Few tourists, or even New Yorkers, know Lower Washington Heights. This interesting residential neighborhood is filled with history–from the oldest standing house in Manhattan to a landmark of the civil rights movement. Notable residences include brownstones that would fit perfectly on the Upper West Side, a brick street lined with three-story wood-frame homes, and an apartment house that was home to Count Basie and other notables.

Highlights include:

  • –Memorials to World War I heroes, including one by Gertrude Vanderbilt Whitney
  • –The Audubon Ballroom, a former vaudeville hall where Malcolm X was assassinated
  • –A mural in the Audubon Endangered Birds Project
  • –An historic district, including Sylvan Terrace
  • –The Morris-Jumel Mansion, George Washington’s headquarters for five weeks during the American Revolution ($10 entrance fee additional)

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At the World War I Memorial located between Broadway and St. Nicholas Avenue at West 167th Street. The meeting point is just south of the 168th Street A/C and 1 subway stop.


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Learn how Aaron Burr, Alexander Hamilton, the NY Mets and Lucille Ball are all connected to this neighborhood.



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Alan C.

Tour Guide
New York, NY

Alan Cohen is passionate about New York City. Diverse neighborhoods, the food, public art, architecture, and cultural institutions are sources of endless delight and fascination for this native of Brooklyn and Manhattan resident. Walk almost anywhere and there are layers of history in front of you, if you know how to see what's there. Alan, a former psychologist and college professor, has been exploring those layers most of his adult life. For fun, he started giving tours of his favorite places to friends. He became a tour guide for the Central Park Conservancy and a licensed New York City sightseeing guide because he loves to share New York¹s beauty and its stories. Photo ops of New York iconic landmarks are fine. It's even more rewarding to know the stories behind them. Take a walk with Alan and learn why New York is the world’s most interesting city.