Morningside Heights: From Undesirable Neighborhood with Asylums to College Town
Aujourd'hui, 23 févr. à 19:45
This Morningside Heights walk is on a scenic route filled with interesting places. I will comment on architecture/history, but you will have plenty of time to socialize with others. Cost: The cost of this event is $4 per person, which is paid at the start of the walk. This is for the organizer's Meetup preparation costs and fees. (Please read the "About Us Section" for more information regarding the $4 per person fee for each event.) This moderate-paced walk is 4 miles, with some ups and downs. The walk covers more ground & goes to more scenic places than one of my regular walking walk tours, which are usually 2 1/2 miles. Remember to bring an EXTRA LAYER OF CLOTHING. If you are registered for this walk and can't attend, please change your RSVP online from "YES" to "NO". (PLEASE READ THE "ABOUT US SECTION" FOR THE GUIDELINES REGARDING THE NO SHOW POLICY.) THERE IS NO NEED TO POST WHY YOU CAN'T MAKE THE EVENT. No young children, service animals, or pets allowed on walk w/o prior approval of organizer. No smoking, please. As what usually happens on every event, many people from the waiting list will end up on the going list. If you have a personal matter/questions, please contact John, the Event Host, through his private Meetup account. The above feature postcard, circa 1910, shows St. John the Divine that was scheduled to be completed in the early 20th century. However, St. John the Divine is still not completed in the early 21st century. According to recent comments by St. John the Divine officials, the cathedral will likely take several more centuries before it is finished. (Source Museum of the City of New York) Description: We'll walk around the side streets and in/around several institutions (including major colleges, beautiful churches, Federal landmarks, etc.) in Morningside Heights and see hidden gems, unexpected delights, neighborhood obscurities, comical sculptures, and bits & pieces of architectural salvage from buildings that were long ago torn down. We'll discuss how really unappealing the neighborhood was to live in for most of the 19th century. Some of these buildings from this time period in the 19th Century have managed to survive in the neighborhood to the present. We'll see the changes that transformed the neighborhood into a so-called "college town" or "academic acropolis" in the 20th century and look at some of the recent developments that have been shaping the neighborhood into the 21st century. Article from the Bowery Boys about Columbia University. http://www.boweryboyshistory.com/2009/09/movin-on-up-from-kings-college-to.html Digital History from Columbia University Library about St. Luke's Hospital https://mhdh.library.columbia.edu/exhibits/show/hospital/st--luke-s-hospital-moves-to-m Meeting Time: (after lunch) 1:45 PM. Meeting Place: Outside the entrance to Columbia University's Bookstore at 2922 Broadway at 115th Street. (Before the walk, restrooms are available in the Blue Java Cafe in Alfred Lerner Hall. To get the Blue Java Cafe, walk through the entrance of Columbia University at 115th Street and go to the back of Alfred Lerner Hall.) We'll also have a restroom stop along the way. Transportation: Take the No. 1 subway train to 116th Street/Broadway. (According to the MTA website, the No. 1 subway train is running normally to 116th Street on Feb. 23rd.) Finishing Time: about 5:00 PM, Finishing Place: not far from the starting point. Bad weather cancels this walk. Therefore, if it is bad weather, I'll send an email cancellation notice sometime before 10:30 AM on Saturday morning. If I don't send an email cancellation notice, I plan to be at the meeting place.