Morningside Park may not be the biggest park in New York City . . . but it’s certainly among the most interesting in both what it has to offer and its history. That history in a minute, but first, let’s take a virtual stroll through the park’s 13-block stretch within Morningside Heights.
Morningside Park covers some of the most beautiful terrain still visible in the City. If someone just plopped you down in front of the pond and 20-foot-high waterfall near 113th Street you might never guess you’re in an urban environment at all. (And what a story lies behind that waterfall! More later.)
Bounded on the west by Morningside Drive and the east by Manhattan Avenue, Morningside Park is long and lean and packed with scenic beauty, unexpected wildlife and plenty of places to play. The terrain drops dramatically from west to east exposing gray stone faces of cliffs that catch the rising sun (and hence the name “morning” side). Above the cliffs is the Morningside Heights neighborhood.