Washington Heights is a neighborhood in the uppermost part of the New York City borough of Manhattan, offering some of the most affordable rent in Upper Manhattan and allowing you to be part of a culturally-diverse community. Perfect for the young professional or student looking to live on a budget and experience the city, Washington Heights is accessible by train over one to two convenient stops, and is less dense than other neighborhoods of Manhattan – thus resulting in more “elbow room” and less tourism.
Washington Heights Apartments for rent - Further, this section of The Big Apple offers ample access to public transportation, with the A, C and 1 trains running throughout Upper Manhattan, yielding a 25-minute-or-less commute to Midtown; a range of bus lines also run through Upper Manhattan, offering access to Midtown, the Bronx and Queens.
As a result, residents can easily travel to the Financial District or Midtown for work; alternatively, they can hole up in their apartment or venture out into the local neighborhood and explore all that Washington Heights has to offer!
As one of the safest neighborhoods in Manhattan (it's home to children's TV show host Fred Rogers), Washington heights' crime rates are far lower than those found in other parts of NYC – but worry not, because police officers make routine patrols and keep an eye on things. Washington Heights is also known as “El Barrio”: a name given by locals meaning “The Neighborhood”. The Puerto Rican community was among the first-speaking groups to settle in the area, and with them came a culture all their own; this has since converted Washington Heights into a vibrant neighborhood where locals share a sense of pride for their cultural heritage.
A Great Neighborhood – Washington Heights is home to an immense Puerto Rican community that’s been present since it was first settled over 100 years ago. The NYC Public Library at 175th Street is named after Frankllin Delano Roosevelt, who grew up in the neighborhood and signed the order authorizing the eviction of thousands of Puerto Ricans from Vieques during World War II.
There are also major landmarks in the area, including the Soldiers' and Airmen's Home National Monument (where former President Ulysses S. Grant raised money for a soldiers' home when he was an Army general),
the University Heights Bridge (which spans over the Bronx Kill) and Highbridge Park (in which you can see two water towers that were declared New York City Landmarks).
Washington Heights offers all this within close proximity to Central Harlem, Hamilton Heights, Inwood, Morningside Heights and the Upper West Side – effectively making it one of Manhattan’s most sought-after neighborhoods!
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