The Harlem sub-neighborhood of Hamilton Heights boasts some of the city’s most desired townhouses, and is best known for “Strivers’ Row.” Parts of Strivers’ Row were designed by the noted architecture firm of McKim, Mead and White, and in addition to the gardens in back, many of the townhouses have lovely staircases, fireplaces, pocket doors, and moldings. Even in the surrounding area, the conjunction of great subway access (the train stops at 135th and 145th streets) and beautiful row houses makes Hamilton Heights a lovely place to rent or buy a home.
Much of Hamilton Heights is landmarked single-family homes in styles ranging from Beaux-Arts to Romanesque. Condos are plentiful in Hamilton Heights as well, many of them historical properties renovated to include floor-to-ceiling windows, chef’s kitchens, and roof decks. Some have been opened up to create wide and bright loft spaces. The Hamilton Heights district — named because it was the former home of Alexander Hamilton— runs north from City College along the river. No wonder, then, that one of its draws is Riverbank State Park, which offers skating, basketball courts, and swimming. Long-range plans for Hamilton Heights are to open up access to the Hudson River for walking and biking, using a master plan that includes environmental design and public art.
Manhattan's Best Kept Secret
This historic area is truly one of a kind. Beautiful trees, brownstones and churches line nearly every street. Restaurants and fine dining continue to pop up making downtown less of a priority for the neighborhood residents - including myself.
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