Washington Heights is a neighborhood in the northern portion of the New York City borough of Manhattan. The area is named for Fort Washington, a fortification constructed at the highest natural point on the island of Manhattan by Continental Army troops during the American Revolutionary War.
Reddit-user @jobuddy718 gave some wonderful information about the scene and the location:
“The "Carnaval del Barrio" courtyard is smack-dab in the center of the residential block between West 177th & 176th Streets (to the north and south, respectively) and between Pinehurst & Haven Avenues (to the east and west) -- decidedly in Washington Heights (and yes, less than a block from J. Hood Wright Park), not in Inwood.
This courtyard isn't publicly accessible; to go there in person, you'd have to be a resident of one of the surrounding buildings, or have permission from one.
The uneven pavement seen in that film still (above) is where a chain-link fence divides the courtyard into two separate areas belonging to the two buildings on either side; this fence was removed for the film and replaced afterward. So in the pic, Usnavi, Vanessa and Daniela are technically/legally standing on a property address at W 177th St, while Carla and Graffiti Pete are on one at W 176th (or possibly vice versa). Cuca is "on the fence," literally.”
Anthony Ramos, Melissa Barrera, Daphne Rubin-Vega, Stephanie Beatriz, Noah Catala, Jimmy Smith, Dascha Polanco
The story of Usnavi, a bodega owner who has mixed feelings about closing his store and retiring to the Dominican Republic or staying in Washington Heights.