Morningside Heights

You don’t have to be a university student to enjoy this tame and laid-back neighborhood.

College students mingle with urbanites and professionals in Morningside Heights. Thanks to nearby Columbia University, local shops and cafes often cater to a youthful crowd in this neighborhood. Diplomas aside, Morningside Heights’ riverside park offers plenty of recreational space and its simple restaurants sell cheap eats. Although this neighborhood’s coffee shops fill with studious co-eds by day, Morningside Heights’ streets tend to empty as the evening progresses.

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On the Map

Morningside Heights is within Harlem and Manhattan and bordered by Upper West Side

  • Public transit is Easy
  • Having a car is Difficult

LaGuardia Airport: 20 minutes by cab without traffic
JFK Airport: 35 minutes by cab without traffic
Wall Street / Financial District: 30 minutes by subway
Times Square: 20 minutes by subway

An Academic Outpost in Upper Manhattan

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Columbia University's student-centric activity enlivens Morningside Heights.

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Lots of students, very young neighbourhood, but definitely not stressful compared to Midtown or Downtown."

Quiet Escapes in Morningside Heights' Riverside Park

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A very safe neighborhood and very walkable. I will most likely stay there again on my return trip next year!"

denise

Visited in 2012

Photography

Airbnb works with local photographers to capture the spirit of neighborhoods all around the world. The photography on this page includes work by:

Kenn Tam is a Canadian photographer living and working in New York City's Manhattan, that specializes in portraits and street photography. And yes, he was that high school year book guy with a 50mm lens for a face.

Kenn Tam

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