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Hamilton Heights Brings Community Feel to Urban Metropolis

I lived in Hamilton Heights for six years. Hamilton Heights is an neighborhood of Manhattan that is neatly tucked against the Hudson River on its Westside. The small rectangular neighborhood is bordered on the north by 155th street, 135th street to the south, and Edgecombe Avenue to the East. Named after Alexander Hamilton, the Hamilton Heights of today is nothing like the Heights he once lived in, but it still manages to keep a different vibe and charm than the majority of Manhattan. Hamilton Heights really was a wonderful place to live, mostly because it broke the traditions of Manhattan in so many ways, but still existed on the island. Breaking the grid with small, side streets, you could get yourself lost walking the quaint, tree-lined, streets speckled with row houses and iconic brownstones. The area also lacks the robust, tall buildings of other Manhattan neighborhoods. The real estate market seems to exist in somewhat of a bubble, with many living in rent stabilized, 6-unit buildings. It offers a small town feel in the heart of the city. Condos, too, are available in the area, which is now starting to get some mass media attention, but most of those condos aren't new construction. They are simply re-purposed former buildings and homes. Shopping is also convenient in the Heights, and the neighborhood is bordered on two sides by exceptional green space. St. Nicholas Park, which has a tendency to get a bit wild and overgrown, is a secluded space, and Riverbank State Park is new, well-maintained and home to a community garden and a plethora of entertainment facilities. While Hamilton Heights shines as a great example of what a small neighborhood in a big city can be, there are still some drawbacks. The number 1 train, that services the area, has a reputation for problems, poor wait times and less than stellar service, and there are only three stops within the Hamilton Heights area. You can also expect a lengthy commute if you are working Downtown, or even in Midtown. Finally, if you are expecting great shopping, past groceries, restaurants and convenience stores, you'll need to head into a different neighborhood. High end shopping simply isn't a priority in Hamilton Heights. Overall, I consider having the chance to live in Hamilton Heights to be a wonderful experience and opportunity. The only reason I moved, was a job change that took me out of the City and into Queens. The commute was just too long, and hoping the bridge to call Queens home seemed like a good idea. A few years later, I still miss Hamilton Heights, and the nights spent with my neighbors turned friends.
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Source: The Hamilton Heights, New York, NY data and statistics displayed above are derived from the 2016 United States Census Bureau American Community Survey (ACS).