Hamilton Heights is bordered by 155th St to the north, 135th to the south, the Hudson River to the west, and Amsterdam Ave to the east. The community derives its name from Founding Father Alexander Hamilton, who lived the last two years of his life in the area when it was still largely farmland.
Riverbank State Park (W 145th Street and Riverside Drive) is the only park of its kind in the Western Hemisphere. Inspired by urban rooftop designs in Japan, this 28-acre multi-level landscaped recreational facility is a state-of-the-art park facility. Rising 69 feet above the Hudson River, Riverbank offers a wide variety of recreational, athletic and arts experiences for all ages, interests and abilities. Housed in five major buildings are an Olympic-size pool, a covered skating rink for roller skating in the summer and ice-skating in the winter, an 800-seat cultural theater, a 2,500-seat athletic complex with fitness room, and a 150-seat restaurant. Outdoor sports amenities include a 25-yard lap pool, a wading pool, four tennis courts, four basketball courts, a softball field, four hand/paddleball courts, and a 400-meter eight-lane running track with a football/soccer field. Riverbank also boasts spectacular promenade views of the Hudson River, the Palisades and the George Washington Bridge. At water level, there is a 400-seat amphitheater and docking facilities for excursion and fishing boats. Two playgrounds, a water splashing area and a number of picnic areas round out Riverbank's many offerings.
The Hispanic Society of America Museum (613 West 155th Street) offers visitors magnificent paintings by El Greco, Velasquez, and Jose de Ribera. Ceramics and craftworks adorn this institution specializing in Hispanic art, history and literature. In particular, the Society offers a comprehensive survey of Spanish painting and drawing from the Middle Ages to the present, with particular strengths in that of the Spanish Golden Age (1550-1700), the nineteenth century, and the early twentieth century.
Visit the historic Trinity Church Cemetery in 3 adjacent locations between 152nd and 155th streets, between Riverside Drive and Amsterdam Avenue. The burial grounds have been the final resting place for many historic figures since the Churchyard cemetery opened in 1697. A non-denominational resting place, it is listed in the United States National Register of Historic Places and is the only remaining active cemetery in Manhattan. There are two bronze plaques at the Church of the Intercession cemetery commemorating the Battle of Fort Washington, which included some of the fiercest fighting of the Revolutionary War.
People's Choice (145th/8th) is the authentic local stop for all your Caribbean cravings including beef patties and oxtail soup. Don’t forget to stop at the ATM – this slice of the Caribbean in Harlem is cash only.
In the mood for a Chinese feast like no other? Check out The Handpulled Noodle (Broadway/148th) where every noodle is made to order and perfection!
For an eclectic collection of craft brews, head over to The Hogshead on 143rd and Hamilton Place. For a menu filled with must-order items, head a little north to Harlem Public on Broadway and 148th. Looking for an even more game friendly atmosphere with a life-size Jenga set, then check out At The Wallace– just next door!
For an uber-fresh pour over try The Chipped Cup (148th/Broadway) for their featured house brew. There’s also Astor Row Cafe (130th/Lenox), which serves local Irving Farms coffee. For pasteries with a Southern flare, try Sweet Chef Southern Style Bakery (143rd/Hamilton Pl). For a delectable dessert, try a homemade cupcake from Make My Cake on 139th/7th. Tanto Dulce Café (3446 Broadway between 140th and 141st Streets) is known for its cozy coffeehouse atmosphere. The café serves mainly coffee, tea and baked goods but also has a full menu. If American fare is more your thing, try cozy bistro Trufa (Broadway at 140th Street). The eatery is particularly noted for its spicy fries, brunch menu, and friendly service.
Trains: The 1 Train runs along Broadway and stops at 137th and Broadway, and also 145th and Broadway.
Buses: The M100 and M101 buses run along Amsterdam Ave, and the M4 and M5 buses run up and down Broadway. The Bx19 bus runs crosstown at 145th St into the Bronx.