Hudson view gardens opened in 1924 and was originally started and sold as a housong cooperative, castle village on the other side of Cabrini blvd was finished in 1939 and converted to a co-op in 1985. Another large cooperative is the 16-story cabrini terrace, the highest building in the neighborhood. In the 1980s, most rental buildings in the area were converted to housing cooperatives or condominiums. In recent years, Hudson Heights has been an attractive area for homebuyers who want to stay in Manhattan, but can't afford to buy condos or co-ops in most other areas of the borough, or who want to buy condos or co-ops larger than those typically found in other areas. The multiple housing cooperatives and condominiums in the area have formed the Hudson Heights owners coalition.
Among notable institutions in Hudson Heights are the Catholic shrine of St Francis Xavier Cabrini and the Cloisters, where the Metropolitan Museum of art houses and displays its collection of Medieval art, located in Fort Tryon Park.
The area gained notoriety in May 2005 when a 75-year-old retaining wall facing the Hudson River on the property of the Castle Village co-op housing complex collapsed onto the Henry Hudson Parkway causing much consternation and traffic delays.
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