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.
Inwood features a variety of fine restaurants and creative food options, including Inwood Greenmarket on Saturdays, the popular pubs Inwood Local and Piper's Kilt, and the coffee spot Darling Coffee. A variety of shopping venues are located on Broadway, Dyckman Street, and West 207th St.
Accessing Inwood and its attractions is easy via subway or bus. The A line on 207th Street or Dyckman Street runs along Broadway, while those who prefer the bus can take the M100, Bx7, Bx12+, and Bx20 bus routes.
To escape the city without ever stepping foot off of Manhattan, Inwood is the place to be. Do you want the feeling of living in the suburbs but can't stand the thought of leaving Manhattan? One word: Inwood.
Local Subway Stops
- 1 215 St
- 1 207 St
- A Inwood - 207 St
- A Dyckman St
The Top No-Fee Buildings
|Building Address||No-Fee Apts|
|48 Post Avenue||15|
|520 West 204 Street||14|
|125 Vermilyea Avenue||10|
|2 Seaman Avenue||8|
|141 Nagle Avenue||5|
- 42% Pre War
- 19% Walk-Up
- 18% Elevator/Laundry Building
- 12% Elevator Building
- 3% Post War