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
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