Like Harlem, its Manhattan neighbor to the south, Washington Heights was one of Manhattan’s most glamorous neighborhoods before falling on hard times in the second half of the last century. And, also like Harlem, Washington Heights has mounted a remarkable comeback and emerged as an up-and-coming neighborhood on the Manhattan real estate scene. While Washington Heights is hardly a new neighborhood -- the area running from 155th Street to Dyckman Street, on a high ridge at the top of Upper Manhattan, has more than a century of history behind it. But, thanks to some new Washington Heights condominiums and the same Caribbean flair that has defined the neighborhood for generations, Washington Heights feels like a new place.
Washington Heights’ history is hard to miss, from the brownstones and pre-war low-rises that line its streets to the landmarked Jumel Terrace Historic District to Fort Tryon Park’s famous Cloisters. But the future of Washington Heights is palpable on the streets, as well -- avenues pulse with commerce, Caribbean food and music is everywhere, and the new construction condominiums that have sprung up around Washington Heights’ subway stops suggest that the neighborhood -- once home to Louis Armstrong, among other 20th century luminaries -- is on its way back to the high life.