Union Theological Seminary is located in New York City, New York, in the United States of America. Situated in the Morningside Heights neighborhood on the island of Manhattan, the Seminary's campus rests just above the Upper West Side, sharing a close access to both Riverside Park and Central Park, and adjacent to Harlem's culturally-rich and eclectic neighborhood. Union Theological Seminary's neighbors include the historic Riverside Church, the Interchurch Center, the Cathedral of Saint John of the Divine, the International House, Jewish Theological Seminary, Manhattan School of Music, and the general Ivy League campus of Columbia University.
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Morningside Heights was the site of the American Revolutionary War incident, the "Battle of Harlem Heights," fought on September 16, 1776. At the end of the 19th century, with the construction of the St. John of the Divine Cathedral and Columbia University's campus, the farmland of Morningside Heights turned into apartment buildings for the affluent. During the middle of the 20th century, the neighborhood experienced a socioeconomic shift, ushering in a middle-class demographic. Today, Morningside Heights is best known as a residential neighborhood, catering to the residents of the surrounding academic institutions.