Riverside Church
Riverside Church
4.5
Observation Decks & TowersReligious Sites
7:00 AM - 10:00 PM
Monday
7:00 AM - 10:00 PM
Tuesday
7:00 AM - 10:00 PM
Wednesday
7:00 AM - 10:00 PM
Thursday
7:00 AM - 10:00 PM
Friday
7:00 AM - 10:00 PM
Saturday
7:00 AM - 10:00 PM
Sunday
7:00 AM - 10:00 PM
About
This church has a bell tower with an observation deck offering terrific views.
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The area
Address
Neighborhood: Morningside Heights
How to get there
  • 116th St – Columbia University • 5 min walk
  • 125th St • 9 min walk
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4.5
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Jake S
Springfield, OH279 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2014 • Solo
While in the NYC area for a teacher academy I searched for opportunities to hear pipe organs. Riverside Church popped up in several searches, so I went. I wasn't disappointed! The Organ Recital Series hosted Robert McCormick, Director of Music and Organist, St Paul's Parish in Washington, DC. The concert included a finale of improvisation, actually my favorite part. As for the organ, I believe I read that the Riverside organ is the 14th largest in the world. Believe me, that organ can crank out the sound! Go and experience this stunning church, and listen to this special organ.
Written July 31, 2014
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Rajnish P
Jaipur, India2,500 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2012 • Couples
This impressive building "The Riverside Church" is located at 490 Riverside Drive and 120th street near Columbia University, Manhattan, New York.
It is open daily from 7:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m. and can be reached by subway line 1 to 116st. stn. or by bus M-104, M-4 or M-5 to 120th or 122nd Street.
Besides its tall building and very fine architect, its Carillon and its Organ are a special mention. This church is also doing Social service, weekdays school, Pastoral counselling, wedding, rentals,etc. They have a nice gift shop and a cafe inside.
The Theater in the church is doing more than 100 annual perfrmances of dance, music and dramas, most of them are free for public. A must see in New York. You can combine your visit to this church with a visit to Columbia University and a visit to General Grant's Tomb.
Written September 11, 2012
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rosie8isenough
Lake Arrowhead, CA11 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2019
Beautiful church with a great history. I had read there was a *museum* in the church of Martin Luther King, Jr. so we asked about it. One staff member acted if though I was taking up his time and said, " I don't know what your are talking about." Well, I was talking English and he was talking English and I mentioned Martin Luther King, Jr and photos and letters, so finally without saying anything he directed us to follow him to a small room where all kinds of photos, letters and newspapers were. One should NOT miss out of seeing this! It was very moving. Later my son made friendly small talk with a young woman at the desk, and she completely ignored him. It was odd...there were only about 8-10 visitors in the whole church so it was not tourist fatigue. So the 4 is for the church with a -1 for the staff
Written September 19, 2019
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Itinerant_Foodies
Greensboro, NC608 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2021 • Couples
We had not been to this church before but stopped by to look at the interior since it was listed as one of the top activities in the area. There was a food bank event going on so much of the church, including the sanctuary, was roped off, presumably due to the event. We did notice that there was a small and interesting display of important visitors over history. There was also a poster advertising a concert on New Year’s Eve and another sign we saw indicated that tickets could be purchased from the welcome center. We mistakenly went to a small kiosk (rather than the welcome center that was closed) in the church to inquire. This inquiry was interrupted by someone who had the singular goal of getting us out of the church. He indicated that we should go on line to get the tickets and proceeded to interrogate us on where we saw the poster, indicating that we weren’t supposed to be there (it wasn’t roped off), when the concert was, etc., giving the impression that we weren’t welcome. We will not attend any concert here. Very disappointing reception.
Written November 10, 2021
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Anthony-Susan
Washington DC, DC806 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2014 • Couples
We took the A train north, not realizing it was an express. We got off on 125th, and since we were in the area, we decided to stroll through Columbia University (with its magnificent quad in the middle of the campus) and nearby Riverside Church. This church, endowed by Rockefeller, is a jewel, and the stained glass windows are alone worth the visit. If you are in this area, don't miss it. All you need is an extra 15 minutes
Written July 2, 2014
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wpdaniel
New Albany, MS273 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2013 • Couples
This is such a beautiful church. Close to Grants Tomb, so able to see both. The double decker bus stops across from Grants Tomb.
Written January 5, 2014
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travveller95
Augusta, Maine265 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2013 • Couples
We saw the steeple of this church from a walking tour of Columbia University and wanted to see what it was - it looked very interesting. At that point, we had been welcomed by a wonderful Korean lady at St. Francis of Assisi, been blended into a gigantic Peruvian celebration at St. Patrick's, and been welcomed by staff at St. John's. At Riverside, we never actually got into the church. There were two staff at desks inside, but neither even said, "Hello," and neither did four other people that we saw. You enter into a hallway with offices, not into the actual church, and it's far from clear where the entry is. Unlike every other church, and, in fact, most places that we visited in NYC, this was a very unfriendly place.
Written October 26, 2013
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travels095
New Mexico27 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2012 • Family
If I lived in Manhattan, it would be on the Upper West Side. Wider sidewalks, larger trees, a bit more solace. The Riverside Church can't be appreciated completely unless you have also walked Columbia University's campus, visited Grant's Tomb, and strolled a bit through Riverside Park on a pleasant Sunday morning. Compared to 5th avenue, Greenwich Village, or midtown, the Upper West Side completes a picture of Manhattan for you. Riverside is beautiful, classic, open, and affirming.
Written June 25, 2012
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CasaHoffa
Huatulco, Mexico12,305 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2020
Riverside Church is a magnificent structure and an inspiring house of worship, especially when they have the handbell and choir concerts. The Church is situated adjacent to a park along the Hudson River offering a wonderful sunny day outside venue.
Written October 30, 2020
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psudino
Weehawken, NJ4,304 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2019
Built by Rockefeller Jr this church, besides being massive and beautiful, has served as a center for social justice. Martin Luther King Jr spoke here, Jackie Robinson's funeral, and Kofi Anon spoke here after 9/11. This church has shown very public support for the LGBT and Immigrant communities as well, even appearing in pride day celebrations.

A progressive community where all are welcome.
Written September 15, 2019
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