Columbia University, circa 1903.via Mental_Floss - “How the Neighborhoods of ManhattanGot Their Names,”"The Heights formerly known as Vandewater, from thename of Dutch settler Harmon Vandewater, becameMorningside around the time Columbia University wasexpanding into the area (around 1896). A city surveyorappraising the surrounding land found one spot he deemedunsuitable for anything other than a city park. This particularpark was situated on the east side of a hill, perfectly positionedfor a nice wash of sunlight every morning. In 1870, the city namedit “Morning Side Park,” and it is believed to have inspired this particularHeights’ new first name of Morningside. The neighborhood’s currentboundaries are 110th to 125th, from 8th Avenue to the Hudson River.”

Columbia University, circa 1903.

via Mental_Floss - “How the Neighborhoods of Manhattan
Got Their Names,”

"The Heights formerly known as Vandewater, from the
name of Dutch settler Harmon Vandewater, became
Morningside around the time Columbia University was
expanding into the area (around 1896). A city surveyor
appraising the surrounding land found one spot he deemed
unsuitable for anything other than a city park. This particular
park was situated on the east side of a hill, perfectly positioned
for a nice wash of sunlight every morning. In 1870, the city named
it “Morning Side Park,” and it is believed to have inspired this particular
Heights’ new first name of Morningside. The neighborhood’s current
boundaries are 110th to 125th, from 8th Avenue to the Hudson River.”