Posts Tagged ‘Morningside Park’

The Ninth Avenue El curving by Morningside Park

September 18, 2017

These are the tracks of the Ninth Avenue Elevated making an S curve beside Morningside Park—which is what this 1908 postcards says.

To my eyes, it’s difficult to recognize the park of 2017, which is one of the city’s least appreciated but most beautiful. (The bear and fawn statue, the rock formations, the turtles….sigh.)

Here’s a photo very similar to the image in the postcard. RIP Ninth Avenue El, which ceased operation in 1940.

The reason Morningside Park became a park

May 18, 2015

Morningside Park became a park for one inconvenient reason: 19th century park administrators believed the craggy peaks of Manhattan schist were too steep and rugged for the city to pave over.

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“In 1867 Andrew Haswell Green, Commissioner and Comptroller of Central Park, recommended that a park be located in Morningside Heights. He argued that it would be ‘very expensive’ and ‘very inconvenient’ to extend the Manhattan street grid over the area’s severe topography,” states nycgovparks.org.

Opened in the 1880s, Morningside still has a Victorian-era feel. Too bad St. Luke’s Hospital building no longer rises high over the park as it does in this circa-1900 postcard.

Country-like Morningside Park

December 14, 2009

This circa-1900 postcard captures Morningside Park’s rugged beauty. It’s one of the city’s best-kept secrets.

That wild, gothic St. Luke’s Hospital building high on a bluff makes this look anything like New York today.

The bear and faun in Morningside Park

August 25, 2008

At the base of one of Morningside Park’s many long, winding stairways sits this bronze statue. Dedicated in 1914, it’s officially known as the Alfred Lincoln Seligman Fountain, named after a New Yorker who died in a car accident in 1912.

I’m not sure if this tender image of a bear and a faun is supposed to depict a mythological scene or if it’s something sculptor Edgar Walter came up with on his own. Either way, it’s sweet and magical. You can see it by entering the park at 114th Street.