Discovering the Morningside Heights neighborhood

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Today we visit one of the most student neighborhoods in New York, thanks to the fact that the center is the famous Columbia University and all its colleges.

Located between Harlem and Central Park, this neighborhood of New York stands out above all for its parks and the majestic churches that we find in our path.

The tomb of General Grant

We start the route in the Tomb of General Grant, hero of the Civil War and the 18º President of the United States. The mausoleum is inspired by the tomb of Napoleon in The Invalides of Paris to make a majestic monument to Grant and his wife, with photographs and objects of his life, which we can visit for free.

Tomb of General Grant
Tomb of General Grant

The imposing Riverside church

Just opposite we found the Riverside church, spectacular beauty and recently restored. Yes, it is not easy to be allowed to enter to visit it inside, an authentic jewel, but if you go in the morning and dress properly you have more chances of getting entry. It is a pity that after the 11-S the access to its tower will be closed, from where impressive views of Harlem and Central Park were obtained.

Interior of the Riverside Church
Riverside Church

Knowing Columbia University

If we continue walking we arrive at the Columbia University, accessing it through the entrance of 116th St., you immediately find its library and the symbol of the University, the statue of Alma Mater. Around you can find the classrooms and colleges of the University. More from 90 Nobel Prizes and many American presidents have received or taught at this University, and it is without a doubt the New York's most prestigious university and one of the most prestigious universities in the world.

Columbia University
Columbia University

We finished with St. John the Divine

Going out on the other side of the site, along the 116th street, four blocks away we find the last jewel of this step, the Cathedral of St. John the Divine, the eternal unfinished cathedral, and the largest Gothic / neo-Gothic style in the United States. It has been built since the nineteenth century with the contributions of parishioners, so if the visits they will ask you for a donation to access it. Its imposing cross is quite spectacular and its beautiful stained glass windows give a special air to the cathedral, so I recommend a visit. In its interior concerts are made from time to time that are worth going, especially if you like classical music or New Age. For more than 30 years Paul Winter organizes a concert to celebrate the solstice of summer and winter, taking advantage of the entrance of light through the stained glass windows of the cathedral, which is undoubtedly a date to take into account in your calendar if you like the music of Paul Winter.

Cathedral of San Juan el Divino
Cathedral of St. John the Divine

And to continue the day ...

If we keep going down just 4 streets we are in the northwest corner of Central Park, and taking the bus M5 will allow us to quickly go down to the Mile of the Museums and to Midtown Manhattan. Another option is to make the route just the opposite of what is indicated in this article, and from the tomb of Grant continue the day realizing a visit to Harlem, which is barely four streets away.

Map of the route

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