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4.0 out of 10

Washington Heights

Ranked 39th best neighborhood in Manhattan
40.840543067123 -73.9379559858521
Great for
  • Parking
  • Parks & Recreation
  • Medical Facilities
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Not great for
  • Pest Free
  • Lack of Traffic
  • Peace & Quiet
  • Clean & Green
  • Nightlife
Who lives here?
  • Tourists
  • Trendy & Stylish
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Reviews

4/5 rating details
  • Neighborly Spirit 4/5
  • Clean & Green 3/5
  • Pest Free 3/5
  • Peace & Quiet 3/5
  • Eating Out 5/5
  • Nightlife 4/5
  • Parks & Recreation 4/5
  • Shopping Options 5/5
  • Gym & Fitness 3/5
  • Internet Access 5/5
  • Lack of Traffic 3/5
  • Parking 4/5
  • Cost of Living 5/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 4/5
  • Public Transport 4/5
  • Medical Facilities 3/5
Jul 31, 2017

"Washington Heights is On The Rise"

This neighborhood is certainly getting better each day. Tons of quality restaurants and places to shop. Rents are fair and Landlords are pleasant.
Pros
  • affordable rents
  • close to Columbia
  • Stunning views of the Hudson River
  • Gorgeous architecture lines streets like Pine Hurst Avenue, Cabrini Boulevard etc
Cons
  • Not much nightlife
Recommended for
  • Trendy & Stylish
2/5 rating details
  • Neighborly Spirit 2/5
  • Clean & Green 1/5
  • Pest Free 1/5
  • Peace & Quiet 1/5
  • Eating Out 1/5
  • Nightlife 2/5
  • Parks & Recreation 2/5
  • Shopping Options 2/5
  • Gym & Fitness 2/5
  • Internet Access 2/5
  • Lack of Traffic 1/5
  • Parking 2/5
  • Cost of Living 2/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 1/5
  • Public Transport 4/5
  • Medical Facilities 4/5
2yrs+

"I was born and raised here and know it like the palm of my hand"

I have seen the neighborhood go from a a lower middle class family oriented, ethnically mixed neighborhood in the 60s, to a "third world" country in the 80s. Crime was cleaned up a bit thanks to Guiliani in the 90s, but you still have gangs, poor immigrants mostly from the Dominican Republic, (but lots of Mexicans moving in), noise, - cars blasting merengue music at all times. Only white college students who want to live here for a couple years are moving here for cheap rents. The don't last long. There is an attempt at gentrification, and rapacious landlords want to take it over but generally, it's not the place to raise healthy kids-- - the schools are tough. George Washington High School is tough and the only Catholic high school mother cabrinin closed. Schools are mostly immigrant population so if you're white kid, you'll feel left out ( though whites living in the Heights send their kids to schools away from the neighborhood for some strange reason). It's basically an inner city neighborhood with pockets of buildings tjat charge you an arm and a leg considering the inner city neighborhood you're in. There are of junk stores, dozens of people selling fruit on the street, food without a license, it's a disaster. The "Jewish sections" are now called "Hudson heights" in an attempt of real estate people to distance it from the inner city poverty of the rest of the Heights. (And don't buy that stupid musical either). Hipsters may think it's cool to move up here, but we WaHi smell gentrification usually resent them. Most move out soon anyway, they can't take it. They're just "blanquitos" searching for cheap manhattan apartments. The Heights has a fascinating history - -most immigrants are unaware of it; it played a huge role during the American revolution. I am writing a book on it. At one time there were more communists in the heights than anywhere else in the USA . By the urban decay of the 70s things changed with the "white flight" of the 70s and crack epidemic of the 80s affected the neighborhood. I was dying to get out - the noise, crime, cat calling, poverty, drug addiction, teenage pregnancy. Inner city life. Not healthy. But now the landlords are buying every piece of land they can to build condos. Many residents resent it. Though most of us born lament what it's become, and look forward to moving out to safer, healthier places to live, we resent gentrification. WaHi was always lower middle class, not impoverished as it is now, not for the rich!

The only people who think Washington heights is cool are real estate and yeshiva university or Columbia students from out of state who did not live the 50 years of urban decay that many of us did. It was like surviving a plane crash. It still dangerous at night- if you can sleep. Summertime is hell with people taking their radios to the sidewalks. Regeton, merengue blasting at all hours. Can't sleep for the noise. Car alarms. Gangs. Rats everywhere because there is garbage from food everywhere. Illegal fruit vendors and food vendors leave a feast for rats every night. Forget the cops- they're too busy fighting drug dealers to deal with things like noise. Dirty streets, many roach infested building especially the older ones. Bodegas with cats (I.e. Mice); Starbucks? In "Hudson Heights" and those who live by Colombia Presbyterian which took over that area through eminent domain.

181street is hell hole, overpopulated, illegal street vendors, noise...the #1 - train stop us a descent (literally) into another dangerous hell hole. Subway stop.

Despite what the real estate agents say, do what my dad always recommends: visit the area at night. Then you'll get a sense of WaHi.
Pros
  • It's history
Cons
  • Rats and garbage
  • Noise noise noise
  • Depressing poverty
  • Crime rates continue to be a problem
  • terrible grocery stores
  • Can be dangerous
  • Not much nightlife
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johndoe1
johndoe1 This review was terrible ESPECIALLY for someone who claimed to have lived here for as long as you say you have. First off as a born and raised resident myself, NO ONE calls this place WaHi - where are you getting this from?. 181st is not a Hell hole. Yea it can be crowded but it's a shopping area a lot like fortsam road in the Bronx, 125th in Harlem or time square even. Being crowded is typical for any major city so I suggest using better class of words just because you don't like It. "Hell Hole" is definitely not the way anyone would describe it other than you. 181st is actually very convinent. All of the main teams in Washington Heights (1,A,C) stop in this area. You can find everything from Mcdonalds to Starbucks, a gym, modells and footlocker, plenty of shopping for great prices from clothes to furniture and home appliances. Many street vendors selling toys, electronics and food trucks. It's a one stop shop especially for someone new to the neighborhood.

Mentioning what it was in the 80's is just redundant. This area is far from that now. Barely any crime at all. The smell of marijuana lingers here and there and you will find many urban youth but crime is ground upon especially theft, domestic violence etc. Sadly the cat calling issue is true but it's not as exaggerated as people make it seem. Most women run into the same group of guys that do it but tell it like it's a epidemic on every corner. It's not!

There is a lot of culture and character here. A Passion for the arts and a vibrant atmosphere. Many children and nice places for them to play. There's even dog parks now. The 34th precent has a strong handle on the neighborhood and cameras on every single corner. There is a huge police presence as well which is normal with New York being a police state. There is no gang presence here. At least nothing organized. Back in the 90's it was an issue and during the early 2000's there were many clicks within different streets, blocks and avenues but that type of influence is gone.

Summer time is NOT HELL unless you mean the heat. Honestly I think you just hate it here, haha. I will admit it's not for everyone. The summer here can be nostalgic and memorable. There is nothing like a New York summer. The avenues become alive, family's set out to give their blocks life with music and BBQ's, the kids play sports outside and there are events to look forward to that are both good for adults and kids. This neighborhood is definitely great for exploring and if you are lucky enough to have access to a roof, the view is prettt beutiful especially if you are from out of town, so take it all in.
Yes it can be loud but need I remind you that it is the city! The one that never sleeps... we earned that name.

The night can seem shady, but common sense go's a long way as I'm sure it would in any big city. again as plenty people mention, it's the 3rd safest place in manhattan and that's not day time stats only.

Gentrification is slowly creeping in but it is bringing some really nice places to the neighborhood. Not all the natives like it but most people are very ambitious here, getting the right jobs to be able to enjoy the changes rather than wine about it.

Bodegas are a staple here and on a late night this will be a haven for a late snack or bare necessities etc... most are 24/7 which is great. Men- there is a barber shop on every block, lady's - there is a salon or nail shop right next to them.

Rats - yes, welcome to NEW YORK.

In conclusion this is one of the most convinient places to live for so many reasons and for a first timer in the city you can really make the most of your humble beginning here with friends or new ones you will make along the journey.

This is my Home and I welcome you to it! Good Luck.
Sep 20, 2017
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4/5 rating details
  • Neighborly Spirit 5/5
  • Clean & Green 5/5
  • Pest Free 3/5
  • Peace & Quiet 3/5
  • Eating Out 4/5
  • Nightlife 3/5
  • Parks & Recreation 3/5
  • Shopping Options 3/5
  • Gym & Fitness 3/5
  • Internet Access 5/5
  • Lack of Traffic 3/5
  • Parking 4/5
  • Cost of Living 4/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 4/5
  • Public Transport 3/5
  • Medical Facilities 5/5
2yrs+

"Five Years Away From Being a Top Neighborhood"

This area is about to explode.

It's a pretty tempting area. Apartments are spacious and many of them recently renovated. Lots of students and artists types and moving up there (especially musicians who need room for instruments and recording equipment). I'm sure there are some dingy apartments, but it's fairly easy to land a beautiful apartment at a good price--just be sure it's not above a bar or nightclub.

The parks and history of the area are also alluring, with greenery and historic sites and venerated businesses like Coogan’s Restaurant. The Columbia University Medical Center is one of the largest medical facilities in the US, and New York-Presbyterian Hospital is another excellent hospital.

Great apartments, natural beauty, good food, and excellent medical care? Why doesn't everyone live here?

The commute. The A is your only express train and runs local on the weekend...meanwhile the 1 train and the C trains are always running local, and those are your only 3 train options. Should anything disrupt service on those trains, you're not going to make your destination on time.

Crime rates aren't encouraging, but I wouldn't consider Washington Heights unsafe. Standard safety rules apply--don't walk down the street listening to your iPod waving cash around late at night. Be safe, be cautious, but don't be ruled by fear.
Pros
  • affordable rents
  • great museums
  • Many verdant parks abound
Cons
  • far from downtown
lulup
lulup Promising? Rapacious landlords driving working class people away through enormous rents, this neighborhood. I was born and raised here. I wish I knew what streets you're referring to. Those of us who lived through the hell hole of Washington Heights through the Dinkins ad I istration and still living here with the rats, noise and blasting merengue, crime, stab all times can tell you why everybody "doesn't live here. you must be a white out of state. Good good!? Where?
2yrs+
Angela LaMonte
Angela LaMonte @lulup what about the area smack dab in the middle of fort tryon and fort george ave? I am considering booking an airbnb but I keep reading your posts and am more scared of rats than people honestly. Can I get some feedback ?
Jun 26, 2017
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3/5 rating details
  • Neighborly Spirit 3/5
  • Clean & Green 1/5
  • Pest Free 5/5
  • Peace & Quiet 2/5
  • Eating Out 1/5
  • Nightlife 3/5
  • Parks & Recreation 4/5
  • Shopping Options 2/5
  • Gym & Fitness 5/5
  • Internet Access 5/5
  • Lack of Traffic 4/5
  • Cost of Living 5/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 3/5
  • Public Transport 5/5
  • Medical Facilities 5/5
2yrs+

"Good Place For Young And Vibrant"

Wash Heights is not as far away from the rest of NYC as it looks...20 minutes to midtown by A express train. The neighborhood is young and lively thanks to Columbia University's large health sciences campus on 168th and Broadway, and the surrounding dorms. There is the wonderful Riverside Park just 10 minutes away, and biking and jogging is ever present throughout the neighborhood. Food choices are not incredible, but Plum Pomidor, In Vino Veritas, and the famous Tasty Deli for a delicious hero at lunch will do. Coogans is a great place to test out your Hotel California rendition on Thursday karaoke nights. Plus, rent is cheaper than anywhere else in Manhattan. I would seriously recommend this neighborhood for anyone looking for a pleasant, inexpensive up-and-comer.
2/5 rating details
  • Neighborly Spirit 3/5
  • Clean & Green 4/5
  • Pest Free 2/5
  • Peace & Quiet 3/5
  • Eating Out 2/5
  • Nightlife 3/5
  • Parks & Recreation 4/5
  • Shopping Options 2/5
  • Gym & Fitness 3/5
  • Internet Access 3/5
  • Lack of Traffic 2/5
  • Cost of Living 4/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 2/5
  • Public Transport 4/5
  • Medical Facilities 2/5
2yrs+

"On the upswing"

Washington Heights is a good place to live if you are looking to combine the excitement of Manhattan with a relaxing, airy, historically rich and modestly developed neighborhood. If you are like me and you would rather live in a pre-war building as opposed to a high-rise that you have to get whiplash in order to look at, then look no further.

The quality of surroundings in this neighborhood is still somewhat sporadic, but a new wave of development and gentrification a-la-Harlem is sweeping in. This is creating a more desirable outlook on the whole area, and many products and services that would've ignored the neighborhood 5 years ago are giving it serious consideration.

This is especially true of lower areas of this neighborhood, where new cafes, restaurants, bars, fitness facilities and living spaces are becoming available. If there manages to be a nice balance struck between local flavor and changing demands, I see Washington Heights as a good place to live for years to come.
3/5
2yrs+

"Parks and Cajun Food - Not Much More"

Washington Heights is one of the northernmost sections of Manhattan. It is a hilly neighborhood that has spectacular views of the Hudson River and the Palisades. You will find lots of parks in this community. Stroll through the shady Fort Tryon Park, a 67-acre park designed by John D. Rockefeller, Jr., with its very own 3-acre Heather garden. The park is home to a very well known attraction, the Cloisters.

You will not find many hotel accommodations in Washington Heights. If you need a place to stay, try neighboring communities like Upper West Side, where you will find Hotel Belleclaire or Excelsior.

Stop by my favorite Cajun and Creole restaurant this side of New Orleans, the Baton Rouge. The seafood dishes are mouth watering and they even cater to your adventurous side – yes, they serve alligator!

For arts and entertainment, stop by the historic United Palace at 4140 Broadway offering a variety of theater events, live music, lectures and workshops.

Unranked Streets in Washington Heights

"Edgecombe Ave and Jackie Robinson"
40.8314828414308 -73.9403649984306
"Highbridge Park the Best Choice to See"
40.8434790870544 -73.9342817633826

Arden St

1/5
"On Arden Street"
40.8630365769137 -73.9278380356622

Audubon Ave

2.5/5
"Lots of Chinese places"
40.8476953430003 -73.933101055565

Bennett Ave

2.5/5
"On Bennett Avenue"
40.8555101292609 -73.9342898446143
"Edward M. Morgan Place"
40.834306007133 -73.9453757185399
"Maybe a little too quiet"
40.8587577572179 -73.9268262469594

Overlook Ter

2.5/5
"Overlooking the Terrace"
40.8545911514793 -73.936133003157
"On Pinehurst Avenue"
40.8510395490539 -73.9392938100215
"West 157th Street"
40.83324437808 -73.9429341156308

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