Things to Do in Manhattanville

A vibrant area located on the West Side, Manhattanville offers the public a chance to experience history and take in the changes transforming the community. Check out these things to do when you’re in the neighborhood. 

Wallach Posing Modernity Installation
The Wallach Art Gallery

The Wallach Art Gallery is Columbia’s unique art collection. It is the scene of global collaborations with the world’s leading museums and a showcase for the art happening Uptown. Experience art and culture in the heart of Harlem.

A child climbing a wall at The Vital Climbing Gym, formerly known as Steep Rock Bouldering, in Manhattanville.
The Vital Climbing Gym

You don’t have to travel far to get in some physical activity The Vital Climbing Gym, formerly known as Steep Rock Bouldering. Rock climbing is available at this location in Manhattanville where you can indulge in a membership or buy a day pass just to try it out. 

West Harlem piers park in Manhattanville
West Harlem Piers Park

Check out West Harlem’s very own waterfront pier that spans from 125th to 135th streets along the Hudson River. Take your fishing rod, bring your laptop to enjoy free Wi-Fi, or simply immerse yourself in the views. In the summertime, don’t forget to stop by the Baylander for some food and drinks.


Harlem's Cotton Club
Cotton Club

Stop by the historic jazz club where the greatest African American blues and jazz musicians once played. The venue still has shows that run several days throughout the week. Even if you don’t happen to make it inside, you can take a pretty cool photo among its iconic signs.

The 12th Avenue viaduct at West 125th Street. (Noonan, Jeanne Freelance NYDN)
The 12th Ave. viaduct at W. 125th St. will have lights installed as part of a $14.5 million streetscape enhancement project. (Noonan, Jeanne Freelance NYDN)
Harlem Viaduct Arches

Visit the famous backdrop to many movies and shows and envision yourself in a scene of your own. The viaduct arches, starting at 125th Street on 12th Avenue, are a great photo opp if you can escape the traffic.


Kids on Ferris Wheel at New York's Riverbank State Park
Riverbank State Park

Opportunities for fun are endless in this state park. There is ice skating in the winter, roller skating in the spring and summer, and a year-round track. Sports and activities include everything from swimming to tennis. Once you hit your fitness goals, you can also stop by the Puerto Rican restaurant, Sofritos, which is located in the park.