All Upper Manhattan
The northern region of Manhattan, All Upper Manhattan has a distinct personality and reputation from the rest of the borough. All Upper Manhattan includes the neighborhoods Marble Hill, Inwood, Washington Heights and Harlem, and is excluded from what is typically considered “The City.” To the west, the arts and academia are more prominent, with such destinations as The Cloisters, while large ethnic communities can be found in the east. All Upper Manhattan real estate is defined by lower prices and public housing works. Charter schools and underperforming public schools dominate the pre-college education system and crime rates are higher than the New York City average. However, efforts to improve All Upper Manhattan’s retail sectors and crime rates have led to gentrification of the area. Young urban professionals are attracted to All Upper Manhattan’s lower prices, and luxury apartment buildings are in development. Extensions of local universities into Upper Manhattan neighborhoods are attracting students and money. Gentrification across the area is inconsistent, though, with some areas seeing little change. Someday All Upper Manhattan may be like its southern neighbors but that day isn’t coming soon.