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By Mitchell Hall | Broker in New York, NY

Why They Call It Morningside

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

Available Pre-war (circa 1892) 3 Bedroom on Morningside Park at The Monterey

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Mitchell Hall, Associate Broker, The Corcoran Group Real Estate

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By Jennifer Fivelsdal,  Mon Mar 28 2011, 18:52
Mitchelll I always learn something about NYC from your Blog.

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