As the northernmost neighborhood on Manhattan Island, Inwood is a desirable location for those that yearn for the feeling of suburban living, but can't stand the thought of leaving Manhattan.
With the Harlem River to the north and east, the Hudson River to the west, and Marble Hill directly north, Inwood is bound by water on three sides. As a result, many residents praise the neighborhood's scenic and isolated feel, away from the rush of the city, but not too much so.
Inwood's origins trace back to the 1600s, when the Lenape Indians sold the land to Peter Minuit. It also held historical relevance when the British occupied Manhattan in the Revolutionary War. During that time, several encampments were set up along Payson Avenue. Inwood's industrial expansion increased rapidly when the IRT Broadway train arrived in 1906, prompting a period of growth that led to Inwood’s current flourishing status, with its mixture of industry, public transit, and residential neighborhoods. Most Inwood apartments today are smaller pre-war buildings or detached and semi-detached houses.
The Irish were the predominant Inwood residents throughout the 20th century, as evidenced by the Gaelic football field in Inwood Park and several Irish pubs. Today, Inwood touts a strong Dominican presence, which makes up 74% of Inwood's population. Inwood residents frequent Inwood Park, which sits on the Hudson River. It's a particularly popular attraction among birdwatchers, who claim that the park is one of the best in the city. The park's many hiking trails are also popular. Finally, football fans can catch a game at the beautiful Lawrence A. Wien stadium, located within Columbia University's sports complex.
|Building Address||# no-fee apts|
|118 Vermilyea Avenue||18|
|121 Vermilyea Avenue||13|
|1795 Riverside Drive||9|
|243 SEAMAN AVENUE||7|
|1 Seaman Avenue||5|