Morningside Heights Commerce & Culture
There’s a certain sense of tranquility to Morningside Heights, a feeling undoubtedly aided by its various green spaces. In addition to the sweeping landscapes of Morningside and Riverside, Sakura Park is notable for the 2,000-plus cherry blossom trees that envelop the small expanse in snapshot-worthy flower blooms every spring. To the west, Grant’s Tomb presents an imposing, domed structure that almost feels otherworldly among Manhattan architecture—over on Columbia’s campus, the similarly domed Low Memorial Library produces much of the same awe. Along the streets and avenues, independent bookstores, low-key bars, and charming cafes foster the kind of quaint Manhattan atmosphere people have and will continue to swoon over for years. Dining out presents opportunities for continent-spanning adventures. Still, if you need a fallback plan, you can always rely on the NYC staples of fantastic pizza, bagels, and deli sandwiches.