Washington Heights-Inwood & NYC

Located in the Washington Heights-Inwood neighborhood of New York City for more than 80 years, P&S benefits from and contributes to the area’s rich history, culture, and diversity.

Both New York City overall and Washington Heights in particular offer endless enjoyable, educational, and enriching activities for P&S students. A global and cultural hub, this unique setting complements classroom learning and provides students with abundant leisure pursuits. Please learn more our neighborhood and city below!

Fort Tryon Park and The Cloisters

Just north of campus, Fort Tryon Park remains a favorite destination among P&S students. The park provides a beautiful scenic escape alongside the Hudson River. The Cloisters, located on the north end of the park, contains a collection of medieval art Rockefeller bought from sculptor George Grey Barnard. The museum, now overseen by The Metropolitan Museum of Art, includes several cloisters, or courtyards, from French monasteries. New Leaf Restaurant & Bar ($$$$), situated a short walk from The Cloisters, offers an upscale, urban dining experience set in beautiful gardens and under towering trees.

Historical Sights

  • Dyckman House (204th Street and Broadway)
  • St. Francis Xavier Cabrini Chapel (Fort Washington Avenue)
  • Yeshiva University (185th Street and Amsterdam Avenue)
  • The Audubon Ballroom Complex houses the Harlem-Heights Historical Society and the Audubon Tourist and Information Center (168th Street and Broadway)
  • Morris-Jumel Mansion (160th Street and Edgecombe Avenue)
  • Alexander Hamilton Mansion, The Grange (141st Street and Convent Avenue)
  • Audubon Terrace, the former estate of American artist John James Audubon, houses the American Numismatic Society, The Hispanic Society of America, The American Academy of Arts and Letters, and Boricua College (155th Street and Broadway)
  • Church of Intercession (155th Street and Broadway)
  • Trinity Cemetery (155th Street and Riverside Drive)
  • Dance Theatre of Harlem (152nd Street)
  • Hispanic Society of America (613 W. 155th Street and Broadway), a free museum with wonderful art collections from Spain, Portugal, and Latin America

Historical Highlights

  • 1626: The Native Americans may have sold Manhattan Island to Peter Minuit in Inwood Hill Park.
  • 1748: Dyckman Farmhouse was built by William Dyckman; burned down by the British, the house was rebuilt in 1783. Today, it is the last Dutch farmhouse in Manhattan.
  • 1965: Malcolm X was assassinated while addressing a rally at the Audubon Ballroom.
  • 1990: The Dominican Community in this area represented the largest in the U.S.
  • 1992: Guillermo Linares was the first Dominican elected to public office in the U.S. as Inwood’s City Council Member.
  • Today: Inwood Hill Park (196 acres) contains the last remnant of primeval forest in Manhattan.


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