What to do
CULTURE AND HISTORY
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.
GROCERIES AND SUPERMARKETS
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.
Photo By: Simon Law
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.