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
181st Cabrini (Restaurant & Bar)
854 West 181st Street
Monkey Room (Bar & Beergarden, Karaoke, Spanish Rock)
589 Fort Washington Ave
Ta Cocina Mexican Grill
591 Fort Washington
Bleu Evolution (Italian trattoria style Restaurant & Bar)
808 West 187th Street
107 West Restaurant (Restaurant & Lounge)
811 W 187th St
Kismat Indian Restaurant
603 Fort Washington Avenue
Locksmith Wine & Burger Bar
APT 78 (Cafe & Lounge)
Altus Cafe (Restaurant & Lounge)
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.