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The vibrant Morningside Heights neighborhood, where you'll find the main campus of sprawling Columbia University, has the energy and spirit of a college town, which puts a great demand on Morningside Heights apartments and co-ops in the area. Traditionally bordered by 110th Street to the south, 125th Street to the north, and from Morningside Park to the Hudson River running east to west, Morningside Heights has expanded in recent years has the Columbia-fueled housing boom and concurrent gentrification. When looking for NY apartments in a beautiful Upper Manhattan neighborhood, the Morningside Heights area cannot be missed. In addition to the schools of Columbia University—Columbia, Barnard, and Teachers Colleges, among others-- the Morningside Heights neighborhood is also home to several other renowned New York City institutions and landmarks, including the beautiful and imposing Riverside Church, the Bank Street College of Education, the Manhattan School of Music, Grant's Tomb, the Union Theological Seminary and the Jewish Theological Seminary, and the world's largest gothic cathedral in the world (and fourth-largest Christian church), the Cathedral of Saint John the Divine, which has been in a continual state of construction from 1892 until the present day (hence its nickname, St. John the Unfinished). Given the large proportion of students and young academic types renting Morningside Heights apartments, there are, unsurprisingly, lots of good, cheap restaurants and nightlife options to be found in the area. For excellent, ingredient-driven food (and one of the best brunches in all of New York City), there's Community Food and Juice. Notorious Morningside Heights establishments include The West End, where Allen Ginsberg and Jack Kerouac drank and philosophized as Columbia undergraduates, which is now Havana Central at the West End and serves credible Cuban dishes. Rack and Soul has perhaps the best fried chicken in town (also: great ribs), while nearby Max Soha serves great inexpensive Italian, and V&T packs them in its first-rate pizza pies. The restaurant Symposium has been around forever, popular for both its classic Greek specialties and throw-back, hippie-ish décor. Then, there's Tom's Diner, made famous first by Suzanne Vega's song, and later as Seinfeld and crew's hang out.

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  • Barnard College
  • Ps 125 Ralph Bunche School
  • Ps 154 Harriet Tubman School
  • Ps 180 Hugo Newman School
  • Ps 36 Margaret Douglas School
  • Ps/is 223 Mott Hall


  • Broadway Malls
  • Garden Of Love
  • Hancock Park
  • Lafayette Square
  • Morningside Park
  • Old Croton Aqueduct Gatehouse
  • Playground One Twenty Five Cxxv
  • Sakura Park
  • West 111Th St. People's Garden

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