Morningside Heights From The Air (1932)
This north-facing picture shows quite a few differences from the present day.
Butler Library of Columbia University is under construction, though the
Cathedral of St. John the Divine isn't much less built than today.
The old wing of St. Luke's Hospital is intact, with a park where the new
wing is today. A park likewise occupies the space now taken by the
Consolidated Edison substation at 110th St. & Amsterdam. Morningside Gardens
on 120th St. hasn't been built yet, and neither has Carman Hall or the Mudd Engineering building. The cylindrical structure at top right is a gas-storage
tank that has since been pulled down, as have the piers to its left that
served the old industrial area, now largely defunct, just north of
Morningside Heights. Click here for a map.