History & Culture
Arguably Upper Manhattan’s most historic neighborhood, Washington Heights played a pivotal role in the Revolutionary War, owed to the strategic advantage of its high elevation above the Harlem River. George Washington briefly headquartered in the Morris-Jumel Mansion, where Eliza Jumel later married Aaron Burr in the parlor — the Palladian-style holdout remains the oldest surviving house in the borough. The neighborhood’s literal landscape has also helped define its cultural one, with the scenic wonder that once attracted mansion-building burghers today offering residents an abundance of parkland and character. In 1848, the neighborhood became the gateway for the Croton Aqueduct, which entered on a dramatic sandstone viaduct, dubbed “High Bridge,” that’s today enjoyed for recreational crossings into the Bronx.