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Today's Featured Building: Bennett Condominium

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Battle of Fort Washington

Bennett Condominium is located on the former site of the Battle of Fort Washington. Fort Washington fell to the British at the expense of 130 American soldiers who were killed and 2,700 who were captured. The British renamed the area Fort Knyphausen, honoring the German who had lead the attack.

In the early 1900s, there was a large number of Irish immigrants moving into the area. Many Jewish immigrants and refugees arrived in the 1930s to escape Nazi Germany. By the 1980s, the area was being referred to as Astoria of Manhattan.

Currently, Washington Heights has the lowest crime rate within neighborhoods of Manhattan. That wasn't the case in the 1980s. There was a severe crack cocaine epidemic that was partly due to the Wild Cowboys and Red Top Gangs. They were also responsible for many crimes, especially murders. [1]

Today, Washington Heights is known as the fourth safest neighborhood in Manhattan. Most people living in the area are individuals who were born outside of the United States. There are just over 1,500 people living in the area, mostly in their 30s. [2]

Location

The Cloister

Bennett Condominiums is located in Washington Heights surrounded by many amenities. Typical errands can be accomplished without the use of a car. Within walking distance is Refried Beans Mexican Restaurant, Monkey Room coffee, Associated Food Markets, and Gorman Memorial Park.

For those needing to get away from the immediate neighborhood, there are great transit services. The area is bike friendly and has excellent lanes, but those who are wanting to bike around are in for a work out due to the steep hills in the area.

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