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Old 11-06-2013, 07:08 PM
 
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I was just curious because I keep hearing mixed things about both neighborhoods. I know they're getting popular with people looking to live in Manhattan without superhigh rent. I'm not too familiar with either neighborhood but the few times I've been they seem like decent neighborhoods.
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Old 11-06-2013, 07:26 PM
 
Location: In the heights
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I was just curious because I keep hearing mixed things about both neighborhoods. I know they're getting popular with people looking to live in Manhattan without superhigh rent. I'm not too familiar with either neighborhood but the few times I've been they seem like decent neighborhoods.
The usual advice is stay west of Broadway. By this point, probably staying within two blocks of Broadway if you go east of it is probably decent, too. Most importantly, if you find a place you like, check the area at different times of day and different days of the week to see what it's like.

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Old 11-07-2013, 07:41 AM
 
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Unless you're dominican, like drug wars, loud bachata and loitering in front of you're building stay out of Washington heights
That became less and less true starting about a decade ago, and it's completely untrue once you go west of Fort Washington Avenue. Generally idea is that it's pretty good west of Broadway, but given the pace of gentrification there, even slightly east of Broadway is alright in parts.

The one thing that's weird is how little Yeshiva University being there does in bringing amenities into the neighborhood.
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Old 11-07-2013, 10:30 AM
 
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West of Broadway generally is the best place to live in Hamilton and Washington Heights. One exception to that, however, is some of the blocks west of Broadway in the 160s, which seem to me to have a noticably low QOL. But it cleans up quite a bit once you get to the hospital at 165th street.
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Old 11-07-2013, 11:29 AM
 
Location: Bergen County, NJ
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It's a block to block kind of a thing.
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Old 11-07-2013, 11:30 AM
 
Location: Bergen County, NJ
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That became less and less true starting about a decade ago, and it's completely untrue once you go west of Fort Washington Avenue. Generally idea is that it's pretty good west of Broadway, but given the pace of gentrification there, even slightly east of Broadway is alright in parts.

The one thing that's weird is how little Yeshiva University being there does in bringing amenities into the neighborhood.
Area would probably need to be rezoned somewhat for that to happen.

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Old 11-07-2013, 12:58 PM
 
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It's a block to block kind of a thing.
Yes, you have to go walk around to get a sense really. Can't draw exact boundaries.
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Old 11-07-2013, 01:48 PM
 
Location: Wilmette, IL
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East of Broadway is generally safer in Washington Heights and Inwood and both of which are starting to gentrify as many have noticed over the years

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Yes, you have to go walk around to get a sense really. Can't draw exact boundaries.
Generally agree but there seems to be sharp boundaries in Hudson Heights, which is an enclave neighborhood west of Broadway from the Cloisters down to around 175th Street. Walking along 181st the area changes once you venture east of Broadway (Washington Heights) On the other side of Broadway there's higher rents and much more recently arrived affluent transplants than the nearby blocks east. It's also noticeable when taking the A train at 181st and 190th Street. Of course Hudson Heights is reportedly one of the most part of Upper Manhattan historically so it's a chicken or the egg question.

Same seems to be true with Inwood east of Broadway too where a Starbucks is about to open at 200th St and Broadway
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Old 11-07-2013, 05:46 PM
 
Location: Bergen County, NJ
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Washington Heights and Inwood have always been mixed income areas. It wouldn't be quite fair to say they are gentrifying. I guess you could say the parts that were traditionally lower income are starting to gentrify a bit.
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Old 11-15-2013, 12:46 PM
 
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It's a block by block thing, but you do have to be comfortable with living with people from the whole range of the socio-economic wheel. There are a lot of hard working poor Latino families. There are musicians, artists, actors, and professors. Drug dealers, drug users, drunks, and crazies. It's a colorful class of characters and you have to be comfortable living with them in the community. No ones going to bother you, many are polite and accommodating, but they live here- as they do in most of the city. If you like to shield yourself from humanity and it's suffering (and occasional joy)- washington heights is not for you.
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