The Boxers in Washington Heights (3820 Broadway at 159th Street) had its grand opening this past weekend, and uptown's new gay bar is already a hit, judging by the line in front on Friday night.
And it's not alone. Plywood is up around many Broadway storefronts in this southern section of Washington Heights. By the looks of it, locals can expect a spate of new bars and other businesses in the coming weeks and months (as well as a remodel of Liberato Food Market at 3900 Broadway, whose iconic helicopter sign sadly no longer hangs out front).
Across the street from Boxers the signs are up for Hilltop Park Alehouse at 3821 Broadway. The relatively large corner pub–which shares its name with a huge Washington Heights baseball park that was home to the Yankees when they were known as the Highlanders–plans to have about 30 tables.
(Update: Hilltop Park Alehouse is now open, although still only serving drinks; the bar is from the same owners as The Hogshead in Harlem.)
Four blocks north stands another renovated spot set to open sometime later this year called Penny Jo's. The corner bar, at 3898 Broadway and 163rd Street, is from the owners of Uptown Bourbon, a low-key whiskey spot that came to Hamilton Heights two year ago.
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