Would You Ever Try to Build a Community?

Bronx News NYC very recently did a post about the importance of community. Inwood Manhattan, although located in Manhattan, is just over the bridge from the Bronx.

Living in Inwood Manhattan has various sub communities, many of them are based on parents and the ages of their children.

The school your kid goes to has a lot to do with who is in your latest community. This is because parents get to know parents if their kids are in the same school as your child is. For example the various communities you will find yourself in as a parent start with Day Care to Pre School to Kindergarten to Elementary School to Middle School and to High School.

Next is college, but we have not reached that point yet with our teen. As we have spoken about often is that here in Inwood Manhattan there are a lot of community supported local entrepreneurial small businesses as well as various folks who are in the arts allows building up their followers.

Get your audience now. Don’t wait. Even if you are an introvert you will be able to come up with a way to make this happen. Whether if you are a small business owner or someone who is trying to make their creativity their career, you need those followers, online and off, to help you move steadily forward.

In the old days, studios spent much money building up their actors as stars. Now companies want you to already be a known entity before they will sign you on. Believe it or not, but the success of your business or artistic pursuits is in direct correlation with how many passionate people you have in your social media or other means of measurement.

If you are someone with a lot of visitors to your website where they buy your products, you in a sense do not need a big business to take you on. This is because you have an audience. Though, it is sometimes true that a deal with the movers and shakers of your audience can be a positive partnership. Be careful though, because it is fairly likely they choose to go with you because of the number of followers you have.

Yianni Stamas, Living in Upper NYC, Takes a Look at Celebrations

A New York Neighborhood

The publication you are reading right now, “Inwood Manhattan,” has for quite some time been bringing you news from areas here in this unusual New York neighborhood.

Today January 6th

Today is known as “Epiphany” in some cultures and countries including Columbia, Austria, Croatia, Columbia, Cyprus, Ethiopia and Poland.

Three Kings’ Day

January 6 is, in some countries, called Three Kings’ Day or the “Feast of the Epiphany.”


Before there was Christmas, Epiphany was celebrated and is one of the oldest Christian feasts, in existence since the end of the second century.

Winter Solstice

Did you know that as early as 1996 BCE, the Egyptians celebrated the winter solstice complete with a tribute to Aeon (one of the orders of spirits, or spheres of being, that came forth from the Godhead). Interestingly enough, this holiday was established prior to the Gregorian calendar’s introduction. How will you celebrate today, January 6th?!

Inwood Manhattan Saved by a Hand?

A Revolution Kicked in the Face?

Why are arts in the USA floundering? Where is the USA Creativity. Where is the Inwood Manhattan creativity for that matter? It could all be so beautiful, but money and lack thereof is what stands in the way of the USA Creativity Revolution.

Birthplace of the City

Inwood of NYC is the area that is on the Northern tip of the island that allegedly is the birth place of the city. There is even a monument to this effect in Inwood Hill Park.

Are you, Well, Listening?

And yet with all the force that could be derived through this fact, the creative will is not strong. People have lost faith in creativity and ultimately don’t believe, don’t participate, lets it die. USA Creative is on its death bed doing it’s best to be heard. Are you listening?!

Inwood NYC Action Plan on Academy Street Manhattan

Parents and their Children

Many parents are worried for their children in the big changes that are coming to Inwood soon. The community is being changed virtually entirely.

The Changes Over the Years in Inwood Manhattan

Inwood Manhattan used to have a mixture of Jewish, Irish and Greek immigrants several generations ago but now it is a largely Dominican neighborhood.” And there is a rezoning issue fueled by $200,000,000 of government money.

Two Sides

Some think the rezoning of the neighborhood is good, while others do not. There is fear on all sides. Folks who have been living in Inwood Manhattan are afraid they’ll lose their homes whereas developers and some residents think the neighborhood needs to be transformed. Thankfully Inwood Manhattan has Lights Camera Read to help keep the peace.

Assurances Given

There is assurance being given though that the investment will be used to build affordable homes, upgrade parks and connect the Harlem River waterfront to Inwood.

How about the Library?

There is another issue that some Inwood Manhattan residents are not happy about. It is the tearing down Inwood’s current library and putting a new state of the art one in its place


There was a petitiion that was created to fight these changes – including the library – but the developers won out. Whether most people will ultimately like these changes is yet to see. “In the end it is all about the children,” says the editor of Manhattan Kids Guide.

Will the Arts Thrive?

One aspect of developers’ promises has some people excited about the prospect there being built a performing Arts Center. This center will celebrate immigrants who have made such a difference in this community.


The claim is that the Inwood NYC action plan was the result of years of work as well as extensive interaction with the existing community. Is this true? Developer claim that a City Team led by NYCEDC were responsible for this neighborhood engagement. Apparently there were over 25 bilingual public events, stake holder meetings and workshops.

Who are the 2,500?

As a long time resident of Inwood we were not invited to any of these happenings so one wonders how the developers contact (they claim) over 2,500 people from the neighborhood. Not once did we receive any literature about this nor received fliers in the streets. How were these so called 2,500 people engaged? If so, was it a positive and inclusive process?

What’s Your Opinion?

What do you feel about the changes in Inwood Manhattan. Contact and let us know if you think that this is a good thing or not for our children.