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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Posted in EAT UP. DRINK UP., THAT'S WHAT'S UP, tagged Bars, Dining, Indian Road Cafe, Inwood, Led Black, Paul Lomax, Time Out New York, washington heights on March 28, 2011|
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BY Led Black (@Led_Black)
Photography by Paul Lomax (@PaulLomaxPhoto)
Congrats to the much beloved Indian Road Café (218th St & Indian Road) for making Time Out New York’s list of 50 Best Bars for Spring. I had the pleasure of dining there a few weeks back with Paul Lomax and our respective better halves and as always had an incredible meal. My steak was cooked to perfection and my beer of choice, Cain and Ebel, was absolutely amazing. Like I have said in the past, even though the Indian Road Café has only been around for 3 years this summer, it is a bona-fide Uptown institution. If you live Uptown and you haven’t made your way to Indian Road Café yet, you need to visit this fine establishment pronto. Salud!
Check out: http://newyork.timeout.com/restaurants-bars/bars/1053433/restaurants-bars/bars/1053433/50-best-spring-bars?page=0,1
For more info: http://www.indianroadcafe.com/
Check out our post on Indian Road Café: http://uptowncollective.com/2011/02/15/daily-grind-jason-minter-indian-road-cafe/
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Posted in EAT UP. DRINK UP., THAT'S WHAT'S UP, tagged 181st Street, Altus Cafe, Corcho Wine Room, Jason Devereaux, Junot Diaz, Kristen Drybread, La Sala 78, La Soga, Mamajuana, Manny Perez, Nostylgia, Time Out New York on September 23, 2010|
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BY Led Black
I have to give it up to Time Out NY, not for just highlighting the ‘hood but for doing it right. They talked to the right people, talked about the right places and painted an accurate picture of the Washington Heights of today. Pulitzer Prize winning author Junot Diaz waxed eloquent on the greatness of the community, cuisine and culture of this neighborhood. He goes on to say, “181st Street and Audubon is the heart of the Dominican community. That’s where you can see, feel, hear, taste and share the stupendous human energy of a people being changed by a culture, and changing that culture in turn. This is the energy that made America. To be immersed in it is to touch the United States’ raw, protean core.” Damn, that man is good.
Friends to the UC, Manny Perez (La Soga) and Jason Devereaux of Nostylgia were also consulted for the article. The article talked about many of the restaurants that are regular UC haunts such as Corcho Wine Room, Altus Café, Mamajuana, and La Sala 78 among many others. In short, the writer of the piece, Kristen Drybread, did a great job on showing our neighborhood in its proper light.
Check out the full article: newyork.timeout.com/
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Our boy, Uptown Collective member, M. Tony Peralta has been on a tear as of late. In late April, he released his latest collection of Tees entitled Uptown Local, which sold well and were the talk of the town. Then, in collaboration with Good Wood (makers of super amazing custom wood jewelry), a sinister all black version of the Freedom piece was released and sold out in record time. Now, M. Tony Peralta is featured in Time Out New York as one of the city’s most eligible bachelors. Congrats to our brother for the amazing run.
Check out the piece here: newyork.timeout.com/
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