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By Linnea Covington

Photo: Virginia Rollison


Once the site of a Revolutionary War base (which later became Fort Washington Park), Washington Heights is home to Bennett Park (183 St and Fort Washington Ave, nyc.gov/parks), the highest point in Manhattan (it’s more than 260 feet above sea level). On your way there, grab an egg sandwich ($2.95) and a cup of coffee ($1.45) from Hudson View Restaurant (770 W 181st St between Fort Washington Ave and Colonel Robert Magraw Pl, 212-781-0303), and savor your breakfast on one of the park’s benches.


One of Manhattan’s prettiest expanses is Fort Tryon Park, a nearly 67-acre green space that was built on land owned by John D. Rockefeller Jr. in 1917. The park is also home to The Cloisters (99 Margaret Corbin Dr; 212-923-3700, metmuseum.org), which was built in the 1930s using pieces of five Medieval buildings. The museum features a vast collection of ninth- to 15th-century art, including the famous Unicorn Tapestries: The artwork includes seven textiles that depict a group of hunters trying to capture the mythical creature. (You can thank Rockefeller for their placement in the museum—the tapestries were in his personal collection from 1922 to 1937 when he donated the work to the Cloisters.)


For lunch, follow Margaret Corbin Drive to New Leaf Restaurant and Bar (1 Margaret Corbin Dr; 212-568-5323, newleafrestaurant.com). The restaurant opened in 2001 as part of the New York Restoration Project’s efforts to revitalize and maintain Fort Tryon Park. If the weather is nice, snag a table on the tree-covered outdoor patio, and nosh on dishes like ricotta ravioli with fresh basil and garlic tomato sauce ($12) or onion soup topped with Gruyère cheese ($9).

Read more: Best things to do in Washington Heights – New York Neighborhoods – Time Out New York.


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Photo: Briana E. Heard

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BY Led Black (@Led_Black)

A Toast To Fort Tryon Park: Benefit Wine Tasting Soiree

Linden Terrace – Fort Tryon Park

Thursday, July 14, 2011

6:30 p.m.–9:30 p.m.

The annual A Toast to Fort Tryon Park wine tasting soiree is this Thursday. I went last year and had a truly awesome time. It is not everyday that one can imbibe from an impressive selection of wines, courtesy of Cabrini Wines, while at the same time contributing to an important local cause, helping to maintain the majestic Fort Tryon Park in tip top shape. All proceeds support Fort Tryon Park restoration, horticultural supplies, maintenance staff, free programs, special events, and improvements in the park. Restaurants from the Washington Heights Business Improvement District will supply the delectable fare for the festivities. In addition, local Jazz band, the Leonisa Ardizzone Trio, will provide the musical accompaniment for the evening. Great wine, great food and a great cause, what more could you ask for? See you there.

Click here for more info.

Photo Credit: Briana E. Heard

Also, check out: Park Portfolio – Fort Tryon Park

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By Paul Lomax

Photo Credit: Paul Lomax | DNAinfo

WASHINGTON HEIGHTS — Last night in Washington Heights Mayor Michael Bloomberg joined the Fort Tryon Park Trust in honoring Hollywood star Bette Midler for her work through the non-profit New York Restoration Project that has rejuvenated the parks of Northern Manhattan.

Midler was presented with a silver tree spade, designed by Miguel Lopez-Castillo and fabricated by the artist at The Green Foundry in Maine.

Michael Bloomberg presented the spade, accompanied by NYC Parks Commissioner Adrian Benepe, Fort Tryon Park Trust Board Chair Joseph Pierson, and Vice Chair Edith Kean.

“Miss Midler has done so much for this park and all the uptown parks, so it’s just fantastic that Mayor Bloomberg could be a part of Miss Midlers’ special occasion,” said Jennifer Hoppa, Northern Manhattan Parks Administrator for the Parks Department.

The evening began with cocktails at the New Leaf Cafe where Mayor Bloomberg took to the podium to praise Midler’s work in revitalizing uptown parks, encouraging investment in the local area and galvanizing resources to improve Fort Washington Park and Swindler Park in Sherman Creek to name just a few.

Read more: Bette Midler Honored for Work on Upper Manhattan’s Parks | DNAinfo

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BY Led Black (@Led_Black)

The grand and stately New Leaf Restaurant & Bar is featured in a scene in Matt Damon’s latest movie The Adjustment Bureau, which is in theaters today. To celebrate one of Uptown’s gems being on the big screen, for the month of March, patrons who bring their ticket stub from The Adjustment Bureau to the New Leaf will receive a free glass of wine with purchase of an entrée (one per person and one time usage). All net proceeds from the New Leaf support Bette Midler’s New York Restoration Project’s cleaning and greening of New York City. By raising their glasses and cleaning their plates, patrons are truly helping clean up the community and our city.

For more info: newleafrestaurant.com/

Also check out: nyrp.org/

See the UC profile of the New Leaf: http://uptowncollective.com/2010/10/29/uptown-gem-the-new-leaf-restaurant-bar/

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