Morningside Heights

Morningside Heights in Manhattan

What makes Teachers College different from other graduate schools? Its location in the heart of the major urban center in America and its close contact with the institutions of New York City give the College vibrancy. The wide-ranging expertise of the College's faculty offers students a plethora of philosophies from which each student can form a personal point of view. And, especially, the interplayamong theory and practice, the world of the mind, and the world of real work with real people, children, adolescents and adults, makes Teachers College the one-of-a-kind institution that it is.

Teachers College is a vibrant and integrated part of the Morningside Heights section of New York City. The campus consists of 5 residence halls and 8 interconnected buildings. Take time to explore the campus and neighborhood and to admire the Gothic architecture dating back to the early 19th century. Whether you are a part-time or full-time student, we encourage you to become familiar with not only campus, but also the entire neighborhood.

Morningside Heights is situated about 60 blocks north of midtown, on Broadway, between 110th and 125th Street. This is also home to a number of other leading educational and cultural institutions, including Barnard College, Union Theological Seminary and the main campus of Columbia University. For this reason, many turn-of-the-century newspaper reports hailed Morningside Heights as "America's Acropolis." The Heights is a dynamic, exciting neighborhood. Once characterized by bodegas and mom-and-pop stores of all varieties, the Heights (to the consternation of some and the joy of others) has taken on a new character. Designer clothing stores, gourmet food shops, and moderate to expensive restaurants featuring an international range of cuisines are replacing the old time shops and stores.

Harlem embraces the area north of Morningside Heights up to 151st and west of Fifth Avenue. Harlem is home to entertainment centers like the famous Apollo Theater and historical sites such as Grant's Tomb. Visit the St. Nicholas Historical District and New York's oldest black church, Abyssinian Baptist. This community is the center of African-American history and culture, stretching from West 125th on the west side to 100th Street on the east side and extending north to the Bronx. It is one of New York's most important neighborhoods, featuring a wide array of historic churches, theaters, clubs, and homes. It has served as the home to a number of African-American activists like W. E. B. Du Bois, Walter White, Roy Wilkins, and the Rev. Adam Clayton Powell Sr.; writers like Langston Hughes, Ralph Ellison, and Zora Neale Hurston; musicians like Paul Robeson and Cab Calloway; and professionals like Thurgood Marshall, the first African-American to become a United States Supreme Court justice.

Barnard College, an undergraduate women’s college, was founded in 1889 and has been affiliated with Columbia University since 1898. Barnard’s library is open to TC students. The campus is located across Broadway, parallel to the main campus of Columbia.

Union Theological Seminary was founded in 1836 by the “New Light” Presbyterians. The Seminary broke its ties with the Presbyterian Church in 1892 and has remained independent since. Union’s Burke Library (to which TC students have full access) is one of the world’s finest theological libraries with over 600,000 holdings. Its campus is located on Broadway across from Horace Mann and occupies two blocks between West 120th St. and West 122nd St.

Jewish Theological Seminary was founded in 1887 and is a focus of the Conservative Jewish movement in the United States, a center for Jewish scholarship, and a training institute for rabbis and cantors. The library, like that at Union, is world famous for the size and completeness of its collection. The campus of Jewish Theological Seminary is located one block north of TC, on West 122nd St., between Broadway and Amsterdam Ave. Venture to its cafeteria for a delicious kosher meal.

Manhattan School of Music (MSM) was founded in 1917 and moved to its current location (previously occupied by Julliard School of Music) in 1969. MSM has long had a reputation as being one of the finest music conservatories in the nation. The members of the American String Quartet are permanent artists-in-residence; other world- renowned artists offer master classes. MSM regularly schedules concerts and operatic productions of outstanding quality. These performances — many of them free — contribute greatly to life in the Heights.

Bank Street College of Education is located on West 112th St., off Broadway. For more than eighty years, Bank Street College of Education has been one of the leaders in child-centered education. Bank Street’s mission is to discover the environments in which children grow and learn to their full potential, and to educate teachers and others to create these environments. Composed of a Graduate School of Education, a model School for Children, an onsite Family Center, a Division of Continuing Education, and a Publications and Media Group, Bank Street influences thousands of children, youths, parents, and educators throughout the United States and abroad.

The Cathedral of St. John the Divine at West 112th St. and Amsterdam Ave., is the seat of the Episcopal Diocese of Manhattan. St. John’s is the largest Neo-Gothic cathedral in the world. The Cathedral is the site for many outstanding concerts, performances, and art exhibits. There is a small gift shop/ bookstore that is worth investigating.

The Interchurch Center is located at West 120th St. between Claremont and Riverside Drive. Constructed in 1958, the American headquarters of many Protestant denominations as well as the National Council of Churches are located here. A small art gallery is located off the main entrance. An ATM is located on the main floor of the Claremont entrance. Visit the cafeteria for delicious meal options that are both inexpensive and abundant in variety.

Riverside Church is located at West 120th St. and Riverside Drive. It was erected with the financial support of the Rockefellers. A trip to the top of Riverside’s tower is only $15.00 and offers one of the best views of the city.

Grant’s Tomb is just across the street from Riverside Church. President Ulysses S. Grant and his wife are entombed there above ground. There is also a small museum dealing with his life and career. On his birthday, April 27, cadets from West Point provide a small ceremony complete with rifle volleys.

Apple Tree Supermarket
1225 Amsterdam (at West 120th St.)
(212) 865-8840

2135 Broadway (at West 75th St.)
(212) 874-0383

560 West 125th St. (between Amsterdam and Broadway)
(212) 662-2388

Fairway Supermarket
2127 Broadway (at 74th St.)
(212) 595-1888

H Mart Supermarket
2828 Broadway (at West 110th St.)
(646) 952-0442

Hamilton Food Store (specializes in health food)
1129 Amsterdam (near West 116th St.)
(212) 749-8924

2187 Frederick Douglass Blvd. (at 118th St)
(888) 654-3515

Met Foods
1316 Amsterdam (between West 123rd and La Salle St.)
(212) 662-1644

Milano Market
2892 Broadway (at West 113th St.)
(212) 665-9500

Morton Williams
2491 Broadway (at 115th St.)
(212) 666-4190

Trader Joe’s Upper West Side
670 Columbus Ave. (at 93rd St.)
(212) 678-1680

Westside Market NYC
2840 Broadway (at 110th St.)
(212) 222-3367

Whole Foods Market Upper West Side
808 Columbus Ave. (at 97th St.)
(212) 222-6160

2245 Broadway (at West 80th St.)
(212) 787-2000

The Shuttle provides service to and from the Studebaker building and the Morningside Campus. Employees and students of TC may travel, free of charge, between the Morningside Campus and the Health Sciences Campus by presenting their Teachers College ID. Travel time is an estimated 15 minutes. The shuttle runs on the same schedule year round, except for holidays. During the summer, there is no service after 8 p.m.

The evening shuttle bus service within Morningside Heights is free for members of the Columbia community who present a valid Columbia University or Harlem Hospital identification card. The service covers a route consisting of thirteen designated stops between 108th St. and 125th St. A 15-passenger van driven by a security officer will depart every half-hour from 7 p.m. to 11 p.m. (on call until 2 a.m., call 212-854-SAFE) from the northeast corner of 116th St. and Amsterdam Ave. All suggestions, comments, and complaints should be directed to Crime Prevention at (212) 854-8513, 101 Low Library.

Shuttle Stops: The shuttle picks up and drops off passengers at the following locations: in front of the Milstein Pavilion at the Health Sciences Campus (HS); on Lenox Ave. and West 136th St. at the Harlem Hospital Center (HH); and at the main gates at Broadway and West 116th St. on the Morningside Campus. For more information, visit the Columbia Transportation website.

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