Tucked away in an appealing neighborhood I'd never even heard of (Hamilton Heights), the Hamilton Grange is a gem. The house itself is moderately interesting, well-preserved, and set in a pretty park, near its original location. Learning all about Hamilton was absolutely fascinating; he was instrumental in so many facets of America's founding, even the Coast Guard and Customs. The exhibit about him is thorough, informative and well-done, even after seeing the 15-minute video. Make sure you take one of the Ranger tours, though -- that's the only way to get upstairs into the actual house. Our Ranger, George, was an excellent guide, well-informed, down-to-earth and responsive to all sorts of questions. The greatest benefit of the tour, without question, is the short film about how the house was moved to its current location, in a very hilly neighborhood. Truly unforgettable. The Rangers were all friendly and helpful, suggested a nearby restaurant that we really liked (aptly named, The Grange, at 141 St and Amsterdam).
If you have a few minutes, here's a bonus. Those stone spires you see from Hamilton Grange are the City College campus, adjacent to the NPS site. Go see it -- the Gothic buildings are absolutely stunning, and very unexpected.
We took the #1 train to 137 Street/City College, so both the restaurant and campus were on our way back to the subway, a serious downhill. Even from the A train, City College is so close to Hamilton Grange, it doesn't take much climbing to get there.
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