Uptown in Inwood Exploring Manhattan's Northern Fringe

 While it remains under the radar, Inwood is a hidden gem that continues to  attract an increasing number of musicians, actors, artists and young  professionals in search of affordable housing and a vibe of being away from New  York City without leaving it.  

 Inwood is bounded by Harlem River to the north and east, and the Hudson River to  the west and extends southward to Fort Tyron Park and Dyckman Street.  

 Hark, There is a Forest

 Expect to find hiking trails, kayaking, a natural forest (the only one left in  Manhattan) and believe it or not, college football in Inwood. Lawrence A. Wien  Stadium, home to the (historically awful) Columbia University Lions football  team is located in the area. Sports Illustrated named the 17,000-seat Wien  Stadium (The Lion’s Den) one of the most beautiful places in the country to watch a football game,  most likely because of the panoramic view of the Harlem and Hudson rivers and  the New Jersey Palisades that are visible from the bleachers.  

 Many New Yorkers are turned off by Inwood’s northern location, but the A train is a lot speedier than you might think (a  straight shot from 59th Street to 125th Street shaves more than a few minutes  off) but the median commuter time for residents stands at around 45 minutes.  

 Early History

 In 1626, Peter Minuit, the director general of the Dutch colony of New  Netherland famously bought the island of Manhattan from the Lenape Indians for  60 Dutch guilders and legend has it, a few trinkets. A plaque on a rock in Inwood Hill Park marks the spot of the sale.  


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