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Excellent values on NY apartments can still be yours for the taking in the Hamilton Heights neighborhood. This is a beautiful and rapidly changing community nestled within the broader, western region of Harlem. Similar to other New York City neighborhoods, the boundaries of Hamilton Heights are slightly different depending on who you ask. However, most people agree that the community lies between 135th & 155th Streets, and from the Hudson River to Edgecombe Avenue. This neighborhood is named for Alexander Hamilton, who lived here near the end of his life, back when the area was pretty much entirely farmland (the home is called Hamilton Grange, a historic landmark). This unique neighborhood is home to hundreds of beautiful—and wonderfully spacious—old mid-rise buildings, brownstones and town houses. However, most Hamilton Heights apartments are within buildings that were constructed around the turn of the 20th Century, when the subway was extended up into the community. Although the area has seen periods of decline in the post-war era, there has definitely been a revitalization as of late, caused by an influx of families, as well as young, creative professionals and educators, moving uptown in search of more living space. To meet the recent demand for quality housing, several contemporary condos have sprung up along Broadway. Broadway is definitely the commercial focal point of Hamilton Heights, and also generally defines the value of property: the closer you are to the great avenue—and, thus, the subway--the more expensive your rent. Bargain hunters should especially look east of Broadway, while the Hamilton Heights apartments west of Broadway tend to have a higher rent. This western section often has apartments with spectacular river views, as well as the close proximity to Riverbank State Park ,as well the running and biking paths of Riverside Park. Broadway and its immediate vicinity is also home to most of the best local restaurants and shopping. Although there's not much here that would qualify as "destination" spots, you can get good, inexpensive meals at any number of places. There are a number of significant cultural and educational institutions here as well, including City College, Dance Theater of Harlem, and The Harlem School of the Arts.

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  • Ps 192 Jacob H. Schiff School


  • Alexander Hamilton Playground
  • Frank White Neighborhood Service Center
  • Jacob H. Schiff Playground
  • Johnny Hartman Square
  • Montefiore Square
  • Riverside Park

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