Washington Heights

Yeshiva University To Sell 10 Buildings Near Its Campus

Apartments, home to young Jewish couples, helped area revival.

02/27/2014 - 19:00
Associate Editor

Yeshiva University confirmed this week that it will soon sell 10 apartment houses in the immediate vicinity of its Washington Heights campus, helping to alleviate some of the school’s precarious financial situation, but at the same time threatening the Jewish character of the neighborhood.

Rising To New Heights

Washington Heights and Inwood experience a Jewish revival — and this time, young families are putting down roots.
09/24/2013 - 20:00
Staff Writer

A professor of geography, Enid Lotstein became interested in some new territory last year — in Manhattan.

After renting in Harlem for seven years, Lotstein, who lives with her teenage daughter, decided it was time to buy. They investigated a few neighborhoods: familiar Harlem, Hudson Heights in the western section of Washington Heights and Inwood, the northernmost part of the borough, just above Washington Heights.

Rabbi Herschel Hartz of the Inwood Jews organization does much of his programming in neighborhood parks. Michael Datikash

Yair Saperstein, Instilling a passion for science in Washington Heights.

05/21/2012 - 20:00

Yair Saperstein, 21


Yair Saperstein has been a science guy for a long time (witness the permanently singed hair on the back of his hand from an elementary-school science “‘magic show” that went amiss).

Yair Saperstein

Building A Cultural Bridge In Washington Heights

Jewish and Dominican teens forming bonds over the Sosúa story.
01/23/2012 - 19:00
Staff Writer

Four years ago, Victoria Neznansky was faced with a difficult task. She was the newly hired chief program officer at the YM & YWHA in Washington Heights, which serves a predominantly Dominican community. And it was her responsibility to find a way to attract families from the area’s Jewish population, which had been dwindling for decades — all without alienating the dominant population.

Teenagers perform “Sosúa: Dare to Dance Together,” created by the Tony Award-nominated composer and director Liz Swados.

Washington Heights Jews Caught In A Growth Bind

As the affordable neighborhood increasingly attracts young families, can it be more than a stepping stone to the suburbs?
08/10/2010 - 20:00
Special To The Jewish Week

Young couples and families are flooding into Washington Heights, drawn by affordable rents, convenient commutes and a vibrant Jewish community. And they are changing the look and feel of what used to be referred to as Frankfurt on the Hudson for its concentration of German Jews.

The question on people’s lips these days is, will those young families stay in the Heights, putting down roots there, or will they move on?

Every summer sees a Jewish “outflux” from Washington Heights, says Anat Coleman, who works at the neighborhood's JCC.
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