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Community Resources

 

 

Washington Heights and Inwood


Boundaries


Washington Heights and Inwood are the two northernmost neighborhoods on Manhattan Island. Washington Heights is bounded to the south by 155th Street and to the north by Fairview Avenue and runs from the Harlem River on the east to the Hudson River on the west. Inwood is the northern tip of the island, everything lying north of Fairview Avenue. The two neighborhoods are often lumped together as one because administratively they make up Manhattan Community District 12.


Geography


Geographically, two major hills run the length of the community, one with a ridge along Fort Washington Avenue and Inwood Hill Park, the other with a ridge running along St. Nicholas Avenue to Dyckman Street. Each of the ridges rise over 200 feet, often quite dramatically, from the Harlem and Hudson Rivers. Running between these ridges is a more gently sloped valley, through the middle of which runs Broadway. Dyckman Strret is built over a major geological fault, which cuts through the westernmost ridge, separating Fort Tryon Park from Inwood Hill Park and terminating at the eastern St. Nicholas Avenue ridge.

Several large parks dominate the area. Fort Tryon Park and Inwood Hill Park run along the Hudson River while Highbridge park, runs along the Harlem River. Columbia University's athletic fields are located at the extreme northern end of the community. Parks occupy almost a third of the community, more than in any other community in the city.


History

Washington Heights and Inwood held great significance for Native Americans of the Lower Hudson Valley. As early as 6,500 years ago, hunters settled in the area, the ancestors of the Lenape people that would meet the first European arrivals of the 17th century. It is believed that three major camps were located in the areas.

The Lenape's major trail ran the length of Mahattan's hilly spine, connecting the island's southern tip with the woods and marshes in the north. This route provided the path for the first regional roads through the area, which the 19th century city incorporated into Broadway and other major avenues as it sprawled northward.

With its wooded slopes and prospect over the Hudson, Washington Heights held strategic importance in the Revolutionary War. Place names, historic markers and remnants of fortifications trace the history of the Battle of Harlem Heights and the retreat of the American forces under General George Washington.

In the 19th century, Washington Heights became the connecting point between the island and the Bronx, Westchester and the Hudson Valley, and later New Jersey, as the City built bridges and railroads along the Hudson and Harlem River shorelines.


Population

Largely populated by German jewish refugees in the 1930s and 1940s, but with large emigration by Jews, Greeks, and Germans in the 1960s, the neighborhood is now mostly populated by recent immigrants, largely from the Caribbean and Latin America. Although, the community is one of the most culturally diverse in the city, the neighborhood has one of the largest concentrations of Dominicans in the United States.

According to the 2000 Census, Washington Heights/Inwood had a population of 208,414 people, which represented an increase of 5.2% since the 1990 Census. The racial/ethnic breakdown is as follows: 74.1% Hispanic, 13.6% White (non-His-panic), 8.4% Black (non-Hispanic), 2.1% Asian/Pacific Islander.


Community Treasures


Washington Heights and Inwood are home to some of the most important remnants of the Colonial Period as well as museums.


Cloisters Museum

The Cloisters, a beautifilly ersatz monastery in Fort Tyron park, is home to the Metropolitan Museum's collection of medieval art. The museum's stone-walled promenade overlooking the Hudson and English-style garden make for a sweepingly romantic spot. Inside the museum, the central cloister, its pink marble arcades and fountain purchased from the impoverished French monastery of St. Michel de Culixa at the turn of the century, will trick you into believing that you're really in southwestern France.


Morris-Jumel Mansion

With its proud Georgian outlines faced with a later Federal portico, Morris-Jumel Mansion is one of the more successful house museums in New York City. Inside, the mansion's rooms reveal some of it's engaging history. Built as a rural retreat in 1765 by Colonel Roger Morris, the house became George Washington's headquarters in the Fall of 1776 during the battle of Harlem Heights before falling into the hands of the British. The house was later purchased and refurbished by a wealthy merchant, Stephen Jumel for his wife Eliza, formerly a prostitute and his mistress. On the top floor of the house is her obituary, a magnificently fictionalized account of a "scandalous" life.


Dyckman Farmhouse

Dyckman Farmhouse is the oldest farmhouse still standing in New York City. The foundations date from the 1600's. The current house was reconstructed in 1783 after the original structure was burned by the British in 1777.
 


Cultural Organizations and Special Events
 

American Academy of Arts & Letters
Location
633 West 155th Street
Audubon Terrace & 155th Street
New York, N.Y. 10032
Phone: 212-368-5900
Fax
212-491-4615
Headquarters of 250 artists, writers, and
composers elected to membership.
Special art exhibitions (call for dates and times).


American Numismatic Society

Location
Broadway at 155th Street
New York, N.Y. 10032
Phone: 212-234-3130
Website
Rotating display of world coins, a
famous and extensive numismatic library,
and staff to answer questions.


Cloisters Museum
Location
190 Fort Washington Avenue
New York, N.Y. 10040
Phone: 212-923-3700
Website
The Metropolitan Museum of Art's medieval
collection includes the Unicorn Tapestries.
The collections are housed in Romanesque
and Gothic structures.


Dyckman House

Location
4881 Broadway at West 204th Street
New York, N.Y. 10031
Phone: 212-304-9422
Website
The only 18th century farmhouse left in
Manhattan. Restored with Dutch & English
furnishings, local archeological artifacts, herb
gardens, a reconstructed smokehouse and military hut.


Hintersteiner Gallery
Location
711 West 168th Street
New York, N.Y. 10032
Art works by local artists and Medical Center
staff, faculty, and students are on display.


Hispanic Society of America

Location
Audubon Terrace
Broadway and 155th Street
New York, N.Y. 10032
Phone: 212-926-2234
Website
Remarkable collection of paintings by Goya,
El Greco, and Velasquez, and decorative
materials from Spain and Portugal; also
features a research library.

Morris-Jumel Mansion and
The Jumel Terrace Historical District
Location
65 Jumel Terrace
160th Street and Edgecombe Avenue
New York, N.Y. 10032
Phone: 212-923-8008
Fax
212-923-8947
Website
Built in 1765, remodeled in 1810, this Fed-eral-style wood house served as Washing-ton's temporary headquarters. The Mansion contains Georgian, Federal and French Empire furniture, decorations, and colonial-style gardens.


The Bridge Theater Company

Location
250 Fort Washington Avenue, Suite #4F
New York, N.Y. 10032
The Company presents full-length and one act plays in the community. Please call for updates on performances.


The Little Red Lighthouse Festival

Location
Fort Washington Park and Riverside Drive
New York, N.Y. 10033
Phone: 800-201-PARK
Website
Taking place in late September or early October and the event features food, mobile museums, hayrides, face painting and a celebrity reading of The Little Red Lighthouse and The Great Grey Bridge.


The Medieval Festival

Location
Fort Tryon Park New York,
N.Y. 10040
Phone: 212-795-1600
On the 3rd or 4th Sunday in September, the Cloisters is converted into a medieval wonderland, which includes jousts, medieval crafts, falconers, combatants, costumes, foods from medieval times and much more. More than 30,000 people from the tri-state area attend the event.


Uptown Treasures

Location
799 Fort Washington Avenue
New York, N.Y. 10040
Phone: 212-696-7995
Website
Every year, members of various cultural institutions organize a bus tour of all major sights in the area. The event takes place in late September.


 


Dining, Fast-Food Venues, and Social Spots
 

Aquamarina
Location
4060 Broadway
New York, N.Y. 10032
Phone: 212-928-0070/5888
Italian cuisine. 
 


Boleros

Location
3920 Broadway
New York, N.Y. 10032
Phone: 212-523-9500
Argetinian specialties.


Bleu Evolution

Location
806 West 187th Street
(Between Ft. Washington Avenue and
Cabrini Boulevard)

New York, N.Y. 10040
Phone: 212-928-6006
Features Mediterranean food


Carrot Top

Location
3931 Broadway
New York, N.Y. 10032
Phone: 212-927-4800
Baked goods, sandwiches and salads.


Columbia Center Deli

Location
83 Haven Avenue
New York, N.Y. 10032
Phone: 212-927-3300
Sandwiches and more.


Como Pizza

Location
4035 Broadway
New York, N.Y. 10032
Phone: 212-928-7867


Coogan's

Location
4015 Broadway
New York, N.Y. 10032
Phone: 212-928-1234
Featuring a variety of beers, good food
and friendly service.


Dallas BBQ's

Location
3956 Broadway
New York, N.Y. 10032
Phone: 212-568-3700


Domino's Pizza

Location
736 West 181st Street
New York, N.Y. 10033
Phone: 212-781-3700
Website


El Malecon (a.k.a. "the Chicken King")

Location
4141 Broadway
New York, N.Y. 10033
Phone: 212-927-3812


El Presidente

Location
3938 Broadway
New York, N.Y. 10032
Phone: 212-927-7011


El Rancho Jubilee

Location
10 Hillside Avenue
New York, N.Y. 10040
Phone: 212-304-1010
Free Parking Columbia staff and students
receive 15% discount off food


Empire Szechuan

Location
4041 Broadway
New York, N.Y. 10032
Phone: 212-568-1600
Chinese, Japanese (including Sushi).


Famiglia

Location
4007 Broadway
New York, N.Y. 10032
Phone: 212-927-3333


Fresh Tortillas

Location
4195 Broadway
New York, N.Y. 10033
Phone: 212-928-1638/8899


Galicia Restaurant

Location
4083 Broadway
New York, N.Y. 10032
Phone: 212-568-0163


Hathie's Coffee Shop

Location
3915 Broadway
New York, N.Y. 10032
Phone: 212-927-7650


International Buffet

Location
4073 Broadway
New York, N.Y. 10032
Phone: 212-740-1616


Jade House

Location
4028 Broadway
New York, N.Y. 10032
Phone: 212-923-1797
Chinese take-out or eat-in.


Joe's Pizza

Location
1121 St. Nicholas Avenue
New York, N.Y. 10032
Phone: 212-781-8082


Jou Jou

Location
603 West 168th Street
New York, N.Y. 10032
Phone: 212-781-2222

 

Kismat
Location
603 Fort Washington Avenue
New York, N.Y. 10040
Phone: 212-795-8633
Indian cuisine


La Barca Restaurant

Location
3892 Broadway
New York, N.Y. 10032
Phone: 212-568-7741/212-928-1090


La Dinastia II

Location
4059 Broadway
New York, N.Y. 10032
Phone: 212-928-6605
Chinese and Latin cuisine


Mike's Bagels

Location
4003 Broadway
New York, N.Y. 10032
Phone: 212-928-2300


Papa Johns
Location
701 West 178th Street
New York, N.Y. 10033
Phone: 212-795-7272
Website


Reme's Diner
Location
4021 Broadway
New York, N.Y. 10032
Phone: 212-923-5452


Shangri-La

Location
228 Fort Washington Avenue
New York, N.Y. 10032
Phone: 212-927-6685
Deli, hot/cold buffet, open for breakfast and lunch.


Starbuck's

Location
803 West 181st Street
New York, N.Y. 10033
Phone: 212-927-4272


Tasty Deli

Location
4020 Broadway
New York, N.Y. 10032
Phone: 212-568-3838/212-923-0700


X Caffe

Location
3952 Broadway
New York, N.Y. 10032
Phone: 212-543-1999

Fast Food Venues


Burger King

Location
1419 Saint Nicholas Avenue
New York, N.Y. 10033
Phone: 212-927-4787
Website


Kentucky Fried Chicken

Location
4076 Broadway
New York, N.Y. 10040
Phone: 212-928-4637
Website


McDonald's Restaurant

Location
4036 Broadway
New York, N.Y. 10032
Phone: 212-923-9582
Website
10% discount with hospital ID.


Subway

Location
3920 Broadway
Phone: 212-740-9380


Taco Bell

Location
4076 Broadway
New York, N.Y. 10032
Phone: 212-928-4637
Website


Wendy's

Location
3939 Broadway
New York, N.Y. 10032
Phone: 212-928-0321
Website
www.wendys.com
10% off with Columbia ID.

Social Spots


Arca Lounge

Location
4088 Broadway
New York, N.Y. 10040
Phone: 212-567-9426

Parking
For additional listings, please see Parking, On Campus under General Services.


Kinney Parking Systems

Location
St. Nicholas Avenue
(Between 165th and 166th Streets)

Parks and Recreation
 

Armory Track & Field
Location
216 Fort Washington Avenue
New York, N.Y. 10032
Phone: 212-923-2068
Used by high schools for their meets,
this state-of-the-art track is available
to community residents and CPMC staff,
students and faculty for a nominal fee.


Fort Tryon Park

Location
The main entrance to the park is located at
West 192nd Street and Ft. Washington Avenue.


Fort Washington Park

Location
Nestled between Riverside Drive and the
Hudson River, the park runs from 155th Street
to 179th Street and is home to the Little Red Lighthouse.

Highbridge Park
Location
173rd Street & Amsterdam Avenue
Features a pool, softball fields and a recreational center for youth.


Inwood Hill Park

Location
215th Street & Seaman Avenue
Bike and walking trails, Inwood Hill Park is best known for its Ecological Center. Located near Bakers Field, the park has tennis courts; handball courts soccer fields and four softball fields.


J. Hood Wright Park

Location
173rd Street & Fort Washington Avenue
Newly renovated, this park features a dog run for all pet lovers and a great children's playground.


Riverbank State Park

Location
145th Street & Riverside Drive
This state-of-the-art recreational facility features an ice-skating rink, a track, handball courts, a football field, basketball courts and two swimming pools.


Shopping

Bravo Supermarket
Location
3871 Broadway
New York, N.Y. 10032
Phone: 212-568-1524


Columbia Center Deli

Location
83 Haven Avenue
New York, N.Y. 10032
Phone: 212-927-3300


Fairway Supermarket

Location
2388 12th Avenue 125th Street
(off West Side Highway)
New York, N.Y. 10027
Phone: 212-234-3883
Free shuttle bus.


Gristedes

Location
4037 Broadway
New York, N.Y. 10032
Phone: 212-923-2290
Grocery.


University Deli

Location
603 West 168th Street
New York, N.Y. 10032
Phone: 212-568-3838


Retail Stores


Anthony's Flower Shop

Location
4034 Broadway (near 170th Street)
New York, N.Y. 10032
Phone: 212-923-5900


Duane Reade

Location
617 West 181st Street
New York, N.Y. 10033
Phone: 212-923-5802
Website
Hairspray, shaving cream,
razors and more


Farmer's Market

Location
175th Street
between Wadsworth Avenue and Broadway
April thru December
All kinds of fresh produce.


Glaubers Gift Shop

Location
560 West 181st Street
New York, N.Y. 10033
Phone: 212-927-5566
Lamps (usually fancy ones), dishes,
cookware, silverware, and canisters.


GNC General Nutrition Center

Location
4261 West 181st Street
(Between Broadway and Bennett Avenues)
New York, N.Y. 10033
Phone: 212-675-5204


Henry Jorisch Computing, Inc.

Location
720 Fort Washington Avenue
(Corner of 190th Street)
New York, N.Y. 10040
Phone: 212-923-3545
Software, consulting, and training.


HMV

Location
308 West 125th Street
New York, N.Y. 10027
Phone: 212-932-9619
Website
Music for all your listening pleasures.


Jeans Plus

Location
4173 Broadway
(Broadway between 176th and 177th Streets)
New York, N.Y. 10033
Phone: 212-923-2342
Sportswear, jeans, and sneakers.


Jennifer Covertibles

Location
610 West 181st Street
New York, N.Y. 10033
Phone: 212-568-2554
Website
Furniture.


K-B Toys

Location
1411 St. Nicholas Avenue
New York, N.Y. 10033
Phone: 212-928-4816
Website
Recreational and educational toys for children


Loehmann's

Location
5740 Broadway
(Corner of 236th Street)
Bronx, N.Y. 10463
Phone: 718-543-6420
Website
Designer women's and men's apparel,
sportswear, accessories and shoes.


Mail Boxes, Etc

Location
4049 Broadway
(Between 170th and 171st Streets)
New York, N.Y. 10032
Phone: 212-795-1217
Website
Photocopying, UPS, FedEx, and DHL services.
 

Modells Sporting Goods
Location
606 West 181st Street
(Between St. Nicholas and Wadsworth Avenues)
New York, N.Y. 10033
Phone: 212-568-3000
Website
Sporting equipment and sneakers.


New Life Health Food Center

Location
736 West 181st Street
New York, N.Y. 10033
Phone: 212-923-0494
Natural and herbal products for your health.


New York & Company

Location
4261 Broadway
New York, N.Y. 10033
Phone: 212-927-3624
Women's clothing.


Old Navy

Location
300 West 125th Street
New York, N.Y. 10027
Phone: 212-531-1544
Website
Women, children, and men apparel at affordable prices.


Radio Shack

Location
4020 Broadway
New York, N.Y. 10032
Phone: 212-781-6057
Website
Electronic appliances and cell phone services


Rite Aid


Location #1
4046 Broadway
New York, N.Y. 10032
Phone: 212-928-2550

Location #2
1040 St. Nicholas Avenue
New York, N.Y. 10032
Phone: 212-795-3218

Location #3
4211 Broadway
New York, N.Y. 10033
Phone: 212-781-5396
Website
The largest drugstore in the neighborhood.


Sano Health Food Center

Location
4065 Broadway
New York, N.Y. 10032
Phone: 212-928-1250


Staples

Location
5680 Broadway
(234th and 125th Street and Broadway)
Bronx, N.Y. 10471
Phone: 718-884-6544
Website
Office and school supplies, computer accessories, and more.


The Children's Place

Location
600 West 181st Street
New York, N.Y. 10033
Phone: 212-923-7244
Website
Clothing store for children.


TNT Locksmith Security

Location
59 Audubon Avenue
(Between 168th and 169th Streets) New York, N.Y. 10032
Phone: 212-781-9656
Keys/locks, gates, safes, alarms, card access, and magnetic locks.


Uptown Car Rental

Location
506 West 181st Street
(Between Audubon and Amsterdam Avenue) New York, N.Y. 10033
Phone: 212-927-7000
New and used car rentals. Cash and credit cards welcome.


Vitamin Shoppe

Location
651 West 181st Street
New York, N.Y. 10033
Phone: 212-927-2849
Website

 

99¢ Stores
Location
170th & 171st and Between 171st & 172nd and St. Nicholas Avenue
Phone: 212-781-5661
For special bargains.


Video Rentals


Blockbuster Video Rentals

Location
4211 Broadway
New York, N.Y. 10033
Phone: 212-795-3717
Website


Cinemat Video Rental

Location
Presbyterian Hospital, 1st floor