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Morningside Heights, New York City

Updated on February 7, 2017
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Peace Fountain at Children's Sculpture Garden Adjacent to St. John the Divine
Peace Fountain at Children's Sculpture Garden Adjacent to St. John the Divine | Source

Our Tour of the Morningside Heights Neighborhood of New York City

Morningside Heights is located on the Northwest side of the borough of Manhattan. It is sometimes considered to be part of greater Harlem.

We took a bus tour of Harlem which included the area known as Morningside Heights. If you love beautiful architecture, gardens, churches and sculptures you will love our tour.

What is located in there? Columbia University, Grant's Tomb, Cathedral of St. John the Divine and oh so much more.I

Sit back and enjoy my photos and take a mini tour of the area.

Map Showing The Location of Morningside Heights

Map showing Morningside Heights
Map showing Morningside Heights | Source

On this map, Harlem is the area designated by the dotted black outline. Morningside Heights which is sometimes considered part of greater Harlem, lies to the southeast with views of the Hudson River. I have circled it for clarity.

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The Cathedral Church Of St. John The Divine - A House of Prayer For All People

Front of St-Johns-the-Divine
Front of St-Johns-the-Divine | Source

St. John The Divine


Saint John The Divine is an Episcopal Church, however, you will see "A house of prayer for all people" on St. John's literature. The church welcomes people of all faiths and denominations. When we visited, there was a menorah alongside the choir area.

Once inside you will marvel at the size of the cathedral. It is the largest Gothic cathedral in the United States. The stone work, woodwork and stained glass windows are amazing.

The cathedral is considered unfinished and it is estimated it will take another 200 years to finish. The church is being built entirely with donations and it will take that long to get the money to finish it.

Check Out Some More Photos of the Cathedral of St. John's The Divine

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Side of Front EntranceA different view of the front entralOne of many stained glass windows.  Many have tapestries hung beneath themLooking toward the front of the church from insideOne of two side chapels.The stone pulpitA view of the altarBeyond the altarA view of all the front doors
Side of Front Entrance
Side of Front Entrance | Source
A different view of the front entral
A different view of the front entral | Source
One of many stained glass windows.  Many have tapestries hung beneath them
One of many stained glass windows. Many have tapestries hung beneath them | Source
Looking toward the front of the church from inside
Looking toward the front of the church from inside | Source
One of two side chapels.
One of two side chapels. | Source
The stone pulpit
The stone pulpit | Source
A view of the altar
A view of the altar | Source
Beyond the altar
Beyond the altar | Source
A view of all the front doors
A view of all the front doors | Source

Adjacent to and part of the Cathedral of St. John the Divine, is the Children's Sculpture Garden.

The Children's Sculpture Garden

Peach Sculpture in The Children's Sculpture Garden adjacent to St. John The Divine church
Peach Sculpture in The Children's Sculpture Garden adjacent to St. John The Divine church | Source

Peach Sculpture

The central sculpture depicts the triumph of good over evil.

Surrounding the main statue and around the outside perimeter are sculptures created by New York City school children. The Ring of Freedom is a rope like sculpture with statues at intervals. All of these was made by children in the lower grades. The outside sculptures were made by the upper grades.

Examples of the Sculptures in the Ring of Freedom and Around the Walk

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Monkey sculpture made by a lower grade studentRam sculpture made by lower grade studenRing of Freedom plaqueList of child sculptorsA sculpture made a higher grade studentOn the side center of the Ring of Freedom, is a larger sculpture, representing Noah's ArkUnder Noah's Ark is this inscription
Monkey sculpture made by a lower grade student
Monkey sculpture made by a lower grade student | Source
Ram sculpture made by lower grade studen
Ram sculpture made by lower grade studen | Source
Ring of Freedom plaque
Ring of Freedom plaque | Source
List of child sculptors
List of child sculptors | Source
A sculpture made a higher grade student
A sculpture made a higher grade student | Source
On the side center of the Ring of Freedom, is a larger sculpture, representing Noah's Ark
On the side center of the Ring of Freedom, is a larger sculpture, representing Noah's Ark | Source
Under Noah's Ark is this inscription
Under Noah's Ark is this inscription | Source

And then we went to the adjacent northern end of Central Park.

Harlem-Meer
Harlem-Meer | Source

Harlem Meer


Harlem Meer is a lake located on the Northern most end of Central Park. It is a stocked catch and release fish pond.

"Meer" means "lake" in German.


This end of Central Park is the Conservancy Garden.

It is a planted garden.

There is a French Garden, an English Garden and an Italian Garden

French Garden in Central Park, New York City

The Conservancy Garden-Central-Park
The Conservancy Garden-Central-Park | Source

English Garden - Inspired by "The Secret Garden" a classic children's book

The English Garden in Central Park, NY
The English Garden in Central Park, NY | Source

Sculpture donated by Frances Hodgson Burnett (November 1849 - October 1924) to the children of the City of New York.

She is the author of "Little Lord Fauntleroy" and "The Secret Garden". The fountain and garden represent the Secret Garden.

The Italian Garden

Italian Garden, Central Park, New York, NY
Italian Garden, Central Park, New York, NY | Source

Wisteria vines on trellis in background. Rows of crab apple trees line both sides and separate the French, English and Italian gardens. One row of crab apples is pink, the other is white, when in bloom.

Under the Crab Apple Trees - Rows of Crab Apple Trees Separate the French, English and Italian Gardens.

Crabapple-Trees-Central-Park
Crabapple-Trees-Central-Park | Source

Our tour guide told us that one row has white blossoms and one row has pink blossoms in the Spring. When you walk under the trees in bloom, you are walking on a bed a of petals, being showered by petals.

© 2012 Ellen Gregory

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      Mary Norton 4 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      I was in New York last summer and really enjoyed my walks there. Great pictures.

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      Pete Schultz 4 years ago

      I enjoyed a visit to Morningside Heights, and learning a bit more about NYC, Thanks.

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      getmoreinfo 4 years ago

      Thanks for the tour on Morningside Heights, New York City and the photos are great.

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      WriterJanis2 4 years ago

      I loved all of your beautiful photos. They look so professional.

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      Marika 4 years ago from Cyprus

      Wow some beautiful places!