Apartments, home to young Jewish couples, helped area revival.
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.
Washington Heights and Inwood experience a Jewish revival — and this time, young families are putting down roots.
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.
Jewish and Dominican teens forming bonds over the Sosúa story.
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.
As the affordable neighborhood increasingly attracts young families,
can it be more than a stepping stone to the suburbs?
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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?