Our Monthly Newsletter Describes How We’ll Expand our Historic District Protections

During this time of seemingly nonstop real estate development in Morningside Heights — overdevelopment — a committed group of neighbors and advocates has been planning to have more of our neighborhood designated an NYC Historic District. This needs to become a wide community effort if it’s going to succeed. We need your involvement! This month, our newsletter features the background and expectations associated with this effort, which we’re calling our Phase II. Check it out here!

Wishing all our neighbors a Happy Martin Luther King Day. We feature Dr. King in the latest issue of our newsletter.

MHHDC is proud of our neighborhood hosting Dr. King on several occasions. We feel he would approve of our community-based priorities, which are described in the latest issue of Historic Morningside Heights here.

As we begin a new year, let us recommit ourselves to protecting our unique and wonderful neighborhood.

Read all about it. Then let’s get to work in Saving McGiffert Hall.

MHHDC Robert Stern’s op-ed in the Columbia Spectator compellingly describes the potential threat to McGiffert Hall. Please read this piece and share your thoughts with us here.

While you have a few moments, please also join over 600 of our Morningside Heights neighbors in signing the petition to landmark this gem of our community.

Real estate overdevelopment — mostly of luxury, out-of-scale residential towers — is ruining our community, step by step. As neighbors, we must demand a voice in determining the future of Morningside Heights. It is up to us to protect and improve our neighborhood.

Zoom Presentation: How to Map your Local Subway, presented by John Tauranac, 12/8, 6pm

Somehow, we all manage to get from point A to point B on the subway. There have been any number of approaches to mapping the subway over the years, and focusing on points A, B, and everything in between is actually the fun part for people like Upper West Sider, historian and map maker John Tauranac. His subterranean transport trails take us deep inside the Hydra. He’ll share historic subway maps, including the recent digitized approach, and guide us through mapping highs and lows, successes and epic fails. 

Whether you’re a fan of design, maps, history, puzzle-solving, or the great John Tauranac, you’ll enjoy this wholly unique perspective on the modern relic that is the NYC subway system!

This event is free of charge; register here.

Watch our Video: The Case to Save McGiffert Hall

MHHDC presented this compelling argument for the preservation of McGiffert Hall in Morningside Heights on November 18. You can watch the video here, presented by architectural historian Gregory Dietrich.

This is a major focus of effort for our organization, given the strong indications that this historic is under threat. You can learn more about our efforts and sign our petition to designate McGiffert Hall a landmark here.

11/18 at 5:30: Join us for a Zoom Presentation – The Case for McGiffert Hall

Please join us on Wednesday, 11/18 at 5:30pm for an insightful online presentation on the history, current disposition, and potential threats to McGiffert Hall in Morningside Heights.

Registration is required here.

Architectural Historian Gregory Dietrich will make the case for expanding our awareness and support for this wonderful building. (It may be in danger due to the growing trend of real estate overdevelopment in our neighborhood.) Learn more, including how you can help.

Please support our efforts to preserve our history

The Morningside Heights Historic District Committee is singularly focused on preserving what matters in our great neighborhood. The overwhelming majority of our work is conducted by volunteers — neighbors who care about the history of our neighborhood and understand it must be fought for on a daily basis.

As a registered 501(c)(3) organization, MHHDC has ongoing operational expenses related to communications and administrative activities. We hope you will consider supporting our efforts through a tax-deductible contribution.

Donating takes only a few moments. Please join our growing group of supporters as we continue the effort to honor our shared past and improve our daily life in Morningside Heights. Thank you for your support; it is critical.

Webinar Video: Notable Residents of Morningside Heights in History, Jim Mackin

We held our inaugural webinar on June 24th! We want to thank Jim Mackin for enlightening us on just some of the many notable residents of our community over the past decades and centuries. Jim’s upcoming book, “Notable New Yorkers of Manhattan’s Upper West Side,” will be available in November, published by Fordham University Press and you can pre-order at Book Culture on Broadway or 112th Street. Here is a recording of the video. More webinars to come!