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    Does anyone have any photos of the skyline from Jumel Terrace? The description in today's Times is dazzling:

    "It's not that Jumel Terrace needed help distinguishing itself. Perched on the highest elevation in Manhattan, the neighborhood feels like a slice of Colonial Williamsburg airlifted into the city. The Palladian Morris-Jumel Mansion, built in 1765, is the oldest house in Manhattan, and was associated with George Washington and Aaron Burr. The mansion's tree-shaded grounds offer sweeping vistas across the Harlem River to Yankee Stadium and down to the spires of Midtown, glittering like Oz in the distance. There's also the implausibly quaint cobblestone street Sylvan Terrace, a single block lined with wood-framed row houses from 1882. The majestic brownstones of West 160th and West 162nd Streets that frame the area complete a pocket of almost startling gentility wedged between uppermost Harlem and Washington Heights."

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    Default Jumel Views

    I'll try and take some shots and post them. I can just imagine what the view was like before the area got built-up.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Schadenfrau
    What's the bar that shares a backyard with Bleu Evolution? I had a great night at that place and recommend that, as well.
    Quote Originally Posted by RM1725
    It's more of a cafe than a bar last I was around. It's on Fort Washington Ave. B-E is on 187th.
    Bleu Evolution is more of a restaurant than a cafe nowadays. Monkey Bar plays more of the cafe role, at least during the day; it's a "pub" by-night.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Azazello
    Bleu Evolution is more of a restaurant than a cafe nowadays. Monkey Bar plays more of the cafe role, at least during the day; it's a "pub" by-night.
    Good to know. Thanks. I drop by this weekend with my GF instead of heading downtown to get the skinny. Have'nt been in a few years.

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    This is funny. The only places in Washington Hts. that were mentioned were all on the west side of Broadway. Ummmmmmmmmm, what about the east side (and if you don't know which side that is, then I guess you're not really from there)? I keep hearing the Cloisters & Jesse's Place. What about the crap on St. Nick, Audobon & Amersterdam. Or do you all just sit tight on 181st & Ft. Washington?

    There is more to the Hts. than just that area, the area the yuppies took over & now act as though they discovered it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by bxgrl74
    I keep hearing the Cloisters & Jesse's Place. What about the crap on St. Nick, Audobon & Amersterdam. Or do you all just sit tight on 181st & Ft. Washington
    You go girl...

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    Pre-wars and Brownstones are the way to go.

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    Washington Heights

    The Sound and the Furious

    Published: June 22, 2008

    NAOMI FIRSTMAN, a nurse, lives in an apartment building on the corner of 184th Street and Bennett Avenue, in Washington Heights. Or at least that’s where she gets her mail.

    Suzanne DeChillo/The New York Times
    “The community is definitely in an uproar,” said a spokeswoman for the local councilman.

    Lately, she has been sleeping at a friend’s apartment a few blocks away. Her own apartment, she said, has been rendered virtually uninhabitable by construction noise, and she isn’t talking about familiar New York sounds like the clatter of jackhammers or the beeping of forklifts.

    For the past seven months, Ms. Firstman said, a hydraulic hammer has been pounding away at a hulking mass of rock right outside her window. Washington Heights is a rocky place, and the steep hills and palisades for which the neighborhood is named have long served as natural fortifications against development.

    Until recently, the lot on Overlook Terrace, a little more than a half-acre, looked much as it must have looked millennia ago, with scrappy trees and bushes clinging to a towering rock formation.

    But now a contracting company is breaking down the rock to make way for a 27-story condominium, and local reaction has been, in a word, loud.

    “The community is definitely in an uproar,” said Wendy Olivo, a spokeswoman for City Councilman Robert Jackson.

    One reason the hammering is so noisy is the altitude of the site. When the project began, in November 2007, the rock formation was about 60 feet tall, and it acted, in essence, as a bell tower, projecting the hammering over the blanket-covered plywood wall that was meant to serve as a sound barrier. After months of rock-breaking, as the process is known in the construction industry, the formation is still at least 40 feet higher than the plywood wall, and neighbors continue to complain.

    Mark Tosolini, the project superintendent for Marson Contracting Company, said that the firm had tried to mollify local residents by reducing the number of hours in which hammering is allowed. Beyond that, he said, there is little that can be done.

    “There’s no physical way of actually covering the site or soundproofing the site,” he said.

    Despite such assertions, many residents are intent on silencing the racket. Silence Overlook, an online group dedicated to protesting the noise, has 47 members, among them Shaya Potter, a doctoral student in computer science at Columbia University. Although the city’s environmental inspectors have visited the site and allowed the hammering to proceed,

    Mr. Potter is contemplating filing a complaint with the city’s Environmental Control Board.

    “I used to work from home,” he said. Now, when the hammering starts, he gets on a train and heads down to Columbia.

    For some of his neighbors, he added, getting away is not an option. “It really impacts the homebound,” he said, “the elderly and the sick.”

    Copyright 2008 The New York Times Company

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    The lot is near Bennett Park, at Fort Washington Ave & 183rd St, the highest elevation on Manhattan.

    The neighborhood derived its name from the fort built in 1776, GW's last stronghold on the island. The park is named for James Bennett, who founded the New York Herald in 1835, and purchased the land in 1871.

    Bennett Park history

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    Thanks for the info Zippy.

    It will be interesting to see how this site turns out, I think 27 storeys is quite tall for this district, isn't it?

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    I don't know if the saying is used in the States, but in the UK, even today, it is quite common to hear someone say "Gordon Bennett" if they are surprised by something.

    An explanation is HERE

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    Ha! Im familiar Brian, my mother also used to say 'christ's teeth' who knows where that comes from.

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    ^^ That's a new one on me.

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    My mum also swears like a sailor so I wouldnt worry!

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    March 11, 2009, 4:52 pm

    A Renewal at Audubon Terrace, Etched in Glass

    By David W. Dunlap

    The new Glass Link at Audubon Terrace joins the former home of the American Numismatic Society, left, with the headquarters of the American Academy of Arts and Letters. Slide Show

    For three decades, the news from Audubon Terrace — Upper Manhattan’s lovely but bedraggled cultural acropolis — has usually been disheartening. The story was of departure, decay and contraction.

    This week, the story is of recommitment, renewal and expansion; rendered visible (but not too visible) in a serene new 12-by-12-by-16-foot glass structure linking the headquarters of the American Academy of Arts and Letters, at 633 West 155th Street, to the former home of the American Numismatic Society, just a few steps to the east.

    Joining two neo-Classical landmarks across a short terrace, the link is meant to be unobtrusive. Its walls, floor, beams and gabled roof — echoing nearby pediments — are made of an almost perfectly colorless glass. The structure is framed in bronze at both ends. The dimensions of the glass walls hew closely to the golden mean, a ratio of 1:1.618, “reflecting the ‘divine proportion’ so important to many of the arts,” said James Vincent Czajka, the architect.

    The $1.45 million Glass Link, as it is called, has permitted the academy to expand its gallery space into the old numismatic building, part of which has undergone a $300,000 renovation. The link and the new galleries will open to the public on Thursday, at the beginning of the Invitational Exhibition of Visual Arts, which runs through April 5.

    “The new intervention makes it possible to understand and enjoy two historic buildings in ways hitherto unimagined,” said Henry N. Cobb of the architectural firm Pei Cobb Freed & Partners, which worked on the project with Mr. Czajka.

    It also invites attention to the 111-year-old academy, whose membership roll amounts to a Who’s Who of American writers, architects, painters, sculptors and composers.

    For instance, Chair No. 8 in its richly paneled Members’ Room was broken in by Henry James. The chair next to his was first occupied by Charles Follen McKim of McKim, Mead & White (architects of the academy’s headquarters building) and was passed in time to Frank Lloyd Wright, then from Wright to Eero Saarinen.

    Many New Yorkers are only dimly aware of the academy, partly because of its location and also because it does no fund-raising, depending instead on a $43 million endowment to finance the prizes and awards it bestows, the artwork it buys and donates, and the occasional Glass Link.

    Limited to 250 members, the academy’s stated purpose is “to foster, assist and sustain an interest in literature, music and the fine arts by singling out and encouraging individual artists.” Its headquarters abound in members’ work. One gallery is filled with nothing but the paintings of Childe Hassam. This room opens onto to the library, where a sculptural study by Augustus Saint-Gaudens sits inconspicuously — and moodily — on a book shelf.

    The library exemplifies the crowded nature of life at the academy. When designed in 1923, it was intended to hold the entire literary output of the members. It now holds only those of authors with last names A through C. (The D-to-Z crowd is downstairs in an area called the Stacks.)

    The departure of the American Numismatic Society to Lower Manhattan — following earlier exits by the American Geographical Society and the Museum of the American Indian — was a blow to Audubon Terrace. But it also presented an opportunity to the academy, since their buildings were almost contiguous, except for a 12-foot gap.

    “It was now or never, if we ever wanted to expand,” said Virginia Dajani, the executive director, explaining the decision to buy the numismatic building in 2005, for $5 million. “We took a deep breath and took it out of the endowment.”

    The newly completed expansion takes in only part of the numismatic building, which still contains hundreds of custom-built coin storage drawers. Given that the endowment lost 22.5 percent of its value in the last half of 2008 and about 12.5 percent so far this year, there are no immediate plans for further rehabilitation.

    But neither does the academy plan to quit Audubon Terrace, Ms. Dajani said. “Not on my watch.”

    Especially with a new architectural treasure to show off.

    City Room turned to the dean of American architectural critics, Ada Louise Huxtable, for her opinion — by her own admission a biased one, since she is on the academy board and has followed the design process closely, though she hasn’t yet seen the completely finished product.

    She said, by e-mail, that she was impressed with “the expert and sensitive way two classical Beaux-Arts buildings are connected with the latest advances in contemporary glass technology for a design that links not just buildings, but also past and present and speaks to architectural change and continuity.”

    She added, “Its minimalist simplicity is culturally responsive in a way that indicates the American Academy of Arts and Letters’s understanding of its aesthetic patrimony — it’s a small but significant gesture carried out at a high artistic level.”

    from Wikipedia

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