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    Default Walking in Washington Heights, Manhattan

    Ok this is probably the most extensive photo tour of Washington Heights that you will probably ever see posted! So as always, be nice and leave me a comment.

    Anyway, this is a huge neighborhood with a lot to see and do. I cover most of the 'official' neighborhood from 155th street to the shopping corridor of 181st street. This is mostly a Dominican enclave. But a good amount of American Blacks, Whites, Asians and other Hispanic groups do live in the neighborhood as well. Crime still is a problem in the neighborhood (especially among the local youth), but it is not as bad as it used to be back in the 70's to the 90's. It actually has gotten much better and safer theses days for most people. People who have been price out of Manhattan 'south', are looking up here these days. Raising rents have been a complaint in the neighborhood lately for many local residents though. Anyway, as long as you visit during the day, you will probably be fine. Nighttime, there are probably some streets that you might want to avoid, but I am not an expert or street smart in this neighborhood though.

    Well if you want, you can visit and spend almost a day wandering around and checking out many of the things that the neighborhood has to offer. You can visit the Hispanic Society of America, which has the largest collection of works from El Greco and Goya, outside of Spain. Manhattan's oldest remaining 'free standing' house, the Morris-Jumel Mansion built in 1765. Also the Little Red Lighthouse (1880), which was made famous by a 1942's children's book and of course walk on the Washington Bridge. There is also this huge Columbia hospital and school complex in the neighborhood.

    So please enjoy the tour!


    Washington Heights, Manhattan

    Washington Heights is on the high ridge in Upper Manhattan that rises steeply north of the narrow valley that carries 125th Street to the former ferry landing on the Hudson River. Though the neighborhood was once considered to run as far south as 125th Street, modern usage defines the neighborhood as running north from Harlem (Hamilton Heights) at 155th Street to Inwood.

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Washing...s%2C_Manhattan



    1. The Hispanic Society of America. Located at 155th Street and Broadway.


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    3. It looks big, but in fact the collection is small and can be done quickly. Plus is free to visit.


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    5. The Boricua College and the American Academy of Arts and Letters also occupy some of those buildings as well.


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    23. Back on Broadway. A good amount of shops, mostly dominican shops and some chain stores.


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    28. Malcolm X & Dr. Betty Shabazz Memorial & Educational Center is a new building that kept an old facade of a building called the Audubon Ballroom. This is the site where Malcolm X was assassinated during a speech in 1965.


    29. These buildings are part of the Columbia medical complex.


    30. Statues representing soldiers that fought in the American Revolutionary War. There was a deadly battle up on this area of Manhattan and the British won.


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    35. An old Armory transform into an athletic building.


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    47. Looks like a wonderful old theater. It now houses some type of evangelist services.


    48. A little farmers market.


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    54. Yeah, a 24 hour McDonalds.

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    62. I was surprise to find these wonderful blocks of townhouses.


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    65. Morris-Jumel Mansion, headquarters for George Washington during the Revolutionary War. And the oldest free standing house in Manhattan.


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    67. Sylvan Terrace. Historic wooden row houses built in 1882.


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    74. High Bridge Park. That is a historic water tower built 1872.


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    77. Four huge building towers built on top of one of New York's most important highways, 95.


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    80. Another bus terminal. Yes a second one, besides that big one on 42nd.


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    82. 181st street shopping corridor.


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    95. Oh yeah, we are getting closer to that huge bridge.


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    118. Yes, I am on top of the bridge!


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    121. Look at that view!


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    You've just made my day Krull (and Jularc). Absolutely stunning. I LOVE this neighbourhood. Thank you.

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    Krulltime. Thank you for taking the time to take and post these photographs of a rarely seen part of the ciy.

    On my last visit I only went to the bridge and the 181st street area so thanks for showing me what I missed.
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    Thank you for posting these krulltime. Your pictures of the Washington Bridge are fantastic.

    *sits and waits for the next photo tour*

    -Ben

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    Fantastic shots. There are some really wonderful buildings in the neighborhood.

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    Nice to see you out walking again, krultime.

    Should we start a shoe fund?

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    ^ You just know that I had to wear out some shoes with these walks.

    Thanks everyone for your kind comments. I always appreciate them.

    Yeah I pretty much went all over the place on this one neighborhood. Up and down, and twisting around. Oh and you wouldn't know what I had to go thru to get to the bottom of that bridge! Highways and roads all over the place, some creepy deserted paths and this one awful pedestrian tunnel. Many times, I though it was the end for me, but it was all my imagination after all. At the end thankfully, I did find a better way out. LOL!

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    I know what you're talking about. I run/walk up the path along the river from time to time, and crossing over/under/through the train tracks and highway to get up to the bridge can be a bit of an adventure.

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    Nice. looks like a great place.
    Thanks for sharing.

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    Ooops, how stupid of me.
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    ^^^

    You should read krulltime's introduction here

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    Thanks for checking the thread and for the nice comments.

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