Manhattan above 96th Street. Neighborhoods include Harlem, Inwood, Washington Heights, Hamilton Heights and Morningside Heights.
Back in the 1700's Manhattan's northernmost region was a densely-forested retreat reserve for patrician New Yorkers. But when Columbia University opened its Morningside Heights campus in 1895, Upper Manhattan began its inevitable journey toward urbanization. Today, there are few areas of the city where the term "melting pot" applies as aptly as it does here. Generations of Hispanic, Eastern European, African-American, Greek and Italian families with deep neighborhood roots have recently been complemented by new residents, drawn here for the quiet streets, gently sloping parks, abundant ethnic eateries and ample living space availability at relatively affordable prices.