After much deliberation, Barnard College’s administration announced plans last year to build a new teaching and learning center at the heart of its four-acre campus in Morningside Heights. Now with demolition of the former library nearly complete, groundwork and excavation for the new 11-story structure will soon begin.
The upcoming 128,000-square-foot interdisciplinary building is being designed by Skidmore, Owings & Merrill and will incorporate several tiers of terraces to increase outdoor access for students and faculty. The 189-foot-tall structure aspires to become the college’s hub of academic and intellectual life and will feature an updated and expanded library, a digital commons with five teaching labs, and a computational science center that will connect to the adjacent Altschul Hall. All three of the resources will utilize new media and digital technologies to enhance student learning methods.
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The Enclave at the Cathedral is a set of two brand-new rental buildings in Morningside Heights from the Brodsky Organization. Offering a total of 428 residential units, the 13- and 15-story undulating towers were involved in quite a bit of controversy for their position obstructing the 123-year-old Cathedral of St. John the Divine, which just happens to be the world’s largest cathedral. But if this little issue doesn’t bother you, and you earn between $29,726 and and $51,780 annually, you can apply starting today for one of 87 affordable units, according to the NYC HDC. They include 27 studios priced at $827/month; 40 one-bedrooms at $931/month; and 20 two-bedrooms at $1,123/month.
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This is the kind of apartment that you want to be friends with. It’s a truly lovely co-op apartment at the prewar building 500 West 111th Street, just south of Columbia University and just west of Morningside Park in the Morningside Heights neighborhood. It’s quite large, with three bedrooms and two bathrooms. It’s also got awesomely high ceilings, lots of built-in bookshelves, and big windows that are streaming tons of light in. Another bonus is that the windows look out onto the great Cathedral of St. John the Divine, a local landmark.
Of course, such good friends–er, apartments–are hard to come by, especially in such a prime uptown location. The price tag for the co-op is high, asking $1.375 million.
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Who doesn’t love a classic six Manhattan apartment, especially with views of the park? This may not be Central Park, and this may not be a storied Upper East Side co-op building, but we’re still loving this apartment up for sale at La Touraine, a 24-unit prewar co-op at 50 Morningside Drive in Morningside Heights. It’s got stunning views of Morningside Park, not to mention a beautiful interior. The price isn’t cheap, but it’s certainly less than a classic six on the market with views of Central Park. The ask comes in at $1.05 million.
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The design firm raad studio is no stranger to bold interiors that push the envelope—the firm designed an inhabitable blob for this Gowanus townhouse, and a stunning wooden ceiling dome for an apartment in the former police headquarters at 240 Centre Street. For this project at 440 Riverside Drive, they took an approach that “boldly marries prewar details and contemporary design,” according to raad studio founder James Ramsey. The result, he said, is infused “with contemporary panache.”
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If you prefer medieval architecture, consider this three-bedroom Morningside Heights unit at the Brittania, available for $6,200 a month. The layout of this apartment is referred to as a “classic seven,” referring to a popular style in pre-1940s New York that included three bedrooms, a formal dining room, and a separate maid’s room. The condo also has original details like wood floors, crown molding, and cathedral ceilings.
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Yes, this is actually a Manhattan residence, not a Brooklyn pad in disguise. The renovated single-family brownstone is located just a block from Central Park and is brimming with charm.
The cozy and familiar home has an owner of practically 50 years who has updated the interior with modern comforts like radiant heated floors, but it’s details like decorative fireplaces and stained glass accents that make this place truly special.
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Well, this gives a whole new meaning to the term “dumpster diving.” In Morningside Heights, at 109th Street and Amsterdam Avenue, the New York-based architect John Locke, of the Department of Urban Betterment, has created “inflato dumpster,” a blow-up urban education classroom inside of a typical city dumpster.
The design team was inspired by the “contemporary fascination with transforming existing street structures into utilitarian spaces for habitation,” which led to their combining the seemingly invisible lightness of the inflatable material with the hard, gritty, steel dumpster.
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Bloomingdale Road (now Broadway) and 114th Street in 1895
Today, it’s hard to imagine Morningside Heights without the flurry of students hurrying to class at Columbia University. It may be even harder to imagine it without some of its signature architecture: the gothic Cathedral of St. John the Divine, the largest cathedral in the world, Riverside Church, with its former bowling alley, or Grant’s Tomb along the Hudson River. But Morningside Heights got an exciting start in the history of New York City (and America, as it turns out)!
The incredible story of Morningside Heights, from past to present, this way
On an average workday in New York, over 3.9 million people crowd onto the tiny island of Manhattan. That’s a lot of behinds needing a seat, and the city provides plenty of those in the form of benches. But not all benches are created equal. There are gems hidden in every borough – beautiful, funky, unique slabs for you to sit on this summer.
See more fantastic benches here