Morningside Heights: From Undesirable Neighborhood with Asylums to College Town August 23 2019

Morningside Heights: From Undesirable Neighborhood with Asylums to College Town August 23 2019

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Updated on Aug 18, 2019

Morningside Heights: From Undesirable Neighborhood with Asylums to College Town

What Morningside Heights: From Undesirable Neighborhood with Asylums to College Town
When Friday, August 23, 2019
01:45 PM to 04:45 PM
By NYC/NJ Walks: Explore Architecture, Art, History & Nature
Where General Grant National Memorial

New York, NY 10027
How to find us Outside of the entrance to General Grant National Memorial
Located in NEW YORK, NY

This Morningside Heights walk is on a scenic route filled with interesting places. I'll comment on architecture/history, but you will have plenty of time to socialize with others.

Cost: The cost of this event is $4 per person, which is paid at the start of the walk. This is for the organizer's Meetup preparation costs and fees. (Please read the "About Us Section" for more information regarding the $4 per person fee for each event.)

This walk is similar to a guided walking tour with a number of stops. If you don't like to stop at a number of points of interest, then this walk is not good for you. This walk is about 2 1/2 miles with small ups and downs & moderate paced.

If you are registered for this walk and can't attend, please change your RSVP online from "YES" to "NO". (PLEASE READ THE "ABOUT US SECTION" FOR THE GUIDELINES REGARDING THE NO SHOW POLICY.)

THERE IS NO NEED TO POST WHY YOU CAN'T MAKE THE EVENT.

No young children, service animals, or pets allowed on walk w/o prior approval of organizer. No smoking, please.

As what usually happens on every event, many people from the waiting list will end up on the going list.

If you have a personal matter/questions, please contact John, the Event Host, through his private Meetup account.

The above feature postcard, circa 1910, shows St. John the Divine that was scheduled to be completed in the early 20th century. However, St. John the Divine is still not completed in the early 21st century. According to recent comments by St. John the Divine officials, the cathedral will likely take several more centuries before it is finished. (Source Museum of the City of New York)

Description:

We'll walk around the side streets and in/around several institutions (including a major college, beautiful/historic churches, a Federal landmark, etc.) in Morningside Heights and see unexpected delights, neighborhood obscurities, and bits & pieces of architectural salvage from buildings that were long ago torn down. We'll discuss how really unappealing the neighborhood was to live in for most of the 19th century. Some of these buildings from this time period in the 19th Century have managed to survive in the neighborhood to the present. We'll see the changes that transformed the neighborhood into a so-called "college town" or "academic acropolis" in the 20th century and look at some of the recent developments that have been shaping the neighborhood into the 21st century.

Morningside Heights also is the temporary & permanent home to some unexpected creatures whom we might see as we walk through the neighborhood.

Article from the Bowery Boys about Columbia University.

http://www.boweryboyshistory.com/2009/09/movin-on-up-from-kings-college-to.html

Article from Curbed NY about the Cathedral of St. John.

https://ny.curbed.com/2017/2/21/14690792/cathedral-of-st-john-the-divine-landmark-status-nyc

Meeting Time: (after lunch) 1:45 PM.

Meeting Place: Outside the entrance to General Grant National Memorial. About 122nd Street/Riverside Drive

(Before the walk, restrooms are in General Grant Nat'l Memorial's visitor center, which is to the left of the tomb OR Riverside Church directly across the street.

Transportation: Take the No. 1 subway train to 116th Street/Broadway. Walk down 116th Street 2 blocks to Riverside Drive, then walk 5 blocks north to General Grant National Memorial. You also can take No. 1 subway to 125th Street station and walk down to Riverside Drive.

Finishing Time/Place: 4:45 PM, Amsterdam Avenue/114th Street.

Bad weather cancels this walk. Therefore, if it is bad weather, I'll send an email cancellation before 10:00 AM on Friday morning. If I don't send an email cancellation, I plan to be at meeting place.

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