A riverside park and simple restaurants cater to university students toward the top of Manhattan.
College students mingle with urbanites and professionals in Morningside Heights. Thanks to nearby Columbia University, local shops and cafes often cater to a youthful crowd in this neighborhood. Diplomas aside, Morningside Heights’ riverside park offers plenty of recreational space and its simple restaurants sell cheap eats. Although this neighborhood’s coffee shops fill with studious co-eds by day, Morningside Heights’ streets tend to empty as the evening progresses.
Morningside Heights is within Harlem and Manhattan and bordered by Upper West Side
LaGuardia Airport: 20 minutes by cab without traffic
JFK Airport: 35 minutes by cab without traffic
Wall Street / Financial District: 30 minutes by subway
Times Square: 20 minutes by subway
Manhattanville (also known as West Harlem or West Central Harlem) is a neighborhood in the New York City borough of Manhattan bordered on the north and south by West 134th Street and West 122nd Street, respectively; on the west by Morningside Park and on the east by Adam Clayton Powell Jr. Boulevard. Other sources show the neighborhood bordered on the north and south by West 135th Street and West 123rd Street, respectively; on the west by the Hudson River and on the east by the campus of City College.
Throughout the 19th century, Manhattanville bustled around a wharf active with ferry and daily river conveyances. It was the first station on the Hudson River Railroad running north from the city, and the hub of daily stage coach, omnibus and streetcar lines. Situated near the famous Bloomingdale Road, its hotels, houses of entertainment and post office made it an alluring destination of suburban retreat from the city, yet its direct proximity to the Hudson River also made it an invaluable industrial entry point for construction materials and other freight bound for upper Manhattan. With the construction of road and railway viaducts over the valley in which the town sat, Manhattanville, increasingly absorbed into the growing city, became a marginalized industrial area.
In the early 2000s, the neighborhood became the site of a major planned expansion of Columbia University, which has campuses in Morningside Heights to the south and Washington Heights to the north.