Why They Call it Morningside

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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.

Cathedral of Saint John the Divine

Morninside Park

Morningside Park

Morningside Avenue

The  Monterey, 351 West 114th Street


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



Morningside Heights Listings

related articles:

NY Times Streetscapes: The Monterey: A Charmer That Was Ahead of Its Time

Lafayette Square

Morningside Park

Oh What a beautiful Morning in Morningside Park

Friday Foto's Morningside Park, The Monterey

Morningside Heights

Manhattan Avenue


Upper West Side

Courtesy of:

Mitchell Hall, Associate Broker, The Corcoran Group Real Estate

I make buying and selling Real Estate pleasant and stress free... Just like a walk in the Park!


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Ruthmarie Hicks
Keller Williams NY Realty - 120 Bloomingdale Road #101, White Plains NY 10605 - White Plains, NY

I used to work near Morningside Heights at Presbyterian Hospital.  I have great affection for the area.  Good luck with the listing...

Jul 15, 2010 09:57 AM #1
Patricia Kennedy
RLAH Real Estate - Washington, DC
Home in the Capital

Mitch, during all my years living in New York, I never made it up to that park!  I'll have to make it a point on my next visit.  And thanks for the link love!

Jul 15, 2010 11:36 AM #2
Don Eichler
Eichler Properties - Granbury, TX

Mitch, Good history lesson and very good pictures of the area.  That building looks like it would be a neat place to live.  Good luck on the listing but we know that it is not luck but hard work by a very good agent.

Jul 16, 2010 10:06 AM #3
J. Philip Faranda
J. Philip Faranda (J. Philip R.E. LLC) Westchester County NY - Briarcliff Manor, NY


Ann went to Columbia and would love this post. I'll have to get her the link. Great photos. Next time put up a photo of Tom's for us! 

Jul 18, 2010 02:06 AM #4
Ellen Caruso
Daniel Gale Sotheby's International Realty - Glen Head, NY

I am a New Yorker and although I've heard about Morningside Park/Heights before, I never new the names history.

It gives new meaning to me, thanks!

Jul 19, 2010 04:31 AM #5
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