Inwood Hill Park
Inwood is bordered by the Harlem River to the north and east, and the Hudson River to the west. It extends southward to Fort Tryon Park and alternatively Dyckman Street or Fairview Avenue farther south, depending on the source.
Inwood is one of the best kept secrets in Manhattan. With affordable rent prices, super spacious apartments, and tons of new hip places to eat, Inwood is one area that you should definitely consider calling your home.
PARKS AND RECREATION
At the northern most tip of Manhattan, Inwood Hill Park has many walking trails perfect for jogging or dog walking. It stretches all the way from the northern most part of Manhattan all the way down to Dyckman St., with the only remaining natural forest in Manhattan. It’s also one of the wildest parks in the city, so be careful of skunks – and turtles, and geese, and ducks! Inwood Hill Park has a dog run, a huge soccer field, baseball fields, and a brand new tennis and basketball court where they offer tennis lessons for the beginner to the advanced alike. At the northernmost part of the park on the inlet, BBQ-ing is allowed, which makes for an awesome spring and summer. Inwood is home to Columbia University’s Bakers Field Athletic Complex, which is the college’s home football field, just north of Inwood Hill Park.
In addition to Inwood Hill Park, there is also Isham Park at 214th St and Broadway, and the beautiful Fort Tryon Park which borders the southern part of Inwood at Dyckman. Check out the Cloisters, or just lounge around on the many lawns and enjoy a view of the Hudson River. On Broadway and 204th you’ll find The Dyckman House Museum, a charming Dutch farmhouse built in 1784.
INWOOD FARMER’S MARKET
One of the greatest things about Inwood is the Inwood Farmers Market every Saturday, rain or shine, on Isham between Cooper and Seaman. There is a great selection with locally grown produce, meat, milk, honey, cheese, plants, and much more. You can also recycle clothing and bring your compost! For everyday groceries, the main neighborhood stores are C-Town on Broadway just south of 207th St. and Fine Fare at Dyckman (open 24 hours). PJ’s liquor store, next to the C-Town, is one of the largest and most affordable liquor stores in the city and has a huge wine selection. For another seriously great wine/liquor store with regular tastings and events, visit Inwood Hills Spirits & Wine on Broadway at 215th St. They’re friendly, knowledgeable and they DELIVER!
Inwood, land of a thousand bargains! There are a ton of small clothing stores here, often with great deals. .99 cent stores are prevalent (seriously, you may never shop at a regular store again once you see how cheap you can get certain items), and just north of Inwood you can shop at Target or Marshalls. The main business districts in Northern Inwood are along Broadway, West 207th St., Dyckman, and Nagle.
In addition to walking the trails in the various parks, you can work on your body at Planet Fitness on Dyckman at Sherman Ave. ($10 a month!) or take some classes at Bread and Yoga. The original location of Bread & Yoga was tragically destroyed in a fire, but the community is determined to keep it in the neighborhood! Check out their website for classes and locations, or take one of their free classes in Inwood Hill Park during the summer.
Inwood is home to tons of animals! With the parks, dog runs, and lots of pet friendly apartments, Inwood is a great place to have a critter. Check out Furry Fiends at 207th St. between Broadway and Cooper, or The Pet Ark on Broadway north of Isham for all of your pet’s supplies. Inwood Animal Clinic is the local veterinarian, and they are delightful and very helpful. When the weather is nice, it’s easy to eat outside with your furry companion—many of the restaurants in the neighborhood have sidewalk seating, and you can park Fido right next to your table.
Like all of NYC, Inwood is very diverse; but this area in particular feels very “neighborhoody”— a little village in a big city. Lots of residents have lived here for a long time and have a vested interest in its success. In early 2012, a three alarm fire destroyed a large commercial building and several small businesses at 207th St. and Broadway (though thankfully no one was hurt). Within 48 hours of the fire, the community had a meeting that was attended by 400 local residents and several politicians, and almost $17,000 was raised to help those affected by the fire. Among those leading this effort was Emily Ackerman, one of our agents here at Bohemia Realty and a resident of Inwood herself. With her help, many of the businesses have relocated within the neighborhood and the community support has been outstanding. Check out the Facebook page for Inwood Community Group for up to date information on all the goings on in Northern Inwood. This page was started in response to the fire, but has since become an open forum and great source of information for the neighborhood.
Indian Road Café, located on W.218th Street and Indian Road, is nestled right at the beginning of Inwood Hill Park. Indian Road Cafe is a beautiful neighborhood spot with a seasonal menu, and often has events such as trivia night and live music. Traveling down Broadway, you’ll find Carrot Top Bakery and further south on Broadway, don’t miss Grandpa’s Brick Oven Pizza. Between Isham and 207th St., try The Garden Cafe a great local place with beautiful outdoor space open year round. For Thai food, Yummy Thai is a great choice, and a welcome new addition to the neighborhood. Across the street at 207th is Piper’s Kilt, a neighborhood bar that has been around for years. They have a full menu featuring award winning burgers, and an affordable full bar with knowledgeable local bartenders. They also have trivia nights and karaoke starting at 9pm on Sunday nights, which is often a hilarious neighborhood sing along. For great Chinese with tons of vegetarian options, don’t miss Amy’s Restaurants, on 207th St. just east of Broadway. Across the street, Mexican food lovers should check out Guadalupe, known for their huge margaritas and happy hour specials.
Cachapas Y Mas on Dyckman St. has Venezuelan food in a recently renovated location near the 1 Train at Dyckman. For upscale Dominican food check out Cana y Café on 207th St. between Sherman and Vermilyea.
Over the past couple of years, Dyckman Street west of Broadway has become known as “Inwood’s Boulevard” and is home to many trendy places to eat and have drinks such as: Papasitos, Mamajuana, Corcho Wine Room, Il Sole, and Mama Sushi. Also on this strip is The Park View, which is a great old school neighborhood diner with a large menu.
Lovers of Italian food should stop by Il Sole, which sports a huge outdoor patio and killer sangrias and mojitos. Next door to Il Sole is Corcho Wine Room, a small and very chill wine bar specializing in Spanish and Latin wines. Dyckman Bar has been recently renovated with a hip new décor and has become a hot spot in Inwood. For great Mexican food with a friendly atmosphere and exciting menu, Papasito is definitely the place, and they turn into a club after 11pm. Mamajuana, on Dyckman just west of Seaman Ave., also stays open late and has a full bar and a Spanish fusion menu. Mama Sushi is a blend of Spanish and Asian fusion and, like most of the restaurants on this strip, has outdoor seating when the weather is nice.
There are also plenty of bars and nightlife in Inwood as well. Most of the spots on Dyckman west of Broadway stay open late and offer hookahs. 809 Lounge, on Dyckman and Nagle Ave, Aires on Nagle and Thayer, Papasitos and Mamajuana all close the kitchen and turn up the music after 11pm.
The express A train stops at Dyckman St, and its last stop is at 207th and Broadway which stretches to Isham St. The 1 train runs along the eastern part of Inwood and stops at Dyckman, W.207th, and W.215th St. The Bx7 and M100 bus lines run up and down Broadway, and the Bx12 bus line runs down W.207th St into the Bronx over the University Heights Bridge. Gypsy cabs are everywhere and will honk at you if you are standing around or walking down the street.