Where is Manhattan’s highest natural point?

Sure, at 265 feet above sea level, it’s not exactly very high.

But when earthquake–triggered waves crash over Manhattan and you have no idea where to go, head to Bennett Park.

It’s a sweet little park—the borough’s highest ground—in Washington Heights on Fort Washington Avenue and 183rd Street.

The nearby area played a crucial role in American history.

Called Long Hill by early Dutch settlers, it became George Washington’s operations base during the Revolutionary War, thanks to its vantage point. 

Fort Washington was the site of a major defeat by British and Hessian troops. But hey, our side won the war.

An impressive monument on the Fort Washington side of the park commemorating the Battle of Fort Washington was put up in 1901.

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4 Responses to “Where is Manhattan’s highest natural point?”

  1. Nabe News: March 29 - Bowery Boogie | A Lower East Side Chronicle Says:

    […] highest point in Manhattan is in Washington Heights.  It sits a meager 265 feet above sea level [Ephemeral […]

  2. Julia Says:

    I am proud to live in this wonderful part of Manhattan.

  3. The “mountain” once on the Lower East Side « Ephemeral New York Says:

    […] Where’s the current highest point in Manhattan? Several miles to the north. […]

  4. Pat K Says:

    It is Beautiful and some of the last forest left.

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