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  • Top Secret New York: Sylvan Terrace

    Sylvan Terrace is one of New York’s best kept secrets, even for many locals. Twenty quaint row houses line a side street in Washington Heights, Manhattan, where an unassuming staircase between apartment buildings on St. Nicholas Avenue leads up to this surprising sight. At the end of Sylvan Terrace, which was originally a carriage drive, sits the Morris-Jumel Mansion – the oldest house in Manhattan. The house is located inside the Roger Morris Park and once served as George Washington’s temporary headquarters during the Revolutionary War. It is also the former home of the politician Aaron Burr. Why does that name sound familiar? Perhaps the fact that Lin-Manuel Miranda wrote parts of his 2015 musical Hamilton here should be a hint.