Manhattanville (also known as West Harlem or West Central Harlem) is a neighborhood in New York City, Manhattan, bordered on the north by 135th Street; on the south by 122nd and 125th Streets; on the west by the Hudson River; and on the east by Adam Clayton Powell Jr. Boulevard and the City College campus.
Throughout the 19th century, Manhattanville was bustling around a ferry and day-to-day watershed. It was the first station on the Hudson River Railroad to run north of the city, and the hub of daily bus, bus and streetcar routes. Situated near the famous Bloomingdale Road, its hotels, entertainment centers and post offices have made it an attractive suburban retreat from the city, yet its direct proximity to the Hudson River has also made it an invaluable industrial entry point for construction materials and other goods bound for Upper Manhattan.
With the construction of road and rail viaducts over the valley where the town was situated, Manhattanville, increasingly absorbed into the growing city, became a marginalized industrial area. In the early 2000s, the neighborhood became the site of a major planned expansion of Columbia University, with Morningside Heights campuses in the south and Washington Heights in the north.
The Manhattanville area is diverse in the uptown Manhattan neighbourhood. Many residents may refer to the area as West Harlem. Like much of the city, this area has been gentrifying; Columbia University has bought a large portion of real estate here to support its expansion.
Many warehouses, a live poultry market and clothing stores are still located along main streets. Broadway is connected to an above-ground Metro line that divides the city. Many of the residence reserves are located in older brick and stone apartment buildings.
The West Harlem Piers Park provides fishing, kayaking and just hanging out two acres along the Hudson River. You will be close to the extensive Riverside Park as well. It is 10.5 miles / 30-70 minutes by car / 40-50 minutes by transit to Wall Street, 5.8 miles / 20-40 minutes by car / 30 minutes by transit to Rockefeller Center, 22.3 miles / 35-60 minutes by car / 60 minutes by transit to Jersey City.