Harlem/Morningside Heights Church Walk Finale

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.

A dome gazebo in the courtyard at Columbia.

The seated statue ‘Alma Mater’ greeting visitors to the Low Memorial Library.

The courtyard from the Northwest, including the Butler Library.

I left through a gate around 118th St and walked up Broadway. Directly across the street is Barnard College.

Interesting architecture on the facade of a building that is part of Barnard College.

Once you reach 120th St, you are presented with Union Theological Seminary (which is affiliated with Columbia University) and Riverside Church.

These are actually two different churches within blocks of each other: Union Theological Seminary in the foreground, Riverside Church in the background.

Yellow windows in the bell tower just off Broadway.

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.

Door carvings on Riverside Church’s Claremont Ave entrance.

A view up the tower.

The north end of the nave of the Riverside Church.

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.

Grant’s Tomb at the start of Autumn.

An unobstructed view.

One of two guardian eagles.

Something very much needed by all and a largely shared message in Morningside Heights.

The parks flag soars before the tomb.

Next up: Part of my New Orleans Trip – Jackson Square.

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About nsantasier

I am an actor, fight choreographer, playwright, and photographer based in and around NYC. I shoot on a Canon Rebel XS with either a Canon EF-S 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 IS lens or a Canon EF-S 55-250mm f/4.0-5.6 IS Telephoto Zoom lens as they are the only lenses I currently own.
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