Sugar Hill

Sugar Hill

The 13th Congressional District covers all of the Manhattan neighborhood of Sugar Hill, which is itself a part of the Manhattan neighborhood called Hamilton Heights. Bounded by 145th Street on the south, 155th Street on the north, Edgecombe Avenue on the east, and Amsterdam Avenue to the west, Sugar Hill has been home to W.E.B. Du Bois, Thurgood Marshall, Adam Clayton Powell, Jr., Duke Ellington, Cab Calloway, Walter Francis White, and Roy Wilkins. Sugar Hill is an area rich in black history, at times defining the development of jazz music in the United States. The famous Billy Strayhorn and Duke Ellington song “Take the A Train,” was named after the Manhattan and Brooklyn subway line that runs through Sugar Hill, stopping at 145th Street and St. Nicholas Avenue in the heart of Sugar Hill. Strayhorn took the title from Ellington’s directions to Ellington’s house in Sugar Hill after Ellington hired Strayhorn from his home in Pittsburgh. Sugar Hill, like the rest of Hamilton Heights, has a substantial senior community resulting in an importance for viable Social Security and Medicare programs. Ensuring affordable housing support, increased access to education and job training, maintaining and enhancing public transportation, and ensuring Social Security and Medicare availability are among Mr. Fenstermaker’s priorities for Sugar Hill.

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P.O. Box 3762, New York,
New York 10163.