Walking north, I found the gateway opening onto Columbia University. Having never been there, I opted to do a quick walkthrough and get some pics in the increasingly overcast evening. The campus is walled in from 114th St to 120th St. This creates a feel of a closed in community, sheltered from the surrounding areas (which include other colleges such as Barnard, several churches, parks, and hospitals). Due to all the surrounding churches, the campus has a seminal feel to it. It has also been used for several film shoots, most notably (in my opinion) Ghostbusters.
I left through a gate around 118th St and walked up Broadway. Directly across the street is Barnard College.
Once you reach 120th St, you are presented with Union Theological Seminary (which is affiliated with Columbia University) and Riverside Church.
I went along 120th St on my way to the park and the Hudson River where I got some very nice views of Riverside Church. Apparently it is opened daily from 7am to 10pm, but 1) as the doors were not open and 2) after my encounter at the closing of St. John the Divine, I didn’t go inside.
Across the avenue from the church is Grant’s Tomb. When I got there, it was closed and blocked off, but the leaves were beginning to change in that park (unlike EVERY OTHER PARK in NYC – I did a trip to Central Park on 10/11 and the leaves were just STARTING to change…so weird) which made for some nice shots.
Next up: Part of my New Orleans Trip – Jackson Square.