Named after its one-time historical resident, Alexander Hamilton, Hamilton Heights is a hilly uptown neighborhood in Manhattan. Besides one of the country's founding fathers, there have been many other notable residents – musical greats Count Basie, Duke Ellington, George Gershwin, Oscar Hammerstein, and Lena Horne all lived here, as did the famous artist Norman Rockwell.
Like much of the city, the area has been gentrifying and in recent years young professionals and students have been moving in due to the affordable rents and home prices here. This influx has also brought accompanying restaurants and bars – and driven up prices. But this is still very much a neighborhood of families and older residents with a tight-knit community feel.
Housing-wise, you'll find a mix of large, older apartment buildings, row houses, brick walk-ups, and brownstones. Stately apartment and condominium buildings along Riverside Drive provide stunning views of the river and New Jersey.
In the northeast section of Hamilton Heights is the Sugar Hill sub-neighborhood, which was a desirable place for affluent black families in the 1930s and is still upscale to this day. Elegant brownstones, row houses, and several castle-like mansions line its streets.
Riverbank State Park is a 28-acre (11.3 hectares) park built atop a sewage treatment plant that sits 69 feet up from the Hudson River. It offers several pools, athletic fields, tennis and basketball courts, a running track, a theater, playgrounds, and a restaurant.
Hamilton Heights is also home to the neo-Gothic City College of New York.
Wall Street: 10.5 miles / 30-70 minutes by car / 45-50 minutes by transit
Rockefeller Center: 6 miles / 20-40 minutes by car / 30 minutes by transit
Jersey City: 22 miles / 35-55 minutes by car / 55-60 minutes by transit
Alexander Hamilton created the tools for the success of the United States. From his humble beginnings as an orphan on the Caribbean island of Nevis, he became George Washington's right-hand man.
An active church and cemetary in North Manhattan that has been around for over 300 years.
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