Slices of NYC: Washington Heights
Even if you have been to New York City many times, you may have never ventured to the incredibly vibrant and lively neighborhood of Washington Heights. As seen in the Broadway musical that recently became a hit movie, “In The Heights,” Washington Heights is one of the coolest places to be in Manhattan. It is home to the most prominent community of Dominican-Americans in the country, and as a result, the food, culture, and entertainment are simply amazing.
There are so many places to check out and restaurants to enjoy here, so let’s check out just a few. For one, the neighborhood is flanked by two scenic green spaces, Highbridge Park and Fort Washington Park. You can also walk across the High Bridge itself for some incredible views of the Manhattan skyline. If you venture a little further north past the GW Bridge you’ll reach Fort Tryon Park, which is home to the Met Cloisters. This fascinating museum is a part of the Metropolitan Museum of Art and is home to a wide variety of historical medieval artifacts. Getting up here can be a bit of a trek on the subway, but it will definitely be worth it!
Other areas of interest in Washington Heights include the Morris-Jumel Mansion, the oldest house in Manhattan, and Sylvan Terrace, a picturesque row of townhomes on a cobblestone street. Of course, a trip to this neighborhood is not complete without trying some of the local food. There are countless spots on every block of Washington Heights serving up delicious Latino cuisine and you really can’t go wrong here (I recommend Las Palmas on 163rd St and Broadway). Overall, everyone around this neighborhood is just extremely friendly and I think they truly embody the best that New York City has to offer.