Manhattan above 96th Street. Neighborhoods include Harlem, Inwood, Washington Heights, Hamilton Heights and Morningside Heights.
Back in the 1700’s, Manhattan’s northernmost region was a densely-forested retreat reserved for patrician New Yorkers. But when Columbia University opened its Morningside Heights campus in 1895, Upper Manhattan began its inevitable journey toward urbanization. Today, there are few areas of the city where the term “melting pot” applies as aptly as it does here. Generations of Hispanic, Eastern European, African-American, Greek and Italian families with deep neighborhood roots have recently been complemented by new residents, drawn here for the quiet streets, gently sloping parks, abundant ethnic eateries and ample living space available at relatively affordable prices.
Upper Manhattan’s diverse neighborhoods offer a spectrum of residences and building styles that range from landmark-status mansions to student walk-ups to once-grand row houses in need of TLC. The many choices include multi-apartment buildings for sale in Central Harlem, gloriously restored, single-family townhouses in Hamilton Heights and affordable co-ops and condos–some with doormen–in Inwood and Washington Heights. Recent construction includes rental towers along Morningside Drive that take advantage of spectacular sunrises and river views.
Four hundred years ago in Inwood Park, Manhattan was purchased from the Native Americans who had made their homes here for eons. Inwood Park still holds traces of their culture in the caves, artesian springs and indigenous tulip trees that were used to craft their canoes.