Washington Heights in Manhattan NY


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Washington Heights is bounded to the south by 155th Street and to the north by Fairview Avenue and runs from the Harlem River on the east to the Hudson River on the west. Inwood is the northern tip of the island, everything lying north of Fairview Avenue. The two neighborhoods are often lumped together as one because administratively they make up Manhattan Community District 12.

Washington Heights population

According to the 2000 Census, Washington Heights had a population of 208,414 people, which represented an increase of 5.2% since the 1990 Census and 15.8% since the 1980 Census, so the community has been growing. The racial/ethnic breakdown is as follows: 74.1% Hispanic, 13.6% white (non-Hispanic), 8.4% black (non-Hispanic), and 2.1% Asian/Pacific Islander. The median household income was $28,865 in 1999 and $52,578 in 2002, which reflects the fact that Washington Heights is quickly becoming gentrified as increasing numbers of professionals with higher incomes seek affordable housing in our neighborhood. 29.8% of community residents were living below the poverty level in 1999, but this proportion has probably decreased as higher-income residents move in and poorer residents are pushed out by gentrification. Of the 73,230 housing units in Community District 12 in 2000, 94.5% were rental units and only 5.5% were owner-occupied.

Washington Heights is the area from West 181st Street near the George Washington Bridge to West 155th Street and the enormous, Gothic Revival, Church of the Intercession. It is bordered by Fort Washington Park and the Hudson River to the West where Audubon Terrace, located on 156th Street, is home to the Hispanic Society of America, the American Numismatic Society, and the American Academy of Arts and Letters. High Bridge Park and Harlem River mark its eastern border. Here, you will find The Morris-Jumel Mansion, headquarters for George Washington during the Revolutionary War, which is the last colonial residence in Manhattan and Sylvan Terrace, a cobblestone lined street with historic wooden row houses. Washington Heights was home to such greats as Duke Ellington, Thurgood Marshall, W.E.B. DuBois, and Roy Wilkins . Express trains will get you to mid-town in 15 minutes. Apartments are predominantly pre-war and spacious.


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