozy milkshakes make this a great spot for happy hour, birthday parties or a casual weeknight dinner. Head to Tom’s Restaurant (Broadway and 112th) for a look at the iconic storefront, featuring a big menu with classic diner fare.

Toast Uptown (Broadway between La Salle and Tiemann) is a great place to get a solid, affordable meal, or meet friends for happy hour. Gather for a drink after a performance at Manhattan School of Music, or watch whatever game you’d like to see on one of their many TV screens!

Love craft beer? Love the arts and craft design movement? Then the Arts and Crafts Bar (1135 Amsterdam Ave) is for you! Sit in comfortable mission style furniture while sipping an extra hoppy craft brew. The rooftop bar at The Heights Bar and Grill (Broadway between 112th and 113th) is a great spot to grab a bite with friends, enjoy happy hour and people watch above the bustling Columbia University foot traffic of Broadway.

Transportation

 Trains, Buses, and Cabs

Trains, Buses, and Cabs

The 1 Train runs along Broadway and makes stops at 110th, 116th, and 125th St.

The M5 bus runs north and south along Riverside Drive. The M60 bus starts at 105th and Broadway and runs along Broadway and Amsterdam Ave and heads east along 125th St to Laguardia Airport. The M4 bus runs along Broadway and then turns at 110th Street crosstown. The M11 bus heads north on Amsterdam Ave.