As a long time resident of northern Manhattan – currently in Washington Heights (previously in Inwood), I appreciate and value small businesses. When I spend my hard earned money I want to spend it in the most impactful way. I want to better my community. Small businesses tend to be run and managed by our neighbors and generally employ in the community. These businesses understand that the bottom line isn’t the amount of profit that can be shipped back to wherever their corporate headquarters are located -usually out of state, in some cases outside the country! Instead they know that the enrichment of the community as a whole is as important, if not more so, than trying to maximize every last dollar.
I bring this up because I am reminded of this every time I rent a car from AAMCAR on 181st. As usual Danny is behind the counter – he’s quick, efficient, and friendly. I know my car is going to be waiting for me. No delays and no hassles, I am in and out in a jiffy. Plus their garage is open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, and unlike some other places there is no drop-off fee to return over night!
While I’m on the topic I should mention some of my other favorite local establishments. If you find yourself on Fort Washington Ave you should definitely check out Jins on 181st. And I’ll take Franks Supermarket on 187 st any day over Whole Foods. For Dominican food you can’t go wrong with El Malecon on 175th st and Broadway. Maybe my next post will be about all the great restaurant options along 181st.