The United Nations

The headquarters of the United Nations brings together delegates from 193 countries to discuss issues of peace, justice and economic and social well being. Students from Columbia participate in the UN’s internship program, and heads of state are invited to speak on campus through the World Leaders Forum program.

Earth Institute

The Earth Institute examines issues of sustainable development and socioeconomic experiences through research in sustainable energy, earth engineering, climate systems and geology at a variety of research centers (including the Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory).

El Taller Latino Americano

El Taller is a community-based nonprofit arts and education center focusing on bringing Latin American culture to New Yorkers through programs in art, dance, language and music.

Riverside Park

Part of the Manhattan Waterfront Greenway, Riverside Park was designed by Frederick Law Olmsted and expanded by Robert Moses. In addition to Grant’s Tomb, Riverside is home to several recreational facilities (notably a kayak launch at 79th Street) and other monuments.

Morningside Park

Morningside Park was also designed by Frederick Law Olmsted and includes several memorial statues (including one of Lafayette and Washington by Frederic Bartholdi, who also designed the Statue of Liberty), a waterfall and pond, and the New York City Daffodil Project, a September 11th memorial.

Firehouse of Engine Company 47

This building is one of the oldest in the neighborhood, having been constructed in 1889 when most of Morningside Heights was still farmland. There is an identically designed firehouse in Greenwich Village, and several other similar firehouses throughout the city.

Hungarian Pastry Shop

In this neighborhood institution well-known for its pastries and coffee, Columbia students and faculty have been working on novels and holding office hours for over forty years. Woody Allen has also featured it in several of his movies!

Goddard Institute for Space Studies

Run by NASAthe Goddard Institute focuses on climate change research (including analysis based on spacecraft observations).

Bank St. School of Education

Bank Street is a graduate school that focuses on child development and education and is best known for introducing a line of children’s books that focus on diversity.

Manhattan School of Music

MSM is a classical and jazz music conservatory that claims Herbie Hancock, Harry Connick Jr., Elliot Goldenthal and several Metropolitan Opera soloists as alumni.