Hamilton Heights Historic District

Harlem & Upper Manhattan

Two parallel streets in Hamilton Heights – Convent Ave and Hamilton Tce – contain a landmark stretch of historic limestone and brownstone town houses from the period between 1866 and 1931. Wes Anderson fans may recognize the turreted building on the southeastern corner of Convent Ave and 144th St from the film The Royal Tenenbaums.

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1. Hamilton Grange


This Federal-style retreat belonged to Founding Father Alexander Hamilton, who owned a 32-acre country estate here in the early 1800s. Unfortunately,…

2. Convent Avenue Baptist Church

0.12 MILES

A lovely Gothic-style church offering traditional Baptist services since the 1940s. Morning congregations are fairly dressy.

3. Strivers’ Row

0.37 MILES

Also known as the St Nicholas Historic District, these streets were the darling of Harlem’s elite in the 1920s. The graceful row houses and apartments,…

4. Abyssinian Baptist Church


A raucous, soulful affair, the superb Sunday gospel services here are the city’s most famous. You’ll need to arrive at least an hour before the service to…

7. 555 Edgecombe Ave

0.87 MILES

When completed in 1916, this brick beaux-arts giant was Washington Heights’ first luxury apartment complex, with a concierge, a separate workers' entrance…

8. National Jazz Museum


This small, Smithsonian-affiliated museum is a passionate love letter to the golden era of jazz in Harlem. From the 1930s to 1960s, the neighborhood was a…