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Morningside Park is a 30-acre (12-hectare) public park in Upper Manhattan, New York City. The park is bounded by 110th Street to the south, 123rd Street to the north, Morningside Avenue to the east, and Morningside Drive to the west; it forms the border between the neighborhoods of Harlem and Morningside Heights to the east and west, respectively. Much of the park is adjacent to Columbia University, located on the western border.
Morningside Park is operated by New York City Department of Parks and Recreation. Its natural geography contains a cliff of Manhattan schist rock that separates the high terrain of Morningside Heights and the low terrain of Harlem. In addition, several rock outcroppings and a man-made ornamental pond and waterfall are located within the park. The park also contains three sculptures, as well as several athletic fields, playgrounds, and an arboretum.
The area near Morningside Park was originally known as "Muscota" by the Lenape Native Americans. The park was first proposed by the Central Park commissioners in 1867, and the city commissioned Central Park's designers Frederick Law Olmsted and Calvert Vaux to produce a design for the park in 1873. Though Jacob Wrey Mould was hired to design new plans in 1880, little progress occurred until Olmsted and Vaux were asked to modify the plans following Mould's 1886 death; construction was completed in 1895. Monuments were installed between 1900 and 1914, followed by softball diamonds, basketball courts, and playgrounds between the 1930s and 1950s. After Columbia proposed building a gym in the park in 1963, major student protests arose in 1968, resulting in the eventual abandonment of the plan. In the late 20th century, Morningside Park gained a reputation for high crime, and various groups made plans to renovate the park. The proposed site of the Columbia gym was turned into a waterfall and pond in 1990, and the arboretum was added to the park in 1998.
Morningside Park Reviews
While in NYC we attended a festival in the park called the Harlem Eat Up Food Festival. This was a great event that was world class. We plan on returning next year to be a part of such a grand event more »
My children have a good time playing in the park. The park has equipment to help build their motor skills. Also parents are in the park WITH their children.
Cute park to take the kids for an afternoon activity in the city. But, as with every other city park, the bathroom is undesirable, there are no workers around, and the homeless use the park and bathroons as their homes. This speaks more about the homeless problem in NYC rather than anything else. But the playground area is clean enough to bring the kids. Just make sure they use the bathroom before you go and once is time to hydrate ( and this will happen fast since the play area is totally exposed to the sun) you are ready to head out....unless you don't mind city park public bathrooms.
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