Manhattan Valley

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"Once known as the Bloomingdale Tract for the verdant farm that occupied the area after the Civil War, Manhattan Valley has undergone a series of transformations, none as remarkable as the one in progress right now. The neighborhood, which runs from Broadway to Central Park West and from 96th to 110th , has been recently renamed and reclaimed. Known as “Shanty Town” at the turn of the century for the Irish who came to escape the crowded conditions on the Lower East Side, Manhattan Valley has seen its share of crime and grime. Drug-riddled and rat-infested through most of the 1950s and 60s, it was ignored by developers over the next two decades as the Upper West Side became increasingly gentrified. While the real estate boom hit the land of families and dogs, this hodgepodge of once stately apartment buildings (facing Central Park,) giant housing projects (on Columbus and Amsterdam) and anonymous commercial properties (on Broadway) -- aptly called “the overlooked stepchild of the UWS,” by New York magazine -- held very little appeal for the types who were snapping up rentals and co-ops below 96th or closer to Columbia. That all began to change when the twin towers of the Ariel Apartments took root on Broadway in 2005. Urban Outfitters, Brooklyn Industries and a better crop of nail salons, health food stores and mom-and-pop restaurants, like Indus Valley and the Mama Mexico opened their doors, breathing new life onto dowdy Broadway. Then, in 2011 the five glass buildings comprising Columbus Square went up, despite the efforts of community members to staunch the spread of suburban-style mall stores. The complex offered over 700 new rental units, two schools, a Whole Foods Super Market and many other big box stores. It also brought scads of young professionals (with and without families) to the neighborhood, which is served by the IRT (1, 2,3), IND (A) Line and the M104 which runs from 129th Street in Harlem to the Port Authority Bus Terminal. Long-time residents call it one of New York’s best kept secrets and point to the splendid 19th century townhouses that line the side streets west of Broadway, the tree-lined boulevards and idyllic Straus Park with its lovely fountain and tribute to the couple who went down with the titanic." By: Fern Flamberg

Neighborhood Highlights

Trains:

1
B
A
C

Buses:

M4
M5
M7
M10
M60
M96
M104
M106
M116

Rental Prices:

$2,000 ― $6,000

Sales Prices:

$480,000 ― $1,435,000

Landmarks:

Frederick Douglass Circle, Church of the Ascension, Straus Park

School Districts:

3

Police Precincts:

24

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Reviews

  • dikar
    January 14th 2015
    I've lived here for 23 years and I love the neighborhood feel and blending of young and old, professionals and artists and the full economic range of buyers and renters. The recent gentrification has brought in some welcomed and un-welcomed chain stores but, all in all, the infrastructure is vastly improved. There are still hidden gems from the past to be found like the Nicholas Roerich Museum, in a townhouse on West 107th Street. The museum and cultural center is dedicated to the works of that Russian- born artist whose paintings focused on natural beauty and spiritual strivings and the blending of culture and peace in the world. Admission is free and I often attend the free Sunday evening musical concerts. It's a more small town feeling than the Upper West Side.
  • merbear
    November 30th 2014
    Gorgeous area with beautiful brownstones and terrific neighborhood atmosphere. Manhattan Valley is a excellent choice for young working professionals who don't mind a more subdued feel than downtown, but still want a spot to call home in the best borough!
  • merbear
    November 30th 2014
    Gorgeous area with beautiful brownstones and terrific neighborhood atmosphere. Manhattan Valley is a excellent choice for young working professionals who don't mind a more subdued feel than downtown, but still want a spot to call home in the best borough!
  • peterjohnson
    June 17th 2014
    Great value for Manhattan below 125th st.
  • sophie
    June 4th 2014
    Great express train service to the neighborhood on the 2 and 3 trains. Somewhat prefer Morningside Heights, but would recommend Manhattan Valley as well.

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