Hudson Heights

Hudson Heights

Neighborhood

Hudson Heights is the area of Upper Manhattan bordered on the south by 173rd St., on the north by 190th St./Fort Tryon Park, on the west by the Hudson River and on the east by Fort Washington Ave. It is a neighborhood rich in history, scenery, and lots to do.

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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

Frank’s Market

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.

FITNESS

Hudson Pilates

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.

Where to eat and drink

COFFEE SHOPS, BAKERIES, & MORE

Buuni Coffee

Most of us will admit to using Starbucks for quick fix (and with one just steps from the A at 181, it’s sure convenient), but if it’s an eco-conscious almond-milk latte you’re after Buunni Coffee on Pinehurst and 187 has got you covered. Strong brews, communal seating, and Ethiopian lunch fare make this a sweet spot to read the morning paper or to caffeinate before a trip to the Cloisters.

RESTAURANTS AND NIGHTLIFE

Refried Beans Mexican Restaurant

Just south of 187th St., you’ll find lots of great neighborhood places offering a wide selection of dining options. Saggio’s Southern Italian eatery serves fresh pasta & classic Italian cuisine in a rustic, intimate, yet inviting setting. For a quick delicious takeout option, try No. 1 Chinese on 181st St. at Pinehurst. The name is no joke – it’s seriously top-notch Chinese takeout! 181 Cabrini across the street is great for breakfast, lunch, and dinner, serving up yummy food all hours of the day in a relaxed atmosphere with exceptional service.

Transportation

TRAINS, BUSES, AND CABS

The A train runs through Hudson Heights along Fort Washington Avenue making stops at 191st, 181st, and 175th Streets. From 168th Street the A runs express and is a quick 15 minutes to Columbus Circle, and 25 minutes to West 4th Street. The M4 and M98 buses run along Fort Washington Avenue and provide a great option for getting down to the Upper East Side. The Bx7 and M100 run up and down Broadway. There is also the George Washington Bridge Station, providing several options for getting to places outside of Manhattan. Drivers will enjoy the proximity to the GW Bridge, Henry Hudson Parkway, I-87, and I-95. MTA Link