4.2 out of 10

Washington Heights

Ranked 39th best neighborhood in Manhattan
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Great for
  • Parking
  • Cost of Living
  • Medical Facilities
  • Internet Access
  • Neighborly Spirit
Not great for
  • Pest Free
  • Lack of Traffic
  • Peace & Quiet
  • Safe & Sound
  • Nightlife
Who lives here?
  • Singles
  • Professionals
  • Families with kids
  • Retirees
  • Students

Reviews

3/5 rating details
  • Neighborly Spirit 4/5
  • Safe & Sound 3/5
  • Clean & Green 3/5
  • Pest Free 2/5
  • Peace & Quiet 3/5
  • Eating Out 3/5
  • Nightlife 2/5
  • Parks & Recreation 4/5
  • Shopping Options 2/5
  • Gym & Fitness 3/5
  • Internet Access 3/5
  • Lack of Traffic 2/5
  • Parking 2/5
  • Cost of Living 4/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 3/5
  • Public Transport 2/5
  • Medical Facilities 5/5
  • Schools 3/5
  • Childcare 3/5
Jan 25, 2011
Editors Choice

"Affordable Rents But Still Sketchy in Spots"

Washington Heights is neighborhood on the far northern part of Manhattan. Washington Heights borders Harlem to the South along 155th Street, Inwood to the North along Dyckman Street, the Hudson River to the West, and Harlem River to the East.

The area offers very affordable rents and large size apartments which makes the area a popular destination for students and young professionals. Because the apartments are so large, many people participate in shares to keep expenses low. While rents are affordable, pockets of crime remain, especially on the southern part of the neighborhood. It has long been a popular area for drug trafficking with New Jersey patrons crossing the George Washington bridge to score and heading right back. Although, the neighborhood has improved to some degree, it remains a sketchy area and you should so some careful research before signing any lease. That said, there are many families living in Washington Heights and if offers a great deal of character and is a friendly place to live.

That said, there are many families and children in Washington Heights, and it has a lot of character. There are also a lot of Spanish-speaking people, so if you speak the language, you'll fit in well. (The musical "In the Heights" is set in Washington Heights.)

A hidden treasure within the Washington Heights neighborhood is the little enclave defined by Bennett Avenue and Overlook Terrace. The buildings here are mostly Co-op but it almost feels as if you have left the city with its quiet and tree-lined streets. The higher floors of the buildings also offer a nice view of the Hudson River.

The neighborhood is heavily populated by Dominicans and other Spanish speaking cultures who have opened some wonderful and reasonably priced restaurants. There are also many discount stores where you can stock up on almost anything needed for your apartment. Of interest is that the Broadway musical, In the Heights is set in Washington Heights.

The area is also home to two parks: Riverbank Park on 145th Street and the West Side Highway and Fort Tryon Park located on West 192nd Street, Dyckman to Broadway. Riverbank Park is a 28 acre recreational facility rising 70 feet above the Hudson river. Riverbank offers a wide variety of recreational, athletic, and arts activities for both children and adults. Fort Tryon Park contains one of the highest points in Manhattan and towers over the Hudson River offering magnificent views of the Palisades and lower Hudson Valley. The Cloisters are also located in Fort Tryon Park and contain the Metropolitan Museum of Art's collection of at and architecture from medieval Eurpoe. Best known for the beautiful tapestries, the Cloisters also offers a series of special events, along with impressive views of the Hudson River.

The Columbia Medical Center /New York Presbyterian Hospital, one of the most renowned health care facilities in the world, is located on West 168th Street in Washington Heights. Living near the hospital is a good option since many residents of surrounding buildings are doctors, nurses, and other staff.

The Port Authority Bus Terminal on East 178th Street and Broadway makes for a quick escape from the city. However, there is only one express subway line, the A train along with two local lines, the C and 1.
Pros
  • affordable rents
  • Many verdant parks abound
  • Gorgeous architecture lines streets like Pine Hurst Avenue, Cabrini Boulevard etc
  • Rich history
  • Stunning views of the Hudson River
  • Cute stretches of shops and restaurants
Cons
  • far from downtown
  • Crime rates continue to be a problem
  • Not much nightlife
  • terrible grocery stores
  • Can be dangerous
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Singles
  • Families with kids
  • Tourists
  • Students
3/5 rating details
  • Neighborly Spirit 3/5
  • Safe & Sound 2/5
  • Clean & Green 2/5
  • Pest Free 2/5
  • Peace & Quiet 1/5
  • Eating Out 2/5
  • Nightlife 2/5
  • Parks & Recreation 3/5
  • Shopping Options 3/5
  • Internet Access 4/5
  • Lack of Traffic 2/5
  • Parking 3/5
  • Cost of Living 4/5
  • Public Transport 4/5
Dec 30, 2010
Editors Choice

"Affordable, but be careful where you settle"

Washington Heights is a neighborhood in the far north of Manhattan Island starting from about 155th Street and going north to Inwood around 191st Street. I lived in the upper portion of Washington Heights for a couple of years near the border with Inwood, and the truth is that this area is very different from the southern portion of Washington Heights. Farther south in the neighborhood, the crime rate is worse, although it has steadily improved since the 80s.

On the plus side, the rents are cheaper in Washington Heights, and you can often find larger apartments. My place was huge – the largest apartment I've ever had. On the down side, you need to be careful where you live and try to find out if the blocks surrounding your apartment are truly safe. It can change within a matter of a block or two.

When I lived in this neighborhood, I was heckled a great deal by men, so for women, it can be a bit uncomfortable. It's a downscale area with lots of discount stores, and the prices are definitely a bit less than in midtown for groceries and household items. That said, there are many families and children in Washington Heights, and it has a lot of character. There are also a lot of Spanish-speaking people, so if you speak the language, you'll fit in well. (The musical "In the Heights" is set in Washington Heights.)

If you need to frequently visit Fort Lee, New Jersey, this is a very convenient area for it because you're very near the George Washington Bridge which leads right to Fort Lee. You can take a bus across the bridge from the Port Authority Bus Terminal for about a buck.
Pros
  • affordable rents
  • close to Columbia
Cons
  • far from downtown
  • Crime rates continue to be a problem
  • terrible grocery stores
  • Not much nightlife
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Singles
  • Families with kids
  • Retirees
3/5 rating details
  • Neighborly Spirit 4/5
  • Safe & Sound 3/5
  • Clean & Green 3/5
  • Pest Free 2/5
  • Peace & Quiet 3/5
  • Eating Out 4/5
  • Nightlife 3/5
  • Parks & Recreation 5/5
  • Shopping Options 3/5
  • Gym & Fitness 3/5
  • Internet Access 5/5
  • Lack of Traffic 2/5
  • Parking 2/5
  • Cost of Living 5/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 3/5
  • Public Transport 3/5
  • Medical Facilities 3/5
  • Schools 3/5
  • Childcare 3/5
Mar 19, 2012

"Washington Heights – Best Values in Manhattan, but Safety Is an Issue"

Washington Heights is the neighborhood that runs north/south from 155th street to Dyckman Street (the equivalent of 200th Street), and east-west from the Harlem River to the Hudson. Hop the A-train and you can zoom from midtown Manhattan to beautiful, livable Washington Heights in less than 30 minutes. (The #1 IRT line also serves the Heights, but the stations are located along some of the area’s more crime-ridden blocks).

Downtowners have Central Park, but in Washington Heights, everyone flocks to Fort Tryon Park and the Cloisters. In warm weather, the park is a wonderful melting pot where all sorts of people come together to enjoy the green walkways, landscaped gardens, and spectacular views of the Hudson and Harlem Rivers.

Washington Heights has some negatives attached to it, but there are many great reasons to live here...especially rent. Although monthly raises are steadily increasing, it is still possible to get a fabulously spacious one-bedroom apartment in a pre-war building for less than $2,000 per month...as much as $1,000-$2,000 less than you would pay further downtown. Condos are also ‘a steal’

If only it were safer! No longer as plagued as it once was by drugs and prostitution, Washington Heights is still riddled with violence, some of it gang related. The area west of Broadway tends to be safer and more residential, while the east side of the Heights is hardcore city living.

The Heights is known as an ‘immigrant community’ because so many newcomers are able to find affordable housing here; more than half of residents come from other countries. This makes the neighborhood a patchwork quilt of smaller neighborhoods with enclaves of newly arrived Spanish-speaking residents such as Cubans, Puerto Ricans, Dominicans, and Columbians. Students and recent college grads make up another large portion of Heights residents, also drawn to the cost of living in this affordable area.

The Heights is also home to a large Jewish population, many of them Eastern Europeans. There are also neighborhoods that are predominately Greek and others that are mostly Irish. In addition to making Washington Heights wonderfully diverse, this mix of neighborhoods also makes the Heights a great place to enjoy for all kinds of ethnic cuisine.
Pros
  • affordable rents
  • Many verdant parks abound
  • Stunning views of the Hudson River
Cons
  • far from downtown
  • Crime rates continue to be a problem
  • terrible grocery stores
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Singles
  • Families with kids
  • Retirees
  • Gay & Lesbian
  • Students
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1/5 rating details
  • Neighborly Spirit 2/5
  • Safe & Sound 2/5
  • Clean & Green 2/5
  • Pest Free 1/5
  • Peace & Quiet 1/5
  • Eating Out 3/5
  • Nightlife 2/5
  • Parks & Recreation 2/5
  • Shopping Options 3/5
  • Gym & Fitness 2/5
  • Internet Access 3/5
  • Lack of Traffic 1/5
  • Parking 2/5
  • Cost of Living 4/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 2/5
  • Public Transport 2/5
  • Medical Facilities 3/5
  • Schools 2/5
  • Childcare 3/5
Dec 31, 2011

"Washington Heights: Upper Upper Manhattan"

Washington Heights (or Fort Washington, which no one says anymore) runs from a place called Hamilton Heights to Inwood. If you speak Spanish, you will find the Heights friendly indeed. A large Dominican community has enriched the community with its culture, language and food, and has inspired many latin music clubs to open there. So if you love latin dancing, you may find yourself heading to Washington Heights with a bunch of friends, as the prices there are also very affordable for both admission and drinks.

The buildings there are mostly old style tenements and rents are fairly affordable. Maintenance in such buildings though tend to be an issue unless the rents are on the higher end of the scale. Transportation is convenient, but crime tends to be an issue as well. Food is a great attraction as Spanish food is to die for especially in the Heights so run with your tastebuds in tow if you are craving some rice, black beans and tostones.

Shopping is plentiful and affordable as well. But for touristy type spots lower Manhattan is more attractive and fun. Upper Manhattan can be a bit rough in spots so you may want to venture there in the day with some friends if you are seeking to explore this area.
Pros
  • close to Columbia
Cons
  • far from downtown
  • Crime rates continue to be a problem
  • Can be dangerous
Recommended for
  • Tourists
3/5 rating details
  • Neighborly Spirit 3/5
  • Safe & Sound 3/5
  • Clean & Green 2/5
  • Pest Free 3/5
  • Peace & Quiet 3/5
  • Eating Out 3/5
  • Nightlife 3/5
  • Parks & Recreation 3/5
  • Shopping Options 3/5
  • Gym & Fitness 3/5
  • Internet Access 3/5
  • Lack of Traffic 3/5
  • Parking 3/5
  • Cost of Living 4/5
  • Public Transport 3/5
  • Medical Facilities 3/5
  • Schools 3/5
  • Childcare 3/5
Jan 12, 2011

"The Higher You Go, The Better It Gets"

Washington Heights used to get a bad rep for the crime but as New York City's crime rates have dropped massively, the area has picked up. Basically, the more north you go, the nicer the areas. If you go all the way up to Inwood, it is even nicer.

The Heights has gone from a neighborhood that most wanted to avoid to a rich, cultural neighborhood with a large Hispanic/Dominican population and a lot of young people who don't want to be out of the city. The area has some great rents, plenty of basic shopping and food places, nice parks, and a few museums. At the same time, you are pretty far away from the rest of the city and there are only a couple of trains that go up here. Some of the blocks are still a little on the rough side so make sure you inquire about the part of the Heights that your prospective place is.

For tourists, Washington Heights is just a short train ride away from Midtown and right next to Harlem. The Cloisters have gorgeous works of art and great views. The Hispanic Society also has a few great works. The area and parks are littered with history. Really a nice place to spend a day. Very close to Columbia University and is home to a few of the University's schools.
Pros
  • affordable rents
  • close to Columbia
  • great museums
  • Many verdant parks abound
  • Rich history
Cons
  • far from downtown
  • Not much nightlife
  • Can be dangerous
Recommended for
  • Singles
  • Families with kids
  • Tourists
  • Students
3/5 rating details
  • Neighborly Spirit 4/5
  • Safe & Sound 2/5
  • Clean & Green 4/5
  • Pest Free 2/5
  • Peace & Quiet 3/5
  • Eating Out 3/5
  • Nightlife 2/5
  • Parks & Recreation 4/5
  • Shopping Options 3/5
  • Gym & Fitness 3/5
  • Internet Access 3/5
  • Lack of Traffic 3/5
  • Parking 3/5
  • Cost of Living 5/5
  • Public Transport 4/5
  • Medical Facilities 4/5
Dec 28, 2010

"History and Beauty Mix With a Still-Struggling to be Safe Neighborhood"

Washington Heights is an area rich in flavor and history. Again in uptown Manhattan, the iconic nineteenth century brownstones appear, mixed with plain, box-like tenement buildings. The area is called "Heights" for a reason - the neighborhood is rife with hills and perfect lookout points for beautiful views of the city and the Hudson River, depending on how far west or east you happen to be. The neighborhood has seen its share of cultural diversity and then some, currently being home to a large Dominican population. Because of its assorted cultural past, the Heights has been home to many ethnic artists, performers and writers, making its locals proud to call themselves residents. There's lots to see historically, like the Morris-Jumel, the oldest standing house in Manhattan, not to mention the cultural boasting done at the Hispanic Society of America. The Heights also include Fort Tryon park, home to the medieval museum, the Cloisters.

The neighborhood ranges from charming to sketchy. Stretches like Cabrini Boulevard and 181st Street look nothing like the rest of Manhattan, with rich brownstones stretched out over steep hills which are dotted with boutiques, cafes and restaurants. However, parts of the Heights can also be dangerous, especially at night, so it's important to enjoy this area with caution, and look fully into the streets you're thinking of moving onto if that's the case.
Pros
  • Cute stretches of shops and restaurants
  • Rich history
  • affordable rents
  • Gorgeous architecture lines streets like Pine Hurst Avenue, Cabrini Boulevard etc
  • Stunning views of the Hudson River
Cons
  • Not much nightlife
  • Can be dangerous
  • far from downtown
  • Crime rates continue to be a problem
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Singles
  • Families with kids
  • Gay & Lesbian
  • Students
4/5 rating details
  • Neighborly Spirit 5/5
  • Safe & Sound 3/5
  • Clean & Green 5/5
  • Pest Free 3/5
  • Peace & Quiet 3/5
  • Eating Out 4/5
  • Nightlife 3/5
  • Parks & Recreation 3/5
  • Shopping Options 3/5
  • Gym & Fitness 3/5
  • Internet Access 5/5
  • Lack of Traffic 3/5
  • Parking 4/5
  • Cost of Living 4/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 4/5
  • Public Transport 3/5
  • Medical Facilities 5/5
  • Schools 4/5
  • Childcare 4/5
Dec 27, 2010

"Five Years Away From Being a Top Neighborhood"

This area is about to explode.

It's a pretty tempting area. Apartments are spacious and many of them recently renovated. Lots of students and artists types and moving up there (especially musicians who need room for instruments and recording equipment). I'm sure there are some dingy apartments, but it's fairly easy to land a beautiful apartment at a good price--just be sure it's not above a bar or nightclub.

The parks and history of the area are also alluring, with greenery and historic sites and venerated businesses like Coogan’s Restaurant. The Columbia University Medical Center is one of the largest medical facilities in the US, and New York-Presbyterian Hospital is another excellent hospital.

Great apartments, natural beauty, good food, and excellent medical care? Why doesn't everyone live here?

The commute. The A is your only express train and runs local on the weekend...meanwhile the 1 train and the C trains are always running local, and those are your only 3 train options. Should anything disrupt service on those trains, you're not going to make your destination on time.

Crime rates aren't encouraging, but I wouldn't consider Washington Heights unsafe. Standard safety rules apply--don't walk down the street listening to your iPod waving cash around late at night. Be safe, be cautious, but don't be ruled by fear.
Pros
  • affordable rents
  • great museums
  • Many verdant parks abound
Cons
  • far from downtown
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Families with kids
  • Students
3/5 rating details
  • Neighborly Spirit 5/5
  • Safe & Sound 3/5
  • Clean & Green 3/5
  • Pest Free 2/5
  • Peace & Quiet 1/5
  • Eating Out 3/5
  • Nightlife 2/5
  • Parks & Recreation 3/5
  • Shopping Options 2/5
  • Gym & Fitness 2/5
  • Internet Access 4/5
  • Lack of Traffic 2/5
  • Cost of Living 4/5
  • Public Transport 4/5
  • Medical Facilities 3/5
Oct 08, 2010

"Energized and fun"

One of the most striking features of Washington Heights is its, you know, heights. Along with Inwood, Washington Heights is one of the very few neighborhoods that maintains a lot of the natural topography of Manhattan. For being the “Island of Hills,” most of the city is flat as a pancake. It’s extremely refreshing, if exhausting, to traverse Washington Heights. Some of the sidewalks have steps.

The residential areas around the river by the George Washington Bridge can be really beautiful. There are huge expanses of green and trees with nice living places and good views of life outside the city. Though the mansions of the area are gone, some of the lovely architecture and the urban planning remain.

The neighborhood is very lively, filled with young families and single twentysomethings lured north by the promise of cheaper housing. Some of the food is great. There are wonderful stalls on the streets selling fresh, delicious produce perfect for cooking Dominican food.

Crime rates are much lower than they used to be and the neighborhood in general is cleaner. It’s a little shady at night, but nothing too scary. It’s still really noisy, with people out and about at all hours. There is loud music most of the time. You can get annoyed by it, or you can decide it’s great energy and decide to like it.
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Singles
2/5 rating details
  • Neighborly Spirit 2/5
  • Safe & Sound 1/5
  • Clean & Green 3/5
  • Pest Free 3/5
  • Peace & Quiet 3/5
  • Eating Out 2/5
  • Nightlife 1/5
  • Parks & Recreation 5/5
  • Shopping Options 2/5
  • Gym & Fitness 2/5
  • Internet Access 3/5
  • Lack of Traffic 3/5
  • Parking 2/5
  • Cost of Living 5/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 2/5
  • Public Transport 3/5
  • Medical Facilities 5/5
  • Schools 4/5
  • Childcare 3/5
Apr 04, 2010

"A legacy of violence and music"

Washington Heights is covered over in many step streets, because of the abrupt hills that make up the topography of this area. Another prominent feature of the area is the presence of the sprawling Columbia University Medical Center facilities, as well as the Columbia College of Physicians and Surgeons. I think everyone has heard of the Cloisters, the excellent outpost of the Metropolitan Museum of Art which houses a collection of Medieval art and is located inside Fort Tyron Park. But fewer people know about the Hispanic Society of America, which is housed in a gorgeous beaux-arts institutional building, and which houses the largest collection of El Greco and Goya paintings outside of Spain. It's a wonder so few people know it's even there, considering the many art connoisseurs in this city. I've also been – by special invitation – to private jazz concerts at 555 Edgecombe Avenue, which is a residential building now legendary for having been home to some big-name jazz era musicians like Count Basie. The residents I met, several old-timer jazz musicians among them, are obviously very proud of this building's musical legacy. That said, I nevertheless find it disconcerting to walk around this area, and would never venture to this neighborhood on my own. Although the crime statistics have improved significantly from the time this neighborhood was plagued by gangs and violent crime and drugs in the 80's, urban blight and poverty are still very visible here, and you really wouldn't want to take a chance on becoming one of the statistics. Supposedly the area is gentrifying rapidly, just like the rest of New York, but honestly, I don't see it yet. I still find it a scary place and wouldn't consider moving here no matter how low the rents are.
Pros
  • great museums
  • close to Columbia
  • affordable rents
Cons
  • loud hospital sirens
  • terrible grocery stores
  • far from downtown
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Families with kids
  • Students
2/5
Jan 07, 2010

"Great historical attractions, but some safety concerns"

Located way up at the very tip of Manhattan, Washington Heights hardly feels like the city centre at all. Rather, this north ridge of the island is not rich in skyscrapers and bustle but in history. The area has traditionally been a haven for a number of ethnic groups, from Greeks to Cubans and Puetro Ricans, while today the district is mostly Dominican.

Washington Heights is a neighborhood of contradictions. It combines fascinating historical sights - including many redolent of the old Dutch New Amsterdam from which NYC originally sprung. The Morris-Jumel, the oldest still-standing house in Manhattan, is one such example, as is the gorgeous Audubon Terrace, home to the Hispanic Society of America museum and an enormous number of El Greco and Goya paintings. The Cloisters at Fort Tryon park, a re-built Medieval cloister, is another. The step streets on this hilly part of Manhattan are another intriguing, if exhausting, bit of charm. Yet alongside these historic points there lies a gritty neighborhood history of crime, poverty, and gang violence. Thus Washington Heights might be a wonderful day trip excursion, but to live there requires a sense of care and awareness not often necessary in Manhattan.
4/5 rating details
  • Neighborly Spirit 4/5
  • Safe & Sound 3/5
  • Clean & Green 5/5
  • Pest Free 2/5
  • Peace & Quiet 4/5
  • Eating Out 4/5
  • Nightlife 3/5
  • Parks & Recreation 5/5
  • Shopping Options 3/5
  • Gym & Fitness 4/5
  • Internet Access 4/5
  • Lack of Traffic 2/5
  • Parking 3/5
  • Cost of Living 4/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 3/5
  • Public Transport 3/5
  • Medical Facilities 5/5
  • Schools 3/5
  • Childcare 3/5
Dec 18, 2009

"In the Heights"

The Washington Heights area which along with Inwood is considered to be the new Upper Manhattan extends upwards from 155th street on the West Side. The area’s boundaries are thought to be Hamilton Heights in the south, the Hudson River in the west, the Harlem River in the East and Inwood in the north. Many upper West side residents who were forced out of their nabe ( neighborhood) due to rising rents have now begun to move to the neighborhood of Washington Heights which was traditionally a Latin American neighborhood inhabited mainly by immigrants from the Dominican Republic .
In fact this area of Washington Heights has been recently immortalized in Broadway production called “In the Heights” which is based on a book written by Lin – Manuel Miranda a Washington Heights native and the playwright Quiara Alegria Hudes who has been a lifelong resident of Inwood. Washington Heights is also famously associated with musicians like Duke Ellington and Alicia Keys who hail from the area though today the neighborhood has found favor with young professionals and families who are desirous of having more space at affordable prices.
Most of the apartment buildings located in Washington Heights are built in the Art Deco style and are situated along its main streets of Pine Hurst Avenue, Fort Washington Avenue, Cabrini Boulevard, Lafayette Place and Haven Avenue. Many of the buildings that are located here are organized as co-ops and some of them like 250, Cabrini are known for their gorgeous lobbies.A development of five co-op buildings known as Castle Village which is located on Cabrini Boulevard is one of the most sought-after developments of the Heights. The rental properties of the neighborhood are located in the old tenements that lie between Broadway and Amsterdam Avenue.
Though most of the main stream New York City stores have not yet made their foray into the Heights, the area has vibrant retail scene which is dominated by local Mom and Pop stores and beauty parlors that line its commercial main drag of 181st Street. The Heights also possesses a lively dining and restaurant scene though its most well known restaurant is the romantic but expensive New Leaf Café which is located in a stone cottage setting in the neighborhood’s stunning Fort Tyron Park.
Washington Heights is actually renowned for its verdant parklands like the Hudson River Park which offers magnificent views of the Hudson River, the High bridge Park and of course the Fort Tyron Park which has within it the medieval Cloisters which is an outpost of the Metropolitan Museum of Art.
The area is also well served by the A, 1 and C subway lines. Since the A train is an express service Midtown Manhattan is easily accessible via a twenty minute journey from the Heights. Additionally Washington Heights also hosts many bus services which come into and depart from its George Washington Bus station which is located at 178th and 179th Streets between Fort Washington and Wadsworth Avenues.
Pros
  • Gorgeous architecture lines streets like Pine Hurst Avenue, Cabrini Boulevard etc
  • Many verdant parks abound
  • Stunning views of the Hudson River
  • affordable rents
  • close to Columbia
Cons
  • Crime rates continue to be a problem
  • far from downtown
  • loud hospital sirens
  • terrible grocery stores
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Singles
  • Families with kids
  • Retirees
  • Gay & Lesbian
3/5 rating details
  • Neighborly Spirit 3/5
  • Safe & Sound 4/5
  • Clean & Green 1/5
  • Pest Free 5/5
  • Peace & Quiet 2/5
  • Eating Out 1/5
  • Nightlife 3/5
  • Parks & Recreation 4/5
  • Shopping Options 2/5
  • Gym & Fitness 5/5
  • Internet Access 5/5
  • Lack of Traffic 4/5
  • Cost of Living 5/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 3/5
  • Public Transport 5/5
  • Medical Facilities 5/5
  • Schools 5/5
  • Childcare 3/5
Jul 14, 2009

"Good Place For Young And Vibrant"

Wash Heights is not as far away from the rest of NYC as it looks...20 minutes to midtown by A express train. The neighborhood is young and lively thanks to Columbia University's large health sciences campus on 168th and Broadway, and the surrounding dorms. There is the wonderful Riverside Park just 10 minutes away, and biking and jogging is ever present throughout the neighborhood. Food choices are not incredible, but Plum Pomidor, In Vino Veritas, and the famous Tasty Deli for a delicious hero at lunch will do. Coogans is a great place to test out your Hotel California rendition on Thursday karaoke nights. Plus, rent is cheaper than anywhere else in Manhattan. I would seriously recommend this neighborhood for anyone looking for a pleasant, inexpensive up-and-comer.
Recommended for
  • Singles
2/5 rating details
  • Neighborly Spirit 4/5
  • Safe & Sound 2/5
  • Clean & Green 1/5
  • Pest Free 1/5
  • Peace & Quiet 1/5
  • Eating Out 3/5
  • Nightlife 2/5
  • Parks & Recreation 3/5
  • Shopping Options 2/5
  • Gym & Fitness 2/5
  • Internet Access 5/5
  • Lack of Traffic 1/5
  • Cost of Living 4/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 4/5
  • Public Transport 5/5
  • Medical Facilities 5/5
  • Schools 3/5
  • Childcare 3/5
Jun 15, 2009

"Good value for the money but on the lively side"

I lived in the Washington Heights area of New York City specifically on Broadway and 164th for a little over two years and I would have to say it was one of the more affordable areas by far! It is a very convenient area for those working at Columbia/Presbyterian hospital and for Columbia University students. The subway lines A (express) and C (local) service the area so there is no problem getting downtown. As far as safety is concerned, I always felt safe...because there was ALWAYS someone outside...now this can be a good or bad thing depending on your preference but personally I liked the idea of coming home from a late night out at around 2AM or 3AM and knowing for sure that there are people around. Also because of Columbia’s presence police do patrol the area more so than other areas I’ve lived in throughout NYC. In addition, there are local fast food places like Wendy's and McDonalds that stay open late. Oh and Dallas BBQ is right across the street from Columbia/Presbyterian.

Culturally the area is diverse but there is a heavy Dominican presence in Washington Heights. There are a LOT of Dominican eateries and salons. Most people particularly the younger people speak both English and Spanish so communicating shouldn’t be an issue.

The area is affordable...but lively!!!! If you are willing to deal with the regular bustle of NYC PLUS the mix of music, lively parties, and people singing at the top of their lungs…then you’ll be okay here. The noise is not so troubling that you can’t get a good night’s sleep. Fair warning though…. Friday and Saturday nights are LIVELY!!!!! The traffic is somewhat heavier especially on the smaller streets with people visiting friends and family. Summertime means more people and kids hanging outside their buildings.

Washington Heights is an affordable neighborhood that can accommodate many different types of people!!!! :)
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  • Neighborly Spirit 4/5
  • Safe & Sound 2/5
  • Clean & Green 2/5
  • Pest Free 2/5
  • Peace & Quiet 2/5
  • Eating Out 3/5
  • Nightlife 4/5
  • Parks & Recreation 5/5
  • Shopping Options 3/5
  • Gym & Fitness 3/5
  • Internet Access 5/5
  • Lack of Traffic 2/5
  • Cost of Living 5/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 4/5
  • Public Transport 5/5
  • Medical Facilities 5/5
  • Schools 5/5
  • Childcare 5/5
May 14, 2009

"Little Dominican Republic"

Washington Heights is...family...loud...Spanish music...home. When you first get here to Washington heights the first thing you might notice is the loud Spanish music playing in almost every corner. It feels like I’m in Dominican Republic all over again since almost all my neighbors are from there. WaHi has lovely parks all around like the one I grew up playing in, J Hood Wright park. We also have Fort tryon Park which is great if you want to go for a run of jus relax and have picnic. Bennett Park is also another great one for taking your kids. To me everything is conveniently close to me. Washington Heights is a great place to consider if you are looking to move.
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  • Neighborly Spirit 3/5
  • Safe & Sound 2/5
  • Clean & Green 4/5
  • Pest Free 2/5
  • Peace & Quiet 3/5
  • Eating Out 2/5
  • Nightlife 3/5
  • Parks & Recreation 4/5
  • Shopping Options 2/5
  • Gym & Fitness 3/5
  • Internet Access 3/5
  • Lack of Traffic 2/5
  • Cost of Living 4/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 2/5
  • Public Transport 4/5
  • Medical Facilities 2/5
  • Schools 2/5
  • Childcare 3/5
Mar 23, 2009

"On the upswing"

Washington Heights is a good place to live if you are looking to combine the excitement of Manhattan with a relaxing, airy, historically rich and modestly developed neighborhood. If you are like me and you would rather live in a pre-war building as opposed to a high-rise that you have to get whiplash in order to look at, then look no further.

The quality of surroundings in this neighborhood is still somewhat sporadic, but a new wave of development and gentrification a-la-Harlem is sweeping in. This is creating a more desirable outlook on the whole area, and many products and services that would've ignored the neighborhood 5 years ago are giving it serious consideration.

This is especially true of lower areas of this neighborhood, where new cafes, restaurants, bars, fitness facilities and living spaces are becoming available. If there manages to be a nice balance struck between local flavor and changing demands, I see Washington Heights as a good place to live for years to come.
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Mar 20, 2009

"Parks and Cajun Food - Not Much More"

Washington Heights is one of the northernmost sections of Manhattan. It is a hilly neighborhood that has spectacular views of the Hudson River and the Palisades. You will find lots of parks in this community. Stroll through the shady Fort Tryon Park, a 67-acre park designed by John D. Rockefeller, Jr., with its very own 3-acre Heather garden. The park is home to a very well known attraction, the Cloisters.

You will not find many hotel accommodations in Washington Heights. If you need a place to stay, try neighboring communities like Upper West Side, where you will find Hotel Belleclaire or Excelsior.

Stop by my favorite Cajun and Creole restaurant this side of New Orleans, the Baton Rouge. The seafood dishes are mouth watering and they even cater to your adventurous side – yes, they serve alligator!

For arts and entertainment, stop by the historic United Palace at 4140 Broadway offering a variety of theater events, live music, lectures and workshops.
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Mar 15, 2009

"Washington Heights, home to the Cloisters in Fort Tryon Park"

Welcome to the Heights, known to some as “Little Dominican Republic.” This vibrant neighborhood, filled with an extremely diverse population, may seem delapitated to some, but to many, it’s been home for decades.

The first street to visit in “The Heights” is Broadway beginning at 163rd street. Broadway has everything: liquor stores, restaraunts of all varieties, street vendors, cheap clothing outlets, furniture stores, and of course, a McDonalds. This throuroughfare is also where the 1 and A train stop (on 163rd Street, 168th Street, 175th Street, and 181st Street) making this section of Manhattan very easily navigable. Various buses run throughout the neighborhood, as well as some taxis and private cab services, and many families have cars in the neighborhood.

Washington Heights is home to Columbia Medical Center and the school of Public Health, making the neighborhood more diverse in its population. You’re joined on a walk to the coffee shop in the morning with doctors wearing scrubs, mothers with children, and ivy-league graduate students.

The area between 163rd and 170th is filled with a heavy population of Columbia students, bringing about a Starbucks and other downtown amenities. Dorms are located on 170th mixed in with the neighborhood.

As you head further in to Washington Heights, a major shift occurs, namely in language. Signs turn to Spanish and the Dominican population swells, changing the tamber of the neighborhood. This is a great place to try some authentic Dominican food and to buy plantains, as they are sold in virtually every store in this neighborhood.

Washington Heights is also home to the George Washington Bus Terminal, which produces both noise and a variety of people. This neighborhood, once known for an intense drug and crime problem, has improved greatly within the past 2 decades. Today, many families live in the neighborhood’s standard multiple floor apartment buildings including some escaping expensive rent downtown. Rent in Washington Heights can be as low as $2300 for a 3 bedroom apartment in a walk up, or $600 to rent a room. Buying an apartment in the neighborhood depends on the location. Washington Heights’ prime real estate is located on the beautiful Riverside Drive with running trails and beautiful views of the water. Apartments there sell for over $1,000,000.

Lastly, the George Washington Bridge is located in the Heights and at night is a wonderful way to view the uptown area. It’s also the fastest way to New Jersey!

Washington Heights has a flare all its own, with wonderful people, great restaurants, and a truly New York City feel.
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Feb 26, 2009

"Too far away...not resident or tourist-friendly"

I had a friend who lived in Washington Heights to take advantage of the (relatively) inexpensive rents. But she worked with me on the Lower East Side at a club that wasn’t exactly running legal hours, and so sometimes we didn’t leave work until 4 or 5am, which isn’t exactly an opportune time to hop on the train and ride it for a couple of hours until you get up there. A cab ride home ran her about $40, which if you ask me is not worth the inexpensive rent, seeing as how a few cab rides plus her $500 rent equaled a nice place in a more downtown location. There are a lot of people who live up here because of the low rents, but just beware your distance from the rest of the island, and certainly don’t expect any tourist attractions way up here unless you want to take a picture of a boulder between two apartment buildings. (Hey, they call it the Heights for a reason….)

Best Streets in Washington Heights

1

Cabrini Blvd

1.5/5
"A nice, habitable street in Upper Manhattan."
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2

Wadsworth Ave

1.5/5
"On Wadsworth Avenue"
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3

Broadway

1.5/5
"West 166th Street"
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4

Dyckman St

1/5
"Venture in at your own risk. "
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Unranked Streets in Washington Heights

"Edgecombe Ave and Jackie Robinson"
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"Highbridge Park the Best Choice to See"
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Arden St

1/5
"On Arden Street"
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Audubon Ave

2.5/5
"Lots of Chinese places"
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Bennett Ave

2.5/5
"On Bennett Avenue"
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"This is Borgardus"
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