It’s a Lot Different than Midtown
Since 1988 I’ve lived all over the city but mostly in midtown. In fact, for five years I lived on 42nd Street between Eighth and Ninth Avenues which is about as Midtown West that you can get! And now when I tell people below 96th Street that I live in in Upper Manhattan in a place called Inwood above Harlem and Washington Heights, they sometimes look at me strange and say “Where?”
A Mission of Sorts
One of the reasons we started InwoodManhattan.com is because we live here and consider ourselves in some ways as ambassadors of this neighborhood. And residing here for more than a decade we know the area pretty well. So we thought it would be fun to do a post where we talk about Inwood and Washington Heights (nearby) and the rich history it has.
The Inwood Search Starts with Wikipedia
Wikipedia.org is as good a place as any to begin. Wikipedia’s Inwood Manhattan page launches with this description:
“Inwood is a neighborhood in the New York City borough of Manhattan, at the northern tip of Manhattan Island, in the U.S. state of New York.”
The Totally Wacky Start of Inwood Manhattan
The point of origin that Inwood Manhattan grew out of is allegedly an area where a marker now stands in Inwood Hill Park. Again we visit Wikipedia as our information source:
“On May 24, 1626, according to legend, Peter Minuit, the director general of the Dutch colony of New Netherland, bought the island from the Lenape Indians for 60 Dutch guilders and, the story goes, some trinkets. On the southern tip of the island Minuit founded New Amsterdam. A plaque (on a rock) marking what is believed to be the spot of the sale is in Inwood Hill Park, the only natural forest left in Manhattan.”
Inwood Manhattan is known in New York, NY as the Last Place in the City You Can Still Get Low Rents
It’s likely to soon change but Inwood is still somewhat affordable according to StreetEasy.com:
“As New Yorkers perpetually hunt for find affordable, comfortable places to live, many are turning to areas of Upper Manhattan like Inwood, rather than defaulting to the outer boroughs. Upper Manhattan — a submarket comprising Harlem, Inwood, Washington Heights, Hamilton Heights and Manhattanville — has become an increasingly popular place for both buyers and renters, with Inwood especially enjoying a growing reputation for pleasant living at a good value.”
The “New York Times” Weighs In
I used to read the “New York Times” obsessively but that changed as I got more and more depressed by the state of our country. Initially “The Times” was even my browser launch page. Thankfully there is a bit of an escape by living in Inwood. Here’s a description of it from an article from NYtimes.com:
“There is a way of life in Inwood, a sense of place, order and community that is more than its surroundings suggest. There are the lush parks, including the 196-acre Inwood Hill Park, the last natural forest in Manhattan, and the riverfront views. There are the streets filled with low-rise walk-up tenements. And there is the diversity: Nearly half of the residents here are foreign born.”
And a Perfect Place to Wind this Up is Taking a Look at the State of Public Transportation in Inwood
I don’t drive so I’m really not capable of living anywhere other the greatest city in the world, New York. For all the complaining people do about the subways in Manhattan, if you live here you can get to where you want to go. And who wants to go outside of the city anyway?!
Here’s a quote within a quote, meaning that on BrickUnderground.com they quoted a woman and now I’m quoting them quoting her (if that makes any sense). Regardless, here’s the nice quote (within a quote) from BrickUnderground.com:
“We are lucky to have both the A and the 1 train nearby so we can easily get to local stops on the Upper West Side. There’s an easy transfer between the A and 1 at 168th, so if one line is stalled, we can switch. Getting to the East Side is trickier. There is an expensive express bus, or you can take the crosstown bus from the West Side.”
Inwood Manhattan is a great place to live!