Washington Heights is so far uptown that it feels a little removed from the action, which translates into affordable rents and large apartments in predominately prewar buildings. Popular with young professionals and students, the neighborhood is vibrant, thriving, and decidedly down-to-earth. Expansive parks make it a popular place for dog owners. At its core, the neighborhood has always been diverse; throw into the mix plenty of Columbia Med School students in scrubs and off-duty cops, and that will round out the scene at many a happy hour in the Heights.
Washington Heights is a strong and tight-knit community. Residents put down roots here and enjoy the vibrant street life with their neighbors at cafes, and on stoops.
Heart of the Neighborhood
Coogan's is a pub deeply tied to the neighborhood. Regulars include hospital workers from Columbia University Medical Center, runners from the Armory Track, and local old-timers.
Washington Heights is one of the hilliest areas in the city. Many of its streets feature stairways — "step stairs" — to help pedestrians scale the steep inclines.
You can't outdo Washington Heights' spectacular views of the George Washington Bridge.
Washington Heights is far from the center of Manhattan: Convincing friends to visit may be a challenge.