Manhattanville is bordered on the south by Morningside Heights, on the west by the Hudson River, on the east by Harlem and on the north by Hamilton Heights. Its borders straddle West 125th Street from roughly 122nd Street to 135th Street and from the Hudson River to St. Nicholas Park. Throughout the 19th century, Manhattanville was a town that bustled around a wharf active with ferry and daily river conveyances. It was the first station on the Hudson River Railroad running north from the city, and the hub of daily stage coach, omnibus and streetcar lines. Situated near the famous Bloomingdale Road, its hotels, houses of entertainment and post office made it an alluring destination of suburban retreat from the city, yet its direct proximity to the Hudson River also made it an invaluable industrial entry point for construction materials and other freight bound for upper Manhattan. The neighborhood is now the site of a major planned expansion of Columbia University, which has campuses in Morningside Heights to the south and Washington Heights to the north.
Grant’s Tomb (Riverside Drive and 122nd Street) is the largest mausoleum in North America, containing the bodies of Ulysses S. Grant (1822–1885), American Civil War General and 18th President of the United States, and his wife, Julia Dent Grant (1826–1902). The structure is situated in a prominent location in Riverside Park overlooking the Hudson River.
Harlem Piers (Riverside and 125th Street) In summer 2008, the long-awaited West Harlem Piers Park opened to the public, much to the joy of uptown residents and visitors. The piers are a great place to enjoy views of the Hudson, lounge on the grass lawns, and take a break from bike riding on the Riverside bike path.
If you’re looking for a grocery superstore, look no farther than Fairway Market (Riverside Drive and 132nd Street): you’ll find more than 600 artisanal cheeses; over 100 varieties of olive oils including unfiltered barrel oils imported exclusively from Italy, Spain, Portugal, Australia, and California; 80 coffees from all over the world, roasted on premises; as well as aisles with more than 90,000 traditional, specialty, and organic groceries.
A signature spot in Manhattanville is Dinosaur BBQ on W.125th St and 12th Ave, which has some of the best wings in the country. The area also has its share of jazz clubs, including the infamous Cotton Club and Showman’s Jazz Club, which are both located on W.125th St just west of Broadway.
The #1 train stops in Hamilton Heights at the 137th Street – City College and 145th St stations. The IND Eighth Avenue Line runs under St. Nicholas Avenue, providing service at 135th Street (A B C trains), 145th Street (A B C D trains) and 155th Street (A C trains). The IND Concourse Line branches off north of the 145th Street station under Frederick Douglass Boulevard to serve 155th Street (B D trains).
The New York City Transit M4 and M5 buses serve Broadway; M100 and M101 buses run on Amsterdam Avenue; M11 bus on 135th Street; Bx19 bus on 145th Street; Bx6 bus on 155th Street and the M3 bus on St. Nicholas Avenue.