Hamilton Heights and Hidden Gems

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.

IMG_1944

Looking south at 136 and Amsterdam

IMG_1946

City College

IMG_1947

Hidden walkways

IMG_1948

Looking out over Harlem

IMG_1951

City College

IMG_1952

City College

IMG_1953

My new favorite place to sit and read

IMG_1954

Convent Avenue

IMG_1955

Hamilton Grange National Memorial

IMG_1956

Fire escapes on Hamilton Terrace

IMG_1957

Hamilton Terrace

IMG_1958

My favorite entrance on Hamilton Terrace

IMG_1959

We gots lotsa churches up in here

IMG_1960

Dream house

IMG_1962

Old signage

IMG_1964

Abandoned school

IMG_1965

Broadway looking toward New Jersey

IMG_1966

Another favorite

IMG_1967

Riverbank State Park

IMG_1968

GWB

IMG_1970

Riverside Drive

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. Β At this rate, I might never leave.

Advertisements

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s