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.
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.