Morningside Drive and Park, New York
Cathedral of St John the Divine
The Cathedral of St. John the Divine is the largest cathedral in the world. The area totals 121,000 square feet. Some highlights: the nave rises over 100 ft; the 1933 Rose Window features the motif of the Great Rose; the St. Ambrose Chapel is decorated with Renaissance-style ironwork; the choir columns stretch 55-ft tall and are made of polished gray granite; the portals of the east front entrance are adorned with stone carvings some of which are re-creations of medieval religious sculptures.The cathedral was originally designed in the Romanesque style by Heins and LaFarge and started construction in 1901. By 1910, the original architects had died, and Ralph Adams Cram took over. Cram had designed several buildings in Boston. For St. John, he envisioned a High Gothic style to blend in with the existing Byzantine-Romanesque design. Because the cathedral is so enormous, the two styles merge seamlessly.
Address: 1047 Amsterdam Avenue, New York, NY 10025, United States
Opening hours: 7am-6pm; Sun: 7am-7pm
Useful tips: Donations welcome. Call or visit website for tour details.
Guides: Guided tour available as optional extra.
Facilities: Gift shop
Transit: 110th Street / Cathedral Parkway station
Riverside Drive & Park
Riverside Drive and Park offers a sweeping view of the Hudson River. It is lined with a mix of older townhouses and newer apartment buildings. The park was laid out by the same designer who tackled Central Park, Frederick L. Olmstead.Several parts of Riverside Drive have enough significance to make the National Register. The part along the park spans from 72nd to 129th Streets. West 80th and 81st Streets off of Riverside and the blocks bounded by West 104th up to 106th Streets in as far as West End Avenue also merit the distinction.
Entrance fee: FREE
Transit: 193rd Street subway
General Grant National Memorial
Grant's Tomb is the location where both General Grant and his wife are "entombed". The coffins of General Ulysses S. Grant, the eighteenth President, and his wife are above ground, inside the huge Memorial. It was inspired by Napoleon's tomb in Paris and is the largest tomb in North America. Two exhibit rooms illustrate Grant's life and career. There are 17 curved mosaic benches around the building designed in the seventies by Brooklyn artist, Pedro Silva.Next to the memorial is the restored Overlook Pavilion, offering lovely views over Riverside Park and the Hudson River.
Address: West 122nd Street at Riverside Drive, New York, NY 10027, United States
Opening hours: 9am-5pm
Always closed on: New Year's Day (Jan 1), Thanksgiving - USA (4th Thursday, Nov), Christmas - Christian (Dec 25)
Entrance fee: FREE
Transit: 116th Street-Columbia University
Columbia University was founded in 1754 as King's College and was first situated downtown around Wall Street. The present campus began in 1897. Architect Charles McKim created spacious lawns and plazas in contrast to the crowded environs of Manhattan. An Ivy League school, Columbia is noted for its law, medicine and journalism programs, and its famous alumni include J.D. Salinger, Isaac Asimov and James Cagney.
Address: 2960 Broadway, New York, NY 10027, United States
Transit: 116th Street-Columbia University subway
St Paul's Chapel
St. Paul's Chapel (not to be confused with the one downtown) is a mix of Italian Renaissance, Byzantine and Gothic. Built in 1904, it is Columbia University's most dazzling structure. The interior vaulting features intricate patterns of aged red brick while the entire chapel is bathed in light from above. The pipe organ is renowned for its fine tone.
Address: Earl Hall Center, 2980 Broadway, New York, NY 10027-6902, United States
Opening hours: 12pm-4pm; Closed: Sun, Sat
Useful tips: Free organ concerts are held on Thursdays at noon.
Disability Access: Full facilities for persons with disabilities.
Transit: 16th Street-Columbia University
Nicolas Roerich Museum
Nicholas Roerich Museum is a major center for the exhibition of paintings by Russian born artist, Nicholas Roerich. It makes available about two hundred pieces of his work and numerous books about his life and work.Roerich had many talents and interests. Consequently, there is a space at the museum for performing arts. This space is generally used by aspiring musicians who may only be able to afford a venue such as this.
Riverside Church is a 21-storey Gothic church inspired by the Cathedral at Chartres. John Rockefeller funded its construction in 1930. The 74-bell, 20-ton Bourdon (hour bell) is the largest and heaviest carillon bell ever cast. The 22,000-pipe organ is among the largest in the world. The Christ Chapel is patterned after an eleventh-century Romanesque church in France. The bell tower offers a fine view of Upper Manhattan.
The Low Library is situated at Columbia University. It is a classical, columned building atop three flights of stone stairs. The building is actually now used for offices. The statue outside, Alma Mater, served as the backdrop to many anti-Vietnam War protests in the sixties.
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