Hidden Gems of Washington Heights

Hidden Gems of Washington Heights

Uncover the hidden gems of northern Manhattan on this virtual tour of Washington Heights!

  • Find out who was the first non-Native American to settle on what would become New Amsterdam
  • See beautiful artistic renderings of endangered North American birds
  • Visit where the Croton Aqueduct system entered New York City
  • Learn about major civil rights leaders and cultural icons, such as Malcolm X and Paul Robeson

About this Webinar:

What do Lena Horne, John James Audubon, and the Polo Grounds have in common? They are all featured on this virtual tour! The once-rural area of northern Manhattan’s Washington Heights neighborhood, now a fully urbanized multicultural neighborhood, has been home to major cultural institutions, sports venues, historic landmarks, notable people, and public art. On this virtual walking tour, we will meander through part of Washington Heights, focusing on Eliza Jumel’s years here as the Morris-Jumel Mansion’s longest resident. Retired British Colonel Roger Morris built his family’s Manhattan country retreat in 1765 on a property of about 130 acres spanning from the Harlem River to the Hudson River. In 1810, the Morris House was bought by Stephen and Eliza Jumel with new property lines covering about 140 acres on the Harlem River side of the island.

About Your Guide:

Alan Cohen is an expert New York City tour guide who leads several tours for Untapped New York. He is a docent at the Museum of the City of New York and the Morris-Jumel Mansion, the oldest surviving residence in Manhattan.

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