Morningside Heights extends from 110th to 125th Street between Morningside Park to the East and the Hudson River to the West. This West Side neighborhood is home to the ivied walls of Columbia University. Columbia University is located between 114th Street and 120th Street. Morningside Heights is made up primarily of prewar co-ops, and has a variety of residents. Many students, faculty, and staff of Columbia live in the area, as do many original New Yorkers.
Known as one of the safest neighborhoods, this has been a comfortable and quiet community in the past. It is now becoming more interesting and lively with the addition of some alluring new businesses. But even though many scholarly bookstores, tasty restaurants, cafes and bars have graced Morningside Heights, it has not lost any of its charm. Bounded by two parks (Morningside and Riverside Parks), this neighborhood is home to some wonderful architecture and two magnificent churches. The gothic Riverside Church, overlooks the Hudson. This stunning beauty, with the world's largest 20-ton church bell, is a sight to behold. Also, you'll find the arresting St. John the Devine, the country's largest cathedral, and a flourishing center of community activity.
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