8. The neighborhood features one of Manhattan’s only Russian stores, Moscow on the Hudson

Moscow on the Hudson

Hudson Heights contains one of the only Russian groceries in Manhattan. Located on West 181 Street, Moscow on the Hudson offers a selection of smoked and dried meats, Russian cheeses, herring and caviar, dried fruits, frozen pre-prepared dishes, including some Georgian items like khinkali, and lots of freshly made baked goods. The store also has a small selection of health and beauty products, including cosmetics, herbs, and essential oils.

Moscow on the Hudson may seem out of place, but Hudson Heights is still home to many Russian residents, both recent immigrants and multiple-generation Russian Americans. Many Russian Jews live in the area and have set up small organizations devoted to preserving Russian culture.