In the Heights

Posted by on Jan 3, 2012 in NYC | 7 Comments
In the Heights

Where is Hudson Heights?

Even New Yorkers do not really know it, when you talk about this neighborhood. It is a neighborhood in Upper Manhattan, New York City in the United States. Hudson Heights is a sub-neighborhood of Washington Heights – bounded by the Hudson River to the West, Broadway to the East, 173rd Street to the South, and Fort Tryon Park to the North.

But some may know Washington Heights or even Hudson Heights, because from the musical In the Heights, which unfortunately had its final performance on January 9, 2011 after 29 previews and 1,185 regular performances on Broadway. Unfortunately I never had a chance to see it, but In the Heights tells the universal story of a vibrant community in Manhattan’s Washington Heights and it still is a very energetic location.

 

Le Chéile and other great venues in Hudson Heights

The newest business in hospitality is Le Chéile on 181st Street and Cabrini Boulevard (831 West 181st Street, www.lecheilenyc.com‎).

“Le Chéile.” \leh ‘kāy-lah\. It’s a Gaelic phrase that has no English language equivalent, but the feeling is universal. Literally it means “together.” We like that.

And I like that, too. It is a cozy place – in this nowadays very liveable Manhattan area. Here you get to know people from your neighborhood – in fact, food is very good and the owners and staff make it a great experience.

Here you also can meet Jeremy, the bar manager – a native from this area – who will tell you how different the neighborhood was 20 years ago. “It was a drive through for buying drugs and you saw cars burning and we, being kids, just played with the spare parts”. And I believe that, visiting this part of Manhattan for my first time in 1995, where it was still a very seedy place to be.

And also Dave – one of the owners of Le Chéile – is always up to new ideas. Not only they have an artspace, they also hosted 2011 Washington Heights Pinball Open. That was a great success and I would not wonder it would turn into a featured stop on the national pinball circuit. After the tournament they also opened all pinball machines to the audience and it was incredibly fun to play on these old flippers which were even from the 70ies and 80ies. After this event I am sure there will be more to come and we are back. Definitely!

 

Indeed the neighborhood is really vibrant and worth a visit. Not far from Cloisters between 181st Street and 190th Street you will also find these locations and you may want to combine it with a little trip to Fort Tryon Park and Cloisters:

Saggio Restaurant – Italian Restaurant
829 West 181st Street
www.yelp.com/biz/saggio-manhattan

181st Cabrini (Restaurant & Bar)
854 West 181st Street
www.181cabrini.com‎

Monkey Room (Bar & Beergarden, Karaoke, Spanish Rock)
589 Fort Washington Ave
www.monkeyroomnyc.com‎

Ta Cocina Mexican Grill
591 Fort Washington
www.refriedbeansny.com‎

Bleu Evolution (Italian trattoria style Restaurant & Bar)
808 West 187th Street
www.bleuevolutionnyc.com‎

107 West Restaurant (Restaurant & Lounge)
811 W 187th St
www.107west.com

Kismat Indian Restaurant
603 Fort Washington Avenue
www.yelp.com/biz/kismat-indian-cuisine-new-york

Locksmith Wine & Burger Bar
4463 Broadway
www.yelp.com/biz/locksmith-wine-and-burger-bar-new-york

APT 78 (Cafe & Lounge)
4447 Broadway
www.apt78.com

Altus Cafe (Restaurant & Lounge)
4325 Broadway
www.altuscafe.com‎

Now I wish you a lot of fun while exploring the Heights!

 

And did you know, where Manhattan’s highest point is?

Fifteen blocks from the northern end of Washington Heights, in its Hudson Heights neighborhood near Pinehurst Avenue and 183rd Street in Bennett Park, is a plaque marking Manhattan’s highest natural elevation, 265 ft (80.8 m) above sea level, at what was the location of Fort Washington, the Revolutionary War camp of General George Washington and his troops, from whom Washington Heights takes its name.

 

 

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  4. Wilbur Y. Wagner
    July 11, 2013

    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.

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    • hundertmorgen
      August 3, 2013

      Hi Wilbur, I appreciate the time you took to write your comment on my post. I like that you want to be part of a community. Although I only lived in the neighborhood for about 2.5 years, I always tried to get to know people within the neighborhood. I could make some great connections, I enjoyed chit-chatting with many shop owners and even found friends in the area. Overall I think it always depends on the people no matter where you are. Again, thank you so much for your insights!

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