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From my NYC neighborhood
The Morningside Hills
by Josef Schrabal

My first residence in the United States (since September 1949) was the International House , 500 Riverside Drive, Morningside Hills, on the island of Manhattan in the City of New York. For more details about the International House, please click HERE.

I lived there for a couple of months before departing to Chattanooga, Tennessee. - I returned back to New York City in 1952, lived for a couple of months in the Brooklyn Heights, then I got an appartment on the third (top) floor of a town house at West 24th Street.

In 1958 I moved back to this original Morningside Hills neighborhood of mine, just a couple of houses north from the International House, within the same block at 549 Riverside Drive. I am living here since. Map

I like this neighborhood very much since it reminds me my school days in Paris. These hills of "Morningside Heights" region are full of schools and cultural events. Located as one of the highest points of New York City, overlooking the Hudson River Sekura Park

Adjoining the International House is a very charming Sekura park (click HERE) full of cherry blossom during spring and flowers the whole summer and fall.

On the West from the Sakura Park and from the International House, the Riverside Drive forms an island. Here is located the General Grant's Tomb Chinese plague

North-west right behind the Grant's Monument is located a Chinese memorial. Enclosed by a black fence, this site contains a Chinese-English plaque and a ginko tree planted on behalf of Li Hung Chang, the Chinese viceroy who had met and developed a friendship with Grant during the latter's trip around the world.

Further north-west behind the west of the Riverside Drive, where the slope is discending deeply down into the Westside highway and Hudson River, is another tomb, century older than the Grant's Tomb, small but very interesting of the Amiable Child click HERE

The east part of the International House and the Sakura park borders the Claremont Avenue. Between it and the Broadway (at 120 Claremont Avenue, at 122d Street) is the Manhattan School of Music.

South from Sakura Park. between Clarement (no. 91) and Riverside Drive (no. 490) is the Riverside Church extending up to 120th Street.

Further south, between 120th and 119th Street (lower right of the picture) is the new Inter Church office building.

East, behind the Riverside Church, between Claremont and Broadway, is the Union Theological Seminary and the Jewish Theological Seminary.

Furtber east begins the complex of the Columbia University extening behind the 110th Street.

Also see

The SAKURA PARK (in May) here
The General GRANT's MONUMENT here
The Amiable CHILD MONUMENT here