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Get to know Washington Heights

Washington Heights spans northern Manhattan from the Hudson to the Harlem rivers, north of 155th Street up to Dyckman Street (the border with Inwood). It gets its name from Fort Washington, which long stood at Manhattan’s highest point. Washington Heights has emerged as a desirable neighborhood, offering residents an appealingly slower pace and often larger apartments than can be found in points south. While it may be far from some of Manhattan’s cultural highlights, it boasts its own, foremost among them the Met Cloisters and the Hispanic Society of America.
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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.

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