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Columbia University area

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Columbia University area

I am chaperoning a group of teenagers that are attending classes at Columbia. I will have lots of down time and am in need of suggestion of things to do in the area--museums, shopping, parks, etc? Ideas?

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1. Re: Columbia University area

Very close are:

Cathedral of St. John the Divine

Riverside Church

Grant's Tomb

Riverside Park

Hamilton Grange

and the northern parts of Central Park.

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2. Re: Columbia University area

The subway will take you anywhere you want to go. You can also see what's around yourself by mapping your location on maps.google.com and then using the 'search nearby' link for whtaever you want (ie clothing stores, tourist sites, musuems etc.). just type it in the box that will open up.

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As GWB mentioned, Riverside Park, Riverside Church, Grants Tomb, and the Cathedral of St. John the Divine are just a few blocks from the Columbia campus. Morningside Heights has some nice architecture, so it's nice just to walk around a bit as well. And the stretch of Broadway near campus is lined with cafes, restaurants, and bars. Not really a great place for shopping, though...

Will you have blocks of time while the kids are in class? It's a short subway ride down to the Upper West Side, which has TONS of shopping - and also loads of restaurants, etc. The American Museum of Natural History and the New-York Historical Society are both on the UWS as well. (Despite being called a society, the latter is a museum, and I very interesting one, I think). You can catch the M5 bus from Columbia's main gate and it will drop you in front the the Metropolitan Museum of Art. You can also take a bus from the CU gate directly up to the Cloisters.

If you're going to have a few hours between dropping the kids off and fetching them, you'll be able to travel to many parts of Manhattan for quick excursions. (The 1 train stops at Columbia's main gate, so west side locations are easiest to reach).

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Actually it's the M4 bus that will get you to the Metropolitan Museum.

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5. Re: Columbia University area

Sorry about that - and the same bus (M4) is the one that goes up to the Cloisters as well.

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6. Re: Columbia University area

If you're there during cherry blossom season (about a week long), Sakura Park - near Grant's Tomb - will have trees with cherry blossoms.

I have no idea if teenagers know anything about Seinfeld, but "the restaurant" from Seinfeld is on the corner of 112th and Broadway.

Lincoln Center is a short hop on the 1 train to 66th Street.

El Museo Del Barrio and the Museum of the City of New York are both north of 100th Street on 5th Avenue, so they're both very easy to get to from Columbia (via the M4 bus).

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http://www.scoutingny.com/?p=746

You can find the hidden own ;)

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