Washington Heights

Washington Heights


Washington Heights runs from 155th Street to 181st Street from river to river. Washington Heights got its name from the military fort, Fort Washington, which was stationed in modern day Hudson Heights, during the American Revolutionary War. The neighborhood is connected to Fort Lee, New Jersey across the George Washington Bridge, and is also connected to the Bronx via the Cross-Bronx Expressway. Locals affectionately refer to Washington Heights as The Heights, El Alto (Spanish for the highest), Wash-Heights, and the twitter favorite, Whin, which refers to and represents solidarity between Washington Heights and Inwood as the most northern neighborhoods of Manhattan.

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What to do


There are many historical landmarks tucked away for you to discover in Washington Heights. Tranquil walks through Trinity Church Cemetery at 155th Street and Broadway will reveal the final resting place of some of New York’s most interesting artists, politicians, and socialites. Next door at 155th Street and Broadway you’ll find the Hispanic Society of America, a free museum and reference library for the study of the arts and cultures of Spain, Portugal, and Latin America.

Up at 162nd Street and Edgecombe, take a tour of The Morris-Jumel Mansion, former headquarters for General George Washington during the American Revolutionary War. Landmarked Sylvan Terrace is right around the corner — you may recognize the street from HBO’s “Boardwalk Empire.” Further north, you’ll find The Malcolm X and Dr. Betty Shabazz Center on Broadway and 165th Street, an event and banquet hall that is home to the most extensive collection of information, memorabilia, documents, photos, and video materials about the life, thought and times of Malcolm X. Feel like seeing a show? The United Palace Theater at 175th and Broadway was originally built in 1930 as a movie theater, and now functions as a church and a 3,000 seat capacity live music venue. Past acts include, Neil Young, Bob Dylan, Smashing Pumpkins, Beck, the Black Crowes, and Modest Mouse among others. Across the way from United Palace you will find the Word Up Bookshop, a co-op that hosts events from live readings by local authors, to live music, to creative writing workshops. Originally intended as a pop-up for a few months, this bookstore is definitely becoming a mainstay.


Bravo Supermarket

If you rather stay home, there are various options for your culinary needs. You can buy your groceries at standard supermarkets like Gristedes on 170th and Broadway, Bravo Supermarket at 175th and Broadway, C-Town at 161st and Saint Nicholas, Fine Fare at 172nd and Saint Nicholas, or Associated Supermarkets at 162nd Street and Broadway.


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If pounding the pavement has your shoes looking weathered, take them to Columbia Shoe Repair at 169th Street and Broadway. Serving the community for over 25 years the owners are super friendly and professional. In need of a little home repair? Look no further than NHS Hardware at Amsterdam and 158th Street. They have just about everything you need for home repairs from locks, to hinges, to plungers, to wood, to plexi-glass; they even have a large selection of paints to help you get your inner home decorator going.

Where to eat and drink


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For a quick pick me up, sweet snack, or continental breakfast, The Heights offers a good mix of coffee shops and bakeries to satisfy your cravings. There are two Starbucks in the neighborhood at 168th Street and Broadway, and 181st Street and Fort Washington. There are also Dunkin Donuts franchises at 163rd and Broadway, 167th and Amsterdam, 178th and Broadway, 181st and Magaw Place, and 181st and St. Nicholas.


Heights Tavern

After a long day’s work, Washington Heights offers many places for you to relax and/or get your party on. Coogan’s Bar at 169th and Broadway is definitely Washington Height’s version of Cheers. With a super friendly staff, this is a great place to be a regular — they’ll learn your name and preferred drink. If you like karaoke, hang out on Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Saturdays; they also feature a $5 drink special on weekdays. The Harlem Tavern has a sister in Washington Heights called Heights Tavern between 164th and 163rd on Broadway. With 285 seats, they serve a mean brunch, lunch and dinner. With fried green tomatoes and pulled pork sandwiches, you’ll want to check it out for yourself.



Trains: The 1 train runs along Broadway and stops at 157th and 168th Streets, then veers east and stops at 181st and Saint Nicholas Ave. The A express train stops at 168th and Broadway, 175th and Fort Washington (George Washington Bus Terminal), and 181st and Fort Washington. Along the same line the C line runs local and stops at 155th and Saint Nicholas, and also at 163rd St and Amsterdam. Several buses connect the city to the Bronx at 181st including the Bx36, Bx3, Bx11, Bx13, and the Bx35. MTA Link