A little over a century ago, the heights that rise above 110th Street on the West Side were home to little more than a orphanage and an insane asylum. Within a few decades, the neighborhood was transformed, with some of New York's oldest and most influential institutions, such as Columbia University and the Cathedral of St. John the Divine, taking residence.


This tour lasts approximately two hours and costs a flat fee of $100 for groups of 1-4 people. For parties larger than 4 people, the cost is $25 per person. Please inquire about discounts for student groups or parties larger than 10 people.

To contact us about booking this tour please use our
online booking form (preferred) or call (toll-free) 1-877-572-9719

Private Walking Tours of New York City

Tour stops include*

Three parks created by the celebrated team of Frederick Law Olmsted and Calvert Vaux: Central Park, Morningside Park, and Riverside Park

The Leake and Watts orphanage

The largest gothic cathedral in the world, St. John the Divine

St. Luke's Hospital

Columbia University (with the remains of the Bloomingdale Insane Asylum)

Jewish Theological Seminary

The site of the Revolutionary War Battle of Harlem Heights

Riverside Church

Grant's Tomb

In addition, the tour features a number of historic photographs that help trace its development from farmland to thriving community.

* all walking tour itineraries are subject to change