Emblematic of the tension between tradition and non-conformity in Morningside Heights is neighborhood son George Carlin. He lived and attended Corpus Christi parish school on 121st Street, between Broadway and Amsterdam Avenue. Carlin referred to the community as “White Harlem” in several of his routines. West 121st Street was renamed George Carlin Way in 2014, though one block east of where he actually lived and attended classes. This was requested by the parish. Negotiation is key in Morningside Heights.

MHCC is planning a new podcast series on our neighborhood.

Please let us know if you’d like to participate.

Here’s a link to Morningside Now, a series of radio shows produced for Columbia University radio station WKCR on local history and culture.