I just read a post by one of my favorite bloggers Why they call it Rock Creek by Patricia Kennedy, Washington D.C.'s quintessential REALTOR®. Earlier in the day I learned why they call it Morningside Park and Morningside Heights.
What's in a name?
The area that is now Morningside park was described as "inconvenient for use" by a city surveyor in 1867, meaning difficult to build property on, so it was made into a park, which was called "Morning-side park" because its east facing slope catches the morning sun. The neighborhood that developed around the park became Morningside Heights.
For many years, the Cathedral of Saint John the Divine, tried to get people to call the area Cathedral Heights, but was unsuccessful. The Cathedral, built before the impact of skyscrapers was intended to tower over the city. It does not, but West 110th Street is called Cathedral Parkway.
I currently have a 3 Bedroom exclusive listing at The Monterey (circa 1892) on Morningside Park. The morning sun is fabulous from the eastern exposures. The buildings that were built around the park were the first buildings in NYC to have 24 hour passenger elevators.
351 West 114th Street
Manhattan and Morningside Avenues
I make buying and selling Real Estate pleasant and stress free... Just like a walk in the Park!