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Move into a NY apartment in the uptown neighborhood of Manhattanville, and be prepared to interact with the students, faculty and administrators of Columbia University, which owns much of the real estate in this neighborhood--one Renzo Piano-designed plan has the institution turning 17 acres of the community into an extension of their campus--and for at least a mile going south as well. The City College of New York is another institution that has held a long-standing presence within Manhattanville. Manhattanville is sometimes considered to be situated within the larger neighborhood of Harlem, but the community does have relatively distinct boundaries: to the south by 122nd Street (and the neighborhood of Morningside Heights), to the west by the Hudson River, to the north by 136th Street (And Hamilton Heights) , and the east by St. Nicholas and Manhattan Avenues (and Harlem proper). Student and public housing dominate the available Manhattanville apartments, but there are some regal prewar buildings here, as well as contemporary condos for sale in converted warehouses in the post-industrial section of the neighborhood towards the west. Broadway is the commercial heart of the community, with locally-owned eateries (often with a Dominican flavor), discount stores, bodegas and various service storefronts giving the neighborhood a necessary sense of place. But the biggest commercial draws of the neighborhood are located in the less residential section near the Hudson River, including a massive Fairway (one of the best supermarkets in all of New York City), and the enormously popular restaurant Dinosaur BBQ. The Hudson River Cafe is also a lovely spot, with great views of the river and the George Washington Bridge, and a restaurant row of sorts has sprung up in recent years on 135th Street. Residents of apartments in this area can relax at West Harlem Piers Park opened in 2008, which also connects Manhattanville runners and cyclists with the Manhattan Waterfront Greenway which, in one form or another, runs all the way down to Battery Park. Manhattanville commuters can hop on the 1 train, as well as the A and D express trains, to arrive in Midtown within 15 minutes.

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  • Adam C. Powell, Jr. Acad
  • Is 195 Roberto Clemente School
  • Ps 129 John H. Finley School
  • Ps 161 Pedro Albizu Campos Sch


  • Annunciation Park
  • Cep Community Garden
  • Sheltering Arms Playground
  • St. Nicholas Miracle Garden
  • St. Nicholas Park
  • West Harlem Piers
  • William B. Washington Memorial Garden

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