Upper West Side’s stepchild is so perpetually overlooked that many don’t even know where it is. (For the record,
it runs from Broadway to Central Park, and from 96th Street to 110th Street.) But the nabe is slowly sloughing off its anonymity,
in part thanks to the five glassy buildings that comprise Columbus Square. The still-expanding behemoth is responsible for
710 rentals, two schools, and over 500,000 square feet of retail space, some occupied by stores that are, for better or worse,
suburban-mall in flavor. Its construction was a battle royale, with many locals fearing a loss of authenticity and affordability—and
some locals have yet to embrace the transformation. But the metamorphosis continues, inching north along Amsterdam Avenue,
which, in Buca Brick Oven Pizza and the upcoming American bistro The Neighborhood, will have more buzzy restaurants than these
parts have seen in years—if ever.
Manhattan Valley Parameters
is a neighborhood on the Upper West Side bounded by West 110th Street to the north, Central Park West to the east, West 96th
Street to the south, and Broadway to the west.
Morningside Heights is a neighborhood of the Borough of Manhattan in New York City and is chiefly known as the home of institutions
such as Columbia University, Teachers College, Barnard College, the Manhattan School of Music, Bank Street College of Education,
"Grant's Tomb", the Cathedral of Saint John the Divine, the Riverside Church, the Broadway Presbyterian Church,
Union Theological Seminary in the City of New York, Jewish Theological Seminary of America,Interchurch Center and St. Luke's
Many consider Morningside Heights to be part of the Upper West Side. However, it has
been described as part of "Greater Harlem". Many sources have the Upper West Side going no farther north than 110th
Street. Morningside Heights is bounded by Morningside Park to the east, Harlem to the north, and Riverside Park to the west.
The streets that form its boundaries are 110th Street on the south, Riverside Drive on the west, 125th Street on the north,
and Morningside Drive to the east. The main thoroughfare is Broadway. With the recent gentrification of Bloomingdale, the
neighborhood immediately to the south of Morningside Heights, the southern boundary of this region is sometimes stretched
to 106th Street and at times even 96th Street.
The neighborhood has also been referred to
as a "college town" within New York City, the "Academic Acropolis", the "Acropolis of New York",
and "Bloomingdale Village."
Morningside Heights Parameters
Morningside Heights is bounded by Morningside Park to the east, Harlem to the
north, and Riverside Park to the west. The streets that form its boundaries are 110th Street on the south, Riverside Drive
on the west, 125th Street on the north, and Morningside Drive to the east.