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Neighborhood Profiles
Morningside Heights

The Union Theological Seminary with Teacher's College in the background. (Photo courtesy of
Apartment Prices
Studio/1BR $150K-$350K $180K-$425K
2BR $300K-$600K $400K-$700K
Family Apt. $850K-$2.5M $880K-$2.5M
Studio/1BR $1,200-$2,000 $900-$2,300
2BR $1,800-$2,500 $2,500-$3,200
Family Apt. $1,900-$3,300 $3,500-$5,000
Real Estate Listings
Off-site listings
Coldwell Banker Hunt Kennedy
Harlem Homes
Harlem Shops Directory
THE BASICS: “Many buyers are affiliated with Columbia or St. Luke’s, or they’re families priced out of the downtown market who need the space,” says Barbara Good, Halstead Property senior vice-president. The area is also popular with first-time buyers, who come for the reasonably priced one-bedrooms: “A lot of Columbia students buy around here, or rather, their parents buy for them,” says Ann Guttman of Coldwell Banker Hunt Kennedy.

WHAT'S NEW: There are few recent conversions in the area—not counting the twelve-story faculty-housing-and-prep-school complex Columbia is building on 110th Street and the post-doc housing that’s springing up at 103rd and Broadway. That said, you’ll find newly renovated, high-end co-ops in the Manhasset, the mansard-topped building that occupies an entire block of Broadway between 108th and 109th Streets, selling for top market prices.

BARGAIN HUNTING: To find the best deals, head east of Broadway and west of Central Park West. You can also score in the non-doorman buildings from 121st to 123rd Streets.

HOT SPOTS: On Amsterdam Avenue, Max Soha serves up old-school Italian. For French-Caribbean, head to A Café on Columbus Avenue. Silver Moon Bakery is the local go-to for tarts and other buttery treats. If you like your music loud, the Ding Dong Lounge on Columbus Avenue features live punk.

PREDICTION: This area, newly colonized by Upper West Siders escaping to the north, felt last year’s drop-off. But one-bedrooms are selling well, says Guttman. (Must be all those Columbia grads.) Riverside Drive’s big prewar buildings with views of the Hudson tend to hold their value best. Columbia’s incentives for staff to move toward Harlem may boost prices to the east.

— Profile from the March 10, 2003 cover story of New York Magazine

In Our Archive

Best of New York: Above 103rd (March 25, 2002)
Real Estate 2001: Upper Upper West Side (March 12, 2001)

The Schools

Offsite resources

Elementary and Middle Schools
Community School District 5

Community School District 6

High Schools

Wadleigh Secondary School

Thurgood Marshall Academy (in PDF format)

School Report Cards
District 5 School Report Cards

District 6 School Report Cards


Offsite resources

Weekly Crime Stats (in PDF format)
Precinct 26, (Morningside Heights, Hamilton Heights, West Harlem, and Manhattanville): 520 West 126th Street, 212-678-1311 (Adobe Acrobat PDF file).

The Scene

Max SoHo: Old-school Italian.

More Restaurants above 103rd

Ding Dong Lounge: If you're looking for some live punk.

Smoke Jazz Club and Lounge: Feels more like a living room than like a club, providing intimate comfort and some of the finest acoustics you'll find anywhere.

SoHa: A dark, dusty lounge "South of Harlem" for casual gatherings and cheap drinks.

More Bars

Bank Street Bookstore: A full-time, completely knowledgeable staff run this children's bookstore.

Neighborhood Websites

Offsite resources

General A terrific resource with neighborhood news, links to outside news coverage of the Heights, photos and historical information, maps, listings of retailers and restaurateurs, and an extensive set of brokers' sites.

Friends of Morningside Park: Run by a group dedicated to preserving the park, it's a pretty basic site with photos and information on everything from dog runs to the next volunteers meeting.

District Profile - Official government site with census data for the neighborhood.

GoCityKids - Morningside Heights: A parent's guide to restaurants, shops, services, and entertainment with kids.

Local Institutions
They are often the center of community activity. Check sites for events and neighborhood information.

Columbia University and Barnard College

Riverside Church

Cathedral of St. John the Divine

Riverside Park- A virtual tour of Riverside Park, with maps, photos, and info about the sites.

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