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Morningside Heights

110th to 125th Streets; Morningside to Riverside Drive

Morningside Heights is a neighborhood located in the Upper West Side of New York City, known for its rich cultural and academic history. Bordered by Harlem, Morningside Park, and the Hudson River, this neighborhood is home to a number of prestigious universities, including Columbia University and Barnard College, as well as several historic landmarks and cultural institutions.

One of the defining features of Morningside Heights is its academic presence. Columbia University, founded in 1754, is one of the oldest and most prestigious universities in the United States. The university's campus is located in the heart of the neighborhood, and it is home to a number of notable buildings, including Low Memorial Library and the Butler Library. Visitors can take a tour of the campus and learn about the university's history and mission.

Another notable academic institution in the area is Barnard College, an all-women's liberal arts college affiliated with Columbia University. Founded in 1889, Barnard is known for its strong academic programs and diverse student body. The campus is located on the border of Morningside Heights and Harlem, and it offers a variety of cultural and academic events open to the public throughout the year.

Morningside Heights is also known for its rich cultural and religious history. The neighborhood is home to several historic landmarks, including the Cathedral of Saint John the Divine, which is the largest Gothic cathedral in the world and a National Historic Landmark. Visitors can take a tour of the cathedral and learn about its history and architecture, as well as its role in the community.

Another notable cultural institution in the area is the American Museum of Natural History, one of the largest and most important natural history museums in the world. The museum is located on the Upper West Side, just outside of Morningside Heights and offers a wide variety of exhibits and programs on natural history, science, and culture.

For those looking to escape the hustle and bustle of the city, Morningside Heights also offers several green spaces for visitors to enjoy. The Morningside Park, the largest park in the neighborhood, offers a variety of recreational activities, including playgrounds.

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