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Washington Heights

Sylvan Terrace Historic District (featured in Boardwalk Empire).

Pack a Picnic: Here's Where You'll Find Some of NYC's Prettiest Parks

This neighborhood in northern Manhattan is long on history (the borough's oldest house is here) and has green space galore, including Fort Tryon Park, site of the Cloisters.

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At a Glance

  • Play ball: From 1903 - 1912, the Yankees, then known as the Highlanders, played in Hilltop Park (now Columbia University's medical campus).
  • Art smart: The Hispanic Society of America Museum has the second largest collection of works by El Greco and Goya — only Madrid's Museo del Prado has more.
  • Namesake: Washington Heights is named for George Washington, who headquartered at the Morris-Jumel Mansion in 1776.

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About Washington Heights

Many visitors to Washington Heights start with a tour of the Morris-Jumel Mansion (the oldest house in Manhattan) at the neighborhood's southern end or The Cloisters (the Metropolitan Museum of Art's medieval collection) on its northern border. In between, the neighborhood offers just the right balance of New York City history and immigrant flavor. Beginning as an Irish settlement more than 100 years ago and incorporating Jewish and Greek culture in the mid-20th century, the area is now Read More [+]

LIVING in Manhattan

The Great Lawn in Central Park (Photo: Yourdon/Flickr)

The Best Parks in New York City

New York may be one of the most densely populated cities in the world, but you’re rarely more than a few blocks away from green space. Read More »

ethnic eats

Ethnic Eats: Best Places to Shop and Snack

New York City has been known as the “Great Melting Pot” since the early 1900s, and all those years of cultural diversity have had quite a positive impact on its food.Wandering from borough to borough and neighborhood to neighborhood, nomadic Read More »


jazz club

Harlem Jazz: Where to Go Now

Duke Ellington’s popular tune “Take the ‘A’ Train” succinctly sums up the state of today’s New York jazz scene Read More »

(Photo-illustration: Mary-Louise Price Foss, Photos: Peter Macdiarmid/Getty Images, iStockphoto)

New York’s Culinary Diamonds in the Rough

With restaurants, you can’t be blamed for judging a book by its cover – the overall appearance of a place can be a good indication of whether or not to continue inside and try the food. Unfortunately, some of the city’s most aesthetically-pleasing restaurants can also serve Read More »

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