Location: Morningside Ave., New York
The 30-acre, Olmsted-designed Morningside Park came into existence in 1883. It lies between the residential neighborhoods of Central Harlem and some of the city‘s most elite institutions, including the Cathedral of St. John the Divine, General Grant National Memorial, Riverside Church and Columbia University to the west plus the wonders of Central Park to the south east.
It is named for the sunny eastern side of the cliff that separates Morningside Heights from Harlem in Northern Manhattan. It is one of four designated Historic Harlem Parks. The others are Marcus Garvey, St. Nicholas and Jackie Robinson Parks.
As the name implies, this is Morningside Park. Even in the mid afternoon there‘s such an abundance of sun shining upon this highest point of the park. Walking through this park, you can still see remnants of the battles during the American Revolution. It is a classic piece of New York City‘s history. The well-maintained grounds include softball diamonds, playgrounds, basketball courts, a pond and waterfall, a picnic area, and a number of impressive monuments.