Inwood

Inwood

Neighborhood

Inwood is located at the northern-most tip of Manhattan Island where the Hudson and Harlem Rivers meet at Spuyten Duyvil Creek near 220th Street. The neighborhood extends southward toward Dyckman or 200th Street, which is also the entrance to Fort Tryon Park. Some residents argue that the non-numerical streets near the park just south of Dyckman- like Thayer, Arden, Sickles, Ellwood and Bogardus Place- are also part of Inwood, a topic best debated over a beer! Regardless of boundaries, the area hosts unparallelled greenspace, affordable rents, spacious apartments, and tons of new hip places to eat and drink, making it one of the best-kept secrets in Manhattan.

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What to do

PARKS AND RECREATION

Inwood is home to a host of beautiful parks and attractions. For starters, check out Columbia University’s Bakers Field Athletic Complex (533 W. 218th Street; west of Broadway). Baker Athletics Complex is the primary athletics facility for Columbia outdoor sports programs, featuring Robert K. Kraft Field at Lawrence A. Wien Stadium, Rocco B. Commisso Soccer Stadium, Columbia Softball Field, Robertson Field at Satow Stadium, the Columbia Field Hockey Venue, The Dick Savitt Tennis Center, The Remmer and 1929 Boathouses, the Chrystie Field House and the Campbell Sports Center. Baker has been upgraded several times since 2005, including state of the art surfaces for all of Columbia’s teams that compete at Baker Athletics Complex. Columbia’s baseball, field hockey, softball and soccer teams all play on sport-specific surfaces. There are a number of playgrounds for kids to enjoy and wooded areas with lots of sticks and fallen branches for fairy house and fort construction.

SHOPPING

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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.

FITNESS

Fitness Hanuman Health Club

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.

SPECIALTY MARKETS, STREET VENDORS, AND GREENMARKETS

Inwood Hill Spirits and Wine Room

For your health food needs, check out New Age Nutrition Health on Broadway between Hillside Ave and 193rd St. They have a moderate assortment of snack foods, easy-prep meals, and staple foods like pasta, frozen food, and bulk grains and nuts. If you have penchant for produce, you’ll enjoy great deals from street fruit vendors along 181st St. from Broadway to Amsterdam and on St. Nicholas Avenue from 181st St. to about 187th St. Getting to know your local vendors is vital, as you’ll learn who has the best produce for your taste buds.

Where to eat and drink

COFFEE SHOPS, BAKERIES, & MORE

Carrot Top Bakery

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. For great Chinese with tons of vegetarian options, don’t miss Amy’s Restaurants, on 207th St. just east of Broadway.

RESTAURANTS AND NIGHTLIFE

Sofia’s Pizza

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.

Transportation

TRAINS, BUSES, AND CABS

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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. MTA Link