Little Dominican Republic in Washington Heights, Manhatttan
Introduction and Location
During the American Revolutionary War, the continental army set up camp in the area, calling it Fort Washington (after George Washington). They set up camp in Washington Heights because it is higher in elevation than the rest of Manhattan. In the early 1900s, Irish immigrants starting moving into the Heights. They were followed by an influx of European Jews fleeing Nazism along with other refugees from WW1. However, the Heights really became what it is today after the Dominican migration starting in the 1960s. With the arrival of Crack in the mid-eighties, the area became dangerous. Now, it is one of the safest neighborhoods in Manhattan.
"...the neighborhood then witnessed an influx of Dominicans after the 1960s. It was then that the Dominicans became the majority in the neighborhood and here they established one of the most recognized ethnic enclaves throughout the city." --Brennan ortiz