The 13th Congressional District covers all of the Manhattan neighborhood of Fort George, which is itself part of Washington Heights. Bounded by 181st Street on the south, the neighborhood of Inwood at Dyckman Street to the north, the Harlem River on the east, and Broadway to the west, Fort George is home to world-famous Yeshiva University, which is located east of Amsterdam Avenue at Highbridge Park and which overlooks the Harlem River.
Fort George is predominantly a residential area and has a substantial Jewish population near Yeshiva University. Fort George is also home to many of New York’s Dominican residents and has a substantial Spanish-speaking population. Fort George, like the rest of Washington Heights, struggles with providing affordable housing for its residents as housing prices have risen with the influx of New Yorkers drawn to its prime location and culturally diverse neighborhood. Fort George is somewhat insulated from the traffic problems of most of the 13th District, as the only major thoroughfare, the Harlem River Drive, sits at the bottom of the series of hills that overlook the Harlem River from Amsterdam Avenue. While public transportation is available on the 1 train and several bus lines, the Fort George Community needs better public transportation access to the A Train stations at 181st Street, 190th Street, and Dyckman Street. Like the rest of Washington Heights, Fort George is also home to many of New York’s seniors who rely on the safety net of Social Security and Medicare, vital resources for the disadvantaged retired population in Northern Manhattan.
Expanding affordable housing availability and a heightened level of transparency for the housing support already in place, increased access to education and job training in both English and Spanish, maintaining and enhancing Fort George residents’ access to the A train, and ensuring Social Security and Medicare availability are among Mr. Fenstermaker’s priorities for the Fort George community.