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Encyclopedia > Hamilton Heights, Manhattan

Hamilton Heights is a neighborhood in Harlem in New York City. It is bounded by 135th St. to the south, the Hudson River to the west, 155th St. to the north, and St. Nicholas Ave. to the east. The community derives its name from Alexander Hamilton, who lived in the area when it was still largely farmland. It is part of West Harlem. View of Harlem from Morningside Heights overlooking Morningside Park Lenox Avenue looking south from the corner of 124th Street. ... Nickname: The Big Apple Official website: City of New York Government Counties (Boroughs) Bronx (The Bronx) New York (Manhattan) Queens (Queens) Kings (Brooklyn) Richmond (Staten Island) Mayor Michael Bloomberg (R) Geographical characteristics Area Total 468. ... View of the Hudson in the 1880s showing Jersey City The Hudson River, called Muh-he-kun-ne-tuk in Mahican, is a river running mainly through New York State but partly forming the boundary between the states of New York and New Jersey. ... Alexander Hamilton (January 11, 1755 or 1757 – July 12, 1804) was an American politician, statesman, writer, lawyer, and soldier. ...


Beautiful brownstones and stately row houses line the leafy eastern streets of Hamilton Heights, an area traditionally home to a large black professional class. Today African Americans, peoples from the caribbean, and latinos make up the majority of the population.Gentrification in recent years has slowly but steadily increased the proportion of white and Asian residents. It is the home of the Dance Theatre of Harlem, the Harlem School of the Arts and Aaron Davis Hall. This article is about the building material and the dwelling. ... Gentrification refers to the process whereby dilapidated neighborhoods are restored and refurbished, usually in conjunction with changing demographics and an influx of wealthier residents. ...

Borough of Manhattan in New York City
Neighborhoods Alphabet City | Ansonia | Battery Park City | Bowery | Chelsea | Chinatown | Diamond District | East Village | Financial District | Garment District | Gramercy | Greenwich Village | Hamilton Heights | Harlem | Hell's Kitchen | Hudson Heights | Inwood | Kips Bay | Koreatown | Little Italy | Lower East Side | Lower Manhattan | Manhattanville | Marble Hill | Midtown Manhattan | Meatpacking District | Morningside Heights | Murray Hill | NoHo | NoLIta | Roosevelt Island | SoHo | Spanish Harlem | Stuyvesant Town | Tenderloin | TriBeCa | Turtle Bay | Upper East Side | Upper West Side | Washington Heights | West Village | Yorkville

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Manhattan - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia (2185 words)
From the 1960s onwards Manhattan suffered from urban flight as the middle-class fled to the outer boroughs and suburbs due to an increase in crime.
Marble Hill was originally part of Manhattan Island; but the Harlem River Ship Canal, dug in the late 19th century to improve navigation on the Harlem River, separated it from the remainder of Manhattan, and eventually the part of the original Harlem River channel separating Marble Hill from the Bronx was filled in.
Manhattan is connected by bridges and tunnels to New Jersey to the west, and three New York City boroughs: the Bronx to the northeast and Brooklyn and Queens on Long Island to the east and south.
Washington Heights - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia (767 words)
Washington Heights is on the high ridge that rises steeply north of the narrow valley that carries 125th Street to the former ferry landing on the Hudson River.
Manhattan is connected to Fort Lee, New Jersey via the George Washington Bridge.
Among the Heights' now-vanished riverfront estates was the residence of Alexander Hamilton, "Hamilton Grange", which has been shifted to a cramped site on Convent Avenue: the southern end of Washington Heights is still sometimes called Hamilton Heights by native New Yorkers (WPA Guide).
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