Washington Heights is at its Height A Neighborhood on the Rise

For the last decade or so, Washington Heights has remained a well-kept secret. A narrow stretch of Upper Manhattan crowned by the picturesque Hudson Heights neighborhood, it is home to many transplanted down-towners, among others. The area, which runs from 155th Street to Fort Tryon Park, has been undergoing a renaissance of sorts, and its reputation is on the upswing.

"The cat’s out of the bag," says Gus Perry, owner of Stein-Perry Real Estate, who deals mainly with Washington Heights properties. "We’ve been discovered. People come to the neighborhood and realize it’s a diamond in the rough."

Hudson Heights in particular is considered a gem. Occupying the northwestern-most quadrant of Washington Heights, it is Manhattan’s highest point, offering splendid river views, tree-lined streets, and gracious avenues.

Lured by more affordable housing prices, many actors and musicians have recently moved into Washington Heights, as well as young tech-industry professionals. Families looking for more space than can be found in Manhattan’s cramped downtown grid are turning to the area as well. "It’s a bargain for people who want to look into Manhattan proper," Perry says. Caroline Brown, a broker with William B. May agrees. "You can buy something just as big as you could further downtown, with better views and more light."

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  • This neighborhood is in a state of seeaggrted integration. As far as I can tell, there is plenty of community within the population of people who grew up here. There is almost zero community among the people who have moved here in the last ten or fifteen years, neither between themselves nor anyone else. It's becoming like a condensed version of the suburbs except for the inconvenient existence of an uncomfortable diversity. This diversity makes some newcomers feel all the more hip to be living in a real Brooklyn neighborhood, but where were they (or me) when 285 Lincoln Place was still a crack house. The neighborhood is turning into another Manhattan-like collection of anonymous buildings housing anonymous mid-westerners, all happy about their rent and subway ride, but oblivious to who lives next door and scared to walk down their street alone. Wherever I live, be it Crown Heights, Harlem, Hawaii or Beverly Hills, I want to be a part of a community. I want to know who lives next door and how we might be able to help each other out from time to time. The landlords have us all by the balls as long as we are divided and suspicious of one another. The perfect tenant (profit-wise) is the one who is most lacking in a connection to their community. Many of these management companies rarely even visit this neighborhood. They just collect their checks by mail and raise the rent every year. Stop complaining about the kids on the corner and get to know one of them. Be brave or be alone.
  • Kid on the corner of 181st on Saturday, March 1, 2014 10:47 PM
    I was the kid on the corner in the 1980s and despite" the bad rap" I am still alive and kicking! I was born in jewish memorial hospital and lived until I was 5 On 191st and st,Nicholas ave.We then moved permantly to 181st and Fort Wash.I went to P.S. 187 and the cloisters was my play ground..My family has been here over 40 years.Its true" The Washington Heights" will always be under fire by those who have not reached out and explored this beautiful and historic neighborhood to its fullest extent,but this community is a tough tight-knitted, melting pot of people from all over the world who know how to do one thing well,amonst many others,and that's survive!!! The neighborhood is made up of friendly,cordial doorholding,hardworking,changgiving ,family oriented people bustling in and out of their local grocery store knowing they are supporting their community. All struggling day to day to make ends meet but knowing that they can always meet up at Starbucks for coffee on the corner of 181st and fort wash! Everyone helping eachother,you just need to look a little closer.Plus, the food is great!