The rapidly-changing neighborhood of Hamilton Heights is a popular New York spot for singles, couples and students looking to rent and live above Central Park. West Hamilton has seen its population become more diverse in recent years due to its close proximity to Columbia University and City College, the area offering extremely affordable, spacious apartments along with relaxing parks and a thriving nightlife.
There are relatively few high-rise buildings in this community, and many row houses and brownstones still maintain their original detailing, such as pocket doors and carved moldings.
Public transit access includes the 2/3 train lines (Lenox Avenue), the 4/5/6 train lines (Lexington Avenue) and the A/B/C/D lines (St. Nicholas Avenue).
The 1 line is also nearby at Broadway and 145th Street.
Bars, clubs and cafés such as the Village Pourhouse (145th Street) and the Butterfly (123rd Street), restaurants like Happy Thai (155th Street), 786 Supermarket (144th Street) and De Mole (111th Street), sweet spots like Flattopps Ice Cream Co. (E. 125th St.) and Bibble & Sip Bake Shop (W. 131st St.) make this area a very trendy place to live in New York City.
Houses of worship include the Hamilton Heights Presbyterian Church on W 143rd St., which was founded in 1928, the First Corinthian Baptist Church on Adam Clayton Powell Jr Blvd., and the West Side International Christian Ministry on W. 110th St., along with numerous houses of worship for Catholics, Jews and Muslims.
The border between Hamilton Heights and Harlem is based on historical divisions such as Convent Avenue and St. Nicholas Avenue; boundaries which are still reflected today in the fact that institutions such as Columbia University (in Morningside Heights) and City College of New York (in Hamilton Heights) still retain separate campuses. The main shopping street in the neighborhood is Amsterdam Ave., home to stores like Starbucks (147th Street), Staples (156th Street) and Citarella (155th Street).
Public schools include:
PS 3 The Anderson School, I.S.#35, located at 506 West 141st St.
PS 84 The School of the Future, I.S.#35, located at 123 West 43rd St.
P.S./I.S.8 The Wadleigh School, I.S.#87, located at 410 Amsterdam Ave., entrance on 158th St.
The Highbridge Community Life Center is an alternative public high school for grades 10 to 12 which provides education through community service and offers vocational training in various fields including health care and technology as well as college preparation courses for post-high school students interested in continuing their education outside of New York City.
Hamilton Heights Christian Academy is a private school at 312 Convent Avenue, offering early childhood–12th grade classes with extended hours (AM/PM), after school programs and summer camp for children of all faiths.
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