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Get to know Hamilton Heights

Sandwiched between Morningside Heights and Washington Heights, Hamilton Heights is named after the founding father (and Broadway inspiration) Alexander Hamilton. The home he lived in for the last two years of his life, the Grange, still stands (in St. Nicholas Park, moved from its original location). While this part of Manhattan was rural farmland in Hamilton’s day, beginning at the end of the 19th century, and fueled by the extension of elevated train and subway lines, developers erected stately rowhouses and apartment buildings. And, like Harlem today, Hamilton Heights is enjoying a resurgence of interest. The main City College campus also gives the area some of the collegiate feeling of neighboring Morningside Heights.
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History & Culture

Hamilton Heights fell historically within the village of Harlem, which remained independent of New York City through the 1870s. It’s still considered an extension of West Harlem and includes the subsection of Sugar Hill, immortalized in the jazz standard ‘Take the A Train’ — Duke Ellington and Billy Strayhorn were both residents. Other than its namesake’s homestead, none of the neighborhood’s landmarks draw too many tourists, much to the delight of residents who don’t have to fight for tables at the bevy of exciting eateries nearby.

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