A plaque remaining from the Big Apple Night Club at West 135th Street and Seventh Avenue in Harlem.

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Entry from November 19, 2010
Home of the Haze (Washington Heights)

"Home of the Haze” is a nickname for Washington Heights. The nickname might come from the haze of the Hudson River, but is most clearly identified with the drug “haze” or “purple haze.” Washington Heights developed a reputation for being a place to get purple haze—a purple strain of cannabis. 

Washington Heights has been nicknamed “Home of the Haze” since at least 2003.


Wikipedia: Washington Heights, Manhattan
Washington Heights is a New York City neighborhood in the northern reaches of the borough of Manhattan. It is named for Fort Washington, a fortification constructed at the highest point on Manhattan island by Continental Army troops during the American Revolutionary War, to defend the area from the British forces. Washington Heights borders Harlem to the South, along 155th street, Inwood to the North along Dyckman Street, the Hudson River to the West and Harlem River to the East.

Urban Dictionary
Home of the Haze
Means washington heights the best fucking place on earth. Is located in Upper manhattan from about 155 to 207 st. The heart of it is 181st. Dominican territory all thee way. These days it be Getting mad diverse and shit but we still the number one dare. People being saying that dique it aint safe, but ive lived there all my lifee and in my defense i was never raped, robbed, or assaulted. Next to us is Harlem and Inwood, which is iight but nothing comes close to DA heights.
“ yo i want some mofongo like right now bee “
“lets take the A uptown to Home of the Haze ”

by yupzersforshizzle Jan 12, 2010

Urban Dictionary
1.  HaZE
A certain strain of weed
Purple Haze, Pineapple Haze, Blueberry Haze
“I Live in Washington Heights, Home Of The Haze”
by SpaDe Nov 28, 2003
2.  haze
a very sick type of weed with alot of crystals and gets u higher than a motherfucker
i cop my haze from washington heights
by don Mar 28, 2005

DR1.com
11-30-2003, 08:57 PM
Tour Guide Of Washington-Dominican Heights/Inwood (For My English Final Presentation)
Preliminary Outline

This paper will be a travel guide for tourists, out of towners, residents of Washington Heights, and Locals. In it I will discuss the major parks, gardens, major tourist attractions, museums, and the conjecturing bridges along with various restaurants, cafes, different types of night clubs. I will also discuss what the area is like today. Washing heights and Inwoold along with the rest of Uptown/Northern Manhattan is rich in history. It’s a warm, welcoming, loving community. Washington Heights is known as The Home Of The Haze, Inwood Is Known as The Home Of The Beautiful People, and Harlem is Known As The Home Of The Hustle.

Washington Heights & Inwood Online
aswag74
Re:frustrated…
Reply #45 on: 06/07/04, 19:35
What frustrates you about the home of the haze?

New York (NY) Times
Metro Briefing
By THE NEW YORK TIMES
Published: October 20, 2005
MANHATTAN: ARRESTS MADE IN WIDESPREAD DRUG SALES Twenty-one people have been arrested in connection with the sale of drugs along a stretch of Post Avenue between Dyckman and 204th Streets in Inwood, the police said yesterday. The arrests, made last week, followed a yearlong investigation in which undercover officers made 28 purchases of illegal drugs from two groups along the avenue, said Bridget Brennan, the special narcotics prosecutor. Ms. Brennan said the groups sold cocaine and a high-potency strain of marijuana called purple haze. The area, which became known as the Home of the Haze, has had 11 shootings and four homicides in the past nine months, Ms. Brennan said.

eBaum’s World Forum
fRESHPLATES
08-22-2007, 05:55 PM
Join Date: May 2007
Location: NYC-181st aka ‘the heights’ aka Home Of the Haze.

WeBeHigh.com
New York
Updated: 10/05/2007
(...)
But in general yes, The Heights is famous for its potent weed and about 90% of the time the young “tigeres” or homeboys selling weed on the street are selling HAZE! Purple Haze and Wash Heights are synonymous.

Posted by Barry Popik
New York CityNeighborhoods • (0) Comments • Friday, November 19, 2010 • Permalink