Upper Manhattan: Inwood/ Washington Heights

Perched on the Northern edge of Manhattan Island, Inwood/Washington Heights is a portrait of contrasts – of the historic and modern, the natural and industrial. The genteel beauty of the Cloisters and Inwood Park, located on the Western edge of the neighborhood, makes the city seem far, far away while archeologically significant caves speak of a time before European settlers. The first dominant social group in the modern history of the area was German Jewish, though today Dominican culture is the strongest element. With a large concentration of industrial buildings, a wave of artists seeking larger workspaces have created a notable creative community. Young families and professionals have also started moving into the area in recent years, attracted by the easy connectivity to the George Washington Bridge, northern suburbs, fast-moving subways lines, and the slightly larger proportions of traditional residential buildings.