Fall in Morningside Heights ~ New York

As soon as I start dodging the shade, and crossing the street to walk under the sun, I know summer is making its exit. A pleasant chill in the air heralds the start of Fall. Or Autumn, as I grew up to call it.

Uptown Manhattan. At the cross-section of 110th Street and Morningside Drive you’ll arrive at the heart of Morningside Heights. Home to many Columbia University students, families, and a regular stop on the double decker bus tourist trail, this neighbourhood’s slower pace is perfect in the sense that it’ll prepare you in the wind down to the cooler season.

Hearing the sound of leaves as they crunch underfoot; spotting bright orange pumpkins for sale; noticing that the leaves have started to turn from green, to yellow, to crinkled brown; not thinking twice about indulging in the comforts of a rich pastry like cheese and cherry strudel, complemented with a large steaming cup of diner coffee.

It might be time to break out the parka. Enjoy!

Below, Morningside Park

The worthy tourist stop-

On 112th Street and Broadway stands a New York Landmark and the largest church in the US: The Cathedral Church of St John the Divine. The first service was held here in 1899, in the crypt below the choir. In 1911, its previous Romanesque, Byzantine plans were replaced with a Gothic design when the original architects were succeeded.On Sunday November 30,1941, the opening of the full length of the Cathedral was celebrated. The public could now see the full interior — the greatest indoor length (601 feet) of any cathedral in existence. “Two football fields, end to end, with room left for the football,” became the popular imagery of this magnificent length of uninterrupted space.*The Cathedral of St. John the Divine is Rededicated as its entire interior is reopened to the public on November 30, 2008. The New York Times called it “…arguably the most significant (service) at St. John the Divine since its interior was dedicated exactly 67 years earlier, on Nov. 30, 1941, a week before the attack on Pearl Harbor.”*A frequently asked question is “When will the Cathedral be finished?”

Although no new construction is planned for the immediate future, efforts have been underway to preserve the Cathedral and its auxilliary buildings for the enjoyment of New Yorkers and visitors from around the world for the centuries to come.**http://www.stjohndivine.org/history_written4.html


30 thoughts on “Fall in Morningside Heights ~ New York

  1. No parkas yet please! Lets just savour cool(ish) days for awhile… 🙂
    There is change in the air, though and your post has that feeling of the seasons subtle shifts.
    Great architectural images. I love fall!

  2. I love those first signs of autumn 🙂 I think September and October are my favourite months, when it’s getting a little bit crisp, but still warm enough in the sunshine to sit on a bench 😀 Lovely photos! Love the cathedral, so beautiful, I am a lover of old architecture 🙂

    • Thanks so much Adrian. I wish Fall was one of my fave seasons – after Spring, and Summer, it comes third. I’m enjoying the transition though as it is still warm. Hope you had a lovely weekend!

  3. Loved the images of St.John Devine. I had visited this beautiful church back about 25 years ago and it is devine in it’s spirit. Thank you for sharing as always your beautiful images Marina. Here in California we can’t think of wearing parkers @ all. Today it was 89 F @ my house and I went swimming in the ocean in Laguna Beach. But the smell of autumn is definatley in the air in early mornings. Still summer or call it denial of coming of the autumn? Cherry strudel sounds very yummy to me, loved that!

    • Thanks so much Cornelia! I wish i could go swimming in Laguna Beach, and enjoy 89F weather! The cherry strudel is always good when the temperature isn’t too warm 🙂 I’m glad you enjoyed the photos!

  4. Love the idea of you dodging the shade, it seems not so long ago that you were hunting ice cream and cold drinks in that city of yours. Winter arrived here this morning and I really wish I brought an open fire, large blanket and slippers to work with me…

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