Welcome to Historic Morningside Heights

Morningside Heights Historic District Committee

The Morningside Heights Historic District Committee was formed over 15 years ago to preserve Morningside Heights through local historic district designation.

Situated between two scenic landmarks (Morningside and Riverside parks), Morningside Heights is a historically and architecturally rich and diverse neighborhood. It is notable for the highest density of early-20th-century middle-class apartment buildings in all of New York City constructed in a short period of time and it contains the greatest concentration of historic institutions of higher learning of any neighborhood in the United States. In addition, Morningside Heights has distinctive natural boundaries that are defined by an elevated plateau bordered by two Olmsted-designed parks.

In recent years Morningside Heights has been subject to out-of-scale development that has undermined its distinct sense of place. Historic district designation will ensure that both new building construction and redevelopment of existing buildings be undertaken in a manner that respects neighborhood context and character.

Won’t you join us in preserving this highly significant neighborhood?

Please let the New York City Landmarks Preservation Commission know by signing our online petition.

Friends of Saint John the Divine

A second project of the Morningside Heights Historic District Committee is the campaign to prevent the Cathedral of Saint John the Divine from building an intrusive apartment building on its property at 113th St. and Amsterdam Avenue. This project will have a dramatically adverse effect on the Cathedral and the neighborhood. This enormous development will cast in shadow most of the historic and magnificent church. It will also impair emergency services at the adjacent St. Luke’s Hospital, congest traffic, harm air quality and disrupt the character of the neighborhood. In light of these severe effects, the Friends of Saint John the Divine are organizing to prevent this development. We are calling upon City and State agencies to require a full analysis of the impact of the development on the Cathedral and the community. A second petition appeals to the Episcopal Diocese and the Cathedral to abandon the project.