As you ascend the escalator from the A train and step off into the streets of Washington Heights, you’re thrown into the pounding heart of a dizzyingly diverse corridor of unbeatable Dominican restaurants, kosher bakeries, Chinese food, and fruit stands spilling onto the sidewalk.
But if you listen closely, underneath all this life are the fascinating echoes of New York City history. As you walk down the streets, you have the chance of walking over the grounds of one of the greatest defeats of the Revolutionary War, spotting the oldest remaining house in NYC, or exploring the burial grounds of some of the most famous New York citizens in history.
If you’re a Lin-Manuel Miranda fan, you also know it’s the playground of his first show In the Heights, as well as the setting for several significant historical events of Hamilton. So whether you’re a musical theatre nerd, a history nerd, or just a native or transplant looking to more deeply appreciate the area in which you live, prepare to explore the fascinating, scandalous, and endearing historical gems of Washington Heights.