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Updated on March 29, 2019
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Morris Jumel House
Morris Jumel House | Source

Washington Heights - An Unusual and Interesting Place to Visit in New York City

Many great surprises await you if you tour Washington Heights. It offers an 18th century mansion and 19th century row houses as well as The Cloisters an art museum assembled from pieces of Medieval buildings from Europe.

Washington Heights, New York is a neighborhood at the northern end of Manhattan (a borough of New York City). Often when people speak of New York City, what is really being referred to is the center most borough of Manhattan.

The area is named for Fort Washington which was built in this area during the Revolutionary War.

The George Washington Bridge crosses the Hudson River from Washington Heights, New York to Fort Lee, New Jersey.

Washington Heights, New York, NY

Washington Heights area of New York City
Washington Heights area of New York City | Source

The map shows Washington Heights (outlined in red) bordered by the Hudson River and New Jersey to the East and the Harlem River and the Bronx to the West.

To the North, Washington Heights is bordered by the Inwood neighborhood. The division is Dyckman Street.

Washington Heights reaches south to 155th Street to the neighborhoods of Harlem and Morningside Heights (not shown on the map)

Postcard of George Washington Bridge - A postcard from the 1940s shows the George Washington Bridge when it had only a single layer

George Washington Bridge - 1940s
George Washington Bridge - 1940s

This card was published by Acacia Card Co.

The George Washington Bridge is shown as a solid blue line on the above map.

A view of Riverside Drive in Washington Heights.

The back of the postcard reads: "The George Washington Bridge is one of the main highways into New York City from New Jersey. It was constructed at a cost of $60,000,000 and is 3,5000 ft. long. Beautiful Riverside Drive may be seen in the foreground

Morris-Jumel Mansion - Built In 1765 -Used As Washington's Headquarters During the Revolutionary War

Morris-Jumel Mansion
Morris-Jumel Mansion | Source

One minute you are in the hustle and bustle of New York City traffic and skyscrapers, and then you go down Jumel Terrace and you are back in the 18th century.

The Morris-Jumel Mansion is open for touring and may be rented for special occasions.

It is on the U.S. National Register of Historic Places and is a U.S. National Historic Landmark

What's This? Looks Like a Scene From Boardwalk Empire

What's This?   Looks Like a Scene From Boardwalk Empire
What's This? Looks Like a Scene From Boardwalk Empire | Source

Across The Street From The Morris-Jumel Mansion Are Row Houses- Sylvan Terrace An Anomaly - Sylvan Terrace

Across the street from the Morris Jumel street is this row of townhouses built in 1882.

They have all been recently restored and are all inhabited. One of them is the Sylvan Guest House which you can rent.

If they look familiar, it's because this street was recently used to film a scene for the first season of the television series, "Boardwalk Empire".

The Cloisters - Museum and Gardens - The Metropolitan Museum of Art

The Cloisters
The Cloisters | Source

The Cloisters is located in the Fort Tryon Park area of Washington Heights. It is a branch of the Metropolitan Museum of Art and is dedicated to the Medieval Art of Europe.

The building that houses the collection (shown in the photo) was assembled from parts of buildings and architectural element from the Medieval period.

This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and is not meant to substitute for formal and individualized advice from a qualified professional.

© 2012 Ellen Gregory


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