Removed from the chaotic energy of Lower Manhattan and Midtown, Washington Heights is a diverse neighborhood with a down-to-earth feel.
Named for Fort Washington, the hilly community features a variety of step-stairs to help pedestrians navigate its steep inclines. Its affordable rent and large pre-war apartments make it popular with the young professionals and students. Characterized by its significant Dominican community, the neighborhood has served as an important site for a wealth of Dominican accomplishments in sports, cultural affairs, and politics.
Washington Heights is a tight-knit community, with many of its restaurants and shops locally owned. Residents enjoy strolling through Bennet Park, which boasts the highest natural point in Manhattan, as well as a commemorative memorial for Fort Washington. Nearby Highbridge Park is a popular place for mountain bike races in the spring and summer. Nightlife, especially in the summer months, is abundant, with lots of outdoor events and festivals.
Popular local sites include Tryon Park, home to a wealth of medieval style European art and culture at The Cloisters, and Manhattan’s oldest remaining house. The Annual Art Stroll, which includes neighboring Inwood and Marble Hill, highlights local artists by hosting impromptu galleries, readings, and performances over several weeks every summer.
People on a budget will appreciate this diverse slice of Manhattan with a laid-back suburban vibe.