Fort George

Fort George

Neighborhood

One of three sub-neighborhoods of Washington Heights, Fort George historically runs from north 181st Street to south Dyckman St. and from Broadway east to the Harlem River. It was named after the fifth and final Fort ever built in New York during the American Revolutionary War in 1776 near current day Audubon Avenue and 192nd Street. Fort George has been featured in various New York television shows as well as the films “Precious”, “Mad Hot Ballroom,” and “GWB.” It is home to one of Yeshiva University’s many campuses and, as a primarily residential area, Fort George offers a more relaxed form of neighborhood exploration due to its many parks, restaurants, and bars.

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What to do

Though most are primarily restaurants, after dinner a lot of these eateries become places to drink up and cut a mean rug. La Casa Del Mofongo, and Altus Café keep their bars open into the night and introduce DJs, transforming themselves into dance central! Locksmith and Buddha Beer keep the taps flowing and your glasses full before you ever get the words, “hit me, sergeant” out of your mouth. Next door to Buddha Beer Bar, night club Arka Lounge features the best in Latin, pop, and hip hop, while up the hill at Lucky Seven Tapas Bar the drinks are flowing, the music going, and the people are dancing like it’s their job.

SHOPPING

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Fort George offers a lot of great places to shop. Most stores can be found along the 181st St. corridor or the St. Nicholas corridor. Apparel tends to be casual clothing similar to H&M, Forever 21 or Jimmy Jazz at really affordable prices. Notable shops include: New York and Co. at 181st St. and Broadway, and Zodiac and Mission Fashion at 181st and St Nicholas. For higher end clothing, Kartier Couture at St. Nicholas Avenue Between 185th and 186th will keep any man dapper and Bless Couture at Nagle Ave. and Thayer St. offers a

FITNESS

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With a slew of parks, keeping fit in Fort George is a no brainer. You can find running trails in Ft. Tryon Park, Highbridge Park, along the Harlem River Drive, or along Audubon Avenue. But if outdoor fitness isn’t your jam, there are a few gyms close by. Planet Fitness at Dyckman St. and Vermilyea Ave. offers a $10/month membership package. If you’re more of a community feel type of person, the YM&YWHA (Young Men & Women’s Hebrew Association) at 54 Nagle Avenue off of Ellwood has a full service gym and offers fitness classes as well.

Where to eat and drink

COFFEE SHOPS, BAKERIES, & MORE

Green Juice Cafe

For quick food to-go, Fort George offers a host of options from pizza shops to bakeries to coffee and smoothie bars. You can get a quick cup of joe at almost any bodega (small grocery store), as well as the Dunkin Donuts at St. Nicholas and 191st St. If coffee isn’t your thing, Mary’s Natural Juice at 191st and St. Nicholas Ave, Green Juice Cafe at 184th and Broadway, and Empanadas Monumental at 189th St. and St. Nicholas Ave. all make fresh fruit smoothies to your liking; they also offer

RESTAURANTS AND NIGHTLIFE

Altus Café

Fort George offers a diverse range of restaurants that will leave you salivating. At 183rd Street and St. Nicholas you’ll find popular La Casa Del Mofongo, a Dominican restaurant specializing in mofongo, a refried plantains dish. Walking down Broadway at 185th street is Altus Café, serving up an eclectic American fusion menu and a great atmosphere. Further up on Broadway at 192nd St. is a hub of great restaurants including Locksmith Wine and Burger Bar, and Buddha Beer Bar.

Transportation

TRAINS, BUSES, AND CABS

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The A Train makes stops at 181st St and 190th St, and the 1 Train makes stops at 181st, 191st, and Dyckman Streets. As far as buses in the neighborhood: The Bx7 and M100 buses run up and down Broadway, the M3 bus north and south on Saint Nicholas, and the M101 bus runs north and south on Amsterdam Ave. On W.181st St, several buses come into Manhattan from the Bronx and vice versa including the Bx11, Bx13, Bx36, Bx35, and Bx3. Also, gypsy cabs are everywhere in the neighborhood. MTA Link