Morningside Depths: Lunatics, Orphans, and the 1890s Gentrification of Columbia’s Neighborhood

Janes Walk

Led By Joe Laszlo, Licensed New York City Tour Guide

Morningside Heights of today is a quiet neighborhood anchored by a wealth of august educational, religious, and cultural institutions: Columbia, Barnard, St. John the Divine, Riverside Church and many others. But in the late 1800s it hosted a different set of institutions, serving less genteel clientele. This walk examines Columbia’s neighborhood before and after Columbia, tracing the creation, by chance or design, of “New York’s Acropolis.”

Saturday, May 5
11:00 AM
1 Hour
In Person

Borough: Manhattan
Theme: History & Culture
Accessibility: Challenging terrain
Meeting Location

SW Corner of 104th and Broadway, outside Broadway Farm grocery store


1 Train to 103rd Street

Finding your walk leader

Your walk leader will be wearing a flowery necktie

Ending Location

The Cathedral of St John the Divine, 112 and Amsterdam. Optional stop at the nearby Hungarian Pastry Shop

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