Wednesday, April 6, 2016


                            Archival photo courtesy Manhattanville College

As detailed in the history post about the Harlem Plains, the outstanding building in the Heights was the Convent that sat on the top of the highest point in Manhattanville. This was  location of the Catholic boarding school known as the Academy of the Sacred Heart and some say is the reason Convent Avenue has its unique moniker. The view shown is probably close to where St. Mary's still stands today between Old Broadway and Amsterdam at 126th Street looking north when the surrounding blocks was literally just a small village.  City College would eventually demolish the historic building by 133rd Street in the 1970s even though the structure was one of the key landmarks of the neighborhood for over 100 years.    Check out the view from 110th Street in our past post: LINK

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