Although Washington Heights and Inwood comprise the northernmost points of Manhattan’s Upper West Side, don’t let the map intimidate you – the express A train can have you in midtown Manhattan in under 30 minutes.
This surprisingly accessible enclave has recently drawn to its quaint, hilly streets many new residents priced out of downtown. An established Dominican community fills the neighborhood with authentic, delicious eateries. Washington Heights is ever-evolving, with a relaxed vibe, spacious and affordable housing, and a culturally varied population.
Recently rated one of the safest parts of New York City, it also boasts walking-distance proximity to the Hudson River and Fort Tryon Park, one of the city’s most stunning outdoor spaces.
Home to the Cloisters Museum, a spectacular view of the Hudson River, and 67 acres of exquisitely landscaped greenery, garden paths, and historic architecture, Fort Tryon Park is a centerpiece of the neighborhood. Its lovely grounds also feature playgrounds, dog runs, and the elegant New Leaf Restaurant & Bar.Fort Tryon Park
An actual medieval castle in Manhattan, the Cloisters is a branch of the Metropolitan Museum of Art. Assembled from parts of five European abbeys and located on four garden-filled acres of Fort Tryon Park, the Cloisters is a museum in its own right. Its collection of medieval artwork and manuscripts includes the famed “Unicorn Tapestries.”The Cloisters
This no-frills Dominican restaurant on 175th and Broadway has long been a neighborhood staple. Its delicious ethnic food and laid-back ambience are emblematic of Washington Heights’ community-oriented vibe.El Malecon Restaurant
Built as a grand 1930’s-era cinema palace, this sumptuously decorated theatre is now an operational church and concert venue. Rock shows, movie screenings, and live recitals take place in the exquisite space.United Palace Theatre