Who used to live in Washington Heights and Inwood before the Puerto Ricans and Cubans?

These northern Manhattan neighborhoods were home to Irish and Jewish families before the 1950s.

Puerto Ricans and Cubans came next, and now Dominicans, particularly on the east side of Broadway.

Under the shadow of the George Washington Bridge, these neighborhoods are lively with merengue music and the sounds of Spanish conversation.

Dominican food, similar to that of Puerto Rico and Cuba, can be found in bodegas and restaurants.

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Karen Hill is a freelance writer, editor, and columnist. Born in New York, her work has appeared in the Examiner, Yahoo News, Buzzfeed, among others.

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