Inwood in Manhattan NY

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Inwood is the Woods

Inwood is located on the northern tip of Manhattan; Washington Heights extends from 145th Street to 200th Street (Dyckman St), Inwood extends from 200th St (Dyckman St) to 220th Street.

Inwood Story

Inwood was a rural section of Manhattan into the early 20th century. Once the IRT subway reached Inwood in 1906, speculative developers constructed numerous apartment buildings on the east side of Broadway. A subsequent construction boom occurred after 1933 on the west side of Broadway , when the IND subway reached 207th Street along Broadway. Many of Inwood's impressive Art Deco apartment buildings were constructed during this period.

Today, Inwood is a residential neighborhood of primarily five-to-eight story prewar buildings, along with some of the few remaining detached houses on Manhattan island. Buildings are evenly mixed between elevator and walk-ups. Most of Inwood's co-op buildings are located west of Broadway, while rentals dominate on the east side of Broadway. Parks include the very large and old-growth Inwood Hill Park, Isham Park, Columbia University's athletic fields and a large portion of Fort Tryon Park. Institutions include the Allen Pavilion (an annex of New York-Presbyterian Hospital) and several churches and schools. Inwood also includes Dyckman House, the last remaining Dutch colonial-era farmhouse in Manhattan.

Inwood Historical Hightlights

1626: The Indians may have sold Manhattan Island to Peter Minuit in the very Inwood Hill Park.

1748: Dyckman Farmhouse was built by William Dyckman; burned down by the British, the house was rebuilt in 1783. Today, it is the last Dutch farmhouse in Manhattan.

1965: Malcolm X was assassinated while addressing a rally at the Audubon Ballroom.

1990: The Dominican Community in this area was the largest in the US.

1992: Guillermo Linares was the first Dominican elected to public office in the US as Inwood's City Council Member.

Today: Inwood Hill Park (196 acres) contains the last remnant of primeval forest in Manhattan.

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