The Essential Guide to Washington Heights | am New York

By Danielle Valente

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The 191st street subway station tunnel for the #1 train in Washington Heights, Wednesday, Jan. 6, 2016. (Photo: Linda Rosier)

Real estate prices aren’t the only thing booming in uptown Manhattan right now — so is the Washington Heights art scene.

From independent shops to non-profit organizations, the area is bursting with civic-minded creative types.

“There are a lot of really engaged people up here — as there should be in any neighborhood,” said Mary Ann Wincorkowski during her shift at Word Up Books, a volunteer-run bookstore at 2113 Amsterdam Ave.

Word Up supports the local literary scene and the Spanish-speaking community with a variety of programs like open mic nights, workshops and jazz concerts.

Meanwhile, the newly-established Higher Ground Festival gathers together Washington Heights and Inwood artists to network and collaborate on productions at places like the local Anne Loftus Playground.

“We are part of creating an art identity [uptown],” the festival’s co-founder and director Pablo Francisco Ruvalcaba said.

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