Seven Facts About Hamilton Heights…or how to impress your in-laws, grandpa or Tinder date
1. The City College of New York was built from recycled stone UNDER Manhattan that was dug out to originally build the subway.
2. Clement Clark Moore was buried in Trinity Cemetery on 155th Street. He was famous for writing "A Visit from St. Nicholas" that was later known as "Twas the Night Before Christmas." Mayor Ed Koch was also buried in Trinity Cemetery (where I’m sure he and Mr. Moore have lovely conversations).
3. The Audubon Mural Project explains why there are beautiful paintings of birds all over Hamilton Heights. John James Audubon was a painter ornithologist (the study of birds) and depicted The Birds of America. This was his greatest work. An art gallery owner and Hamilton Heights resident decided to recreate Audubon’s work on building walls, over brick and on metal shop shutters. The murals are brightly colored and can be seen all over the neighborhood.
4. Famous American Painter, Norman Rockwell, was raised in Hamilton Heights with his parents. When he was 21, he moved to New Rochelle, NY, and began his full time career as an artist for The Post in 1916. His home is ACTUALLY FOR SALE RIGHT NOW (I’ve seen it with my own eyes and took a video and want to buy it immediately): GO BUY IT AND CALL ME IF YOU’RE LOOKING FOR AN AGENT!
5. Striver’s Row is located on 138th Street and 139th Street between Adam Clayton Powell Boulevard and Frederick Douglass Boulevard. If you feel like you’re on the set of Sesame Street or a Nora Ephron movie, you’re in the right place. These brownstones were built in 1895- during an economic crisis and were only allowed to be sold to whites. At that time, whites were moving OUT of Manhattan. It wasn’t until 1920 when African Americans were allowed to purchase, and they did. For $8,000. These homes now go for upwards to $4 million. Famous musician Eubie Blake and entertainer Bill "Bojangles" Robinson lived there. "When one lives on Striver’s Row one has supposedly arrived."
6. Thurgood Marshall, the first African American supreme court justice, lived at the beautiful 409 Edgecombe. It’s now an HDFC Co-Op with insanely beautiful apartments on the market.
7. The Hamilton Grange sits at the north end of St. Nicholas Park (@ 141st Street)- this is the former home to Alexander Hamilton. He lived there for 2 years before he died in a famous duel with Aaron Burr. For more information on his life, I advise seeing the mediocre, easy-to-get-tickets-to, low budget musical, Hamilton.
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