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City Living: Washington Heights

Filled with rich history, cultural diversity and plenty of parks, Washington Heights is more than the struggling barrio portrayed in the Broadway musical In the Heights.

Named for Fort Washington, a Revolutionary War-era defensive fortification formerly located in Bennett Park, the Heights is now known as a lively community with family-friendly restaurants, many niche stores and top-rate schools.

Annie Hawkins, a Sovereign Associates broker, says the nabe is growing in popularity because of the reasonably priced, well-sized apartments.

People can get more space for their money up here, said Hawkins. Its true that the air is cleaner, there arent as many high-rises and youre close to so many parks.

Starting in the 1960s, this neighborhood became well-known for its high percentage of Dominican immigrants.

According to New York census data from 2010, WaHi continues to be an ethnic enclave, as nearly 30% of residents declare Hispanic heritage.

--By KATHARINE ULRICH