What to do
PARKS AND RECREATION
Hudson Heights is known for its proximity to several amazing public parks. Bennett Park is bounded by Fort Washington Avenue, Pinehurst Avenue, 183rd, and 185th Streets. Home to the highest natural point in Manhattan, Bennett Park stands on the former site of Fort Washington, an important point of defense during the Revolutionary War where in 1776 George Washington and his troops delayed the advancement of British troops. A commemorative plaque is located on the eastern wall of the park.
J. Hood Wright Park is located between 173rd and 176th Streets from Fort Washington Avenue to Haven Avenue. It is named after the former owner of the site, J. Hood Wright (1836-94), a wealthy banker and financier who made large contributions to what is now the Washington Heights branch of the New York Public Library. His mansion and the land on which it stood was acquired by condemnation in 1925 and converted into much needed public park space. In the park, you will find handball, volleyball, and basketball courts, a multi-purpose playing field, and a dog-walking area! There is also a recreation center on-site offering a fitness room, computer room, and game room. Fort Tryon Park sits atop a 67-acre ridge overlooking the Hudson River. The park opened in 1935 and was later redesigned and restored in 1983. In Fort Tryon, you will find plenty of trails and green space overlooking the Hudson River, making it the perfect place for an afternoon stroll in the picturesque scenery.
GROCERIES AND SUPERMARKETS
The nearest corner deli is never more than a block away, and there are also many great neighborhood supermarkets to choose from. Jin’s Superette
, on 181st St. and Fort Washington Avenue, has been a long-time neighborhood favorite. Here you’ll find some of the freshest produce in the neighborhood, a good beer selection, and a wonderful offering of vegetarian, vegan, and kosher items 24 hours a day! For health food, try Nature’s All, located on 181st Street just west of Broadway, and New Age Nutrition at 178th and Broadway.
When it comes to getting fit, there are several options in Hudson Heights. Hudson Pilates
, on 181st/Cabrini Blvd, is a great place to go for one-on-one training; they offer a special introductory rate for 3 sessions as well as group sessions. Yoga & Spin, on Bennett Avenue at 190th Street, is also a great option for getting fit. They offer private and group classes in spinning, yoga, kickboxing, core strengthening, and Pilates.