Washington Heights has a below average violent crime rate and a low property crime rate for New York City.
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Washington Heights, also known as 'Little Dominican Republic', is a hilly neighborhood way up in the northern part of Manhattan island. Gentrification has just begun to reach this area so it's still an affordable place to live.
There are a number of restaurants here, as well as some bars, but you won't find a ton of variety. Shopping is fairly limited as well; besides staples like grocery stores and pharmacies, there are lots of cheap retail stores lining the streets. But there is a lot of energy here and residents describe a strong community vibe. Fort Tryon Park offers 67 acres of paths, basketball courts, playgrounds, the Cloisters medieval museum, and the largest dog run in Manhattan. It's also got a burgeoning art scene.
Washington Heights is bordered on the north by Hudson Heights and Fort George, on the east by the Harlem River, on the south by Hamilton Heights, and on the west by the Hudson River.
Wall Street: 12 miles / 30-75 minutes by car / 45-60 minutes by transit
Rockefeller Center: 7.3 miles / 25-50 minutes by car / 30-35 minutes by transit
Jersey City: 21 miles / 30-55 minutes by car / 55-60 minutes by transit
An extension of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, this leafy spot has ancient tapestries and artwork from actual medieval French monasteries.
Offering a one-of-a-kind experience that brings seaside luxury to the concrete jungle, La Marina is the ideal hotspot for sunset cocktails with colleagues or a leisurely weekend brunch with family.
This no-frills spot features huge portions of Dominican fare, including garlicky rotisserie chicken. A highly rated restaurant and said to be some of the best grilled chicken in the city.
A multilingual, general-interest bookshop and arts space committed to preserving and building the neighborhood community.
No-frills pizzeria offering pizza by the slice or pie, plus gyros, wings and pastas. One of the best pizzas in the area.
A beautiful, quiet park overlooking the Hudson River.
Saggio offers fresh and simple Southern Italian cooking in a rustic and relaxed atmosphere. Top-notch wine and beer list.
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