It’s been three weeks since I moved from one height (Washington Heights) to another (Hamilton Heights), and we’ve been so busy unpacking, painting, decorating, and trying to interpret texts from our super that there’s been absolutely no time to go exploring. I absolutely loved the area I left behind, and while I was dubious about our new neighborhood, it’s certainly grown on me. There are better places to run (sorry, GWB), better views, and we’re closer to the water. Sure, there are less stores, and we’re off a local train instead of the express (RIP A train), but as it turns out, I could care less. The more I look around, the more hidden gems I find.
This morning I was perusing one of my favorite sites, Scouting NY, and felt inspired to go out exploring. So I grabbed my coffee and camera and played tourist for a few hours.
Looking south at 136 and Amsterdam
Looking out over Harlem
My new favorite place to sit and read
Hamilton Grange National Memorial
Fire escapes on Hamilton Terrace
My favorite entrance on Hamilton Terrace
We gots lotsa churches up in here
Broadway looking toward New Jersey
Riverbank State Park
Sometimes it’s fun to play tourist in your own city. It’s surprising what kind of things you’ll find. Harlem and its neighborhoods get a bad rap (I blame TV for that), but I’m kind of loving it. The housing is slightly more affordable, the apartments are bigger, and I get to “escape” the city, so to speak, at the end of the day. At this rate, I might never leave.