Inwood is Manhattan’s northernmost neighborhood. It’s the home of Inwood Hill Park and the former site of the Native American Lenape village.
This largely Hispanic neighborhood has a large Dominican community. Like everywhere it is changing, but Inwood is one of the last places where you can find remnants of the old ways of life in Manhattan.
Walk across the Broadway Bridge and you’re in The Bronx.
Things to Do in Inwood
Dyckman and Broadway are Inwood’s main streets. The row of restaurants and bars on Dyckman between Broadway and Payson had outdoor dining before it became popular in NYC. There are a lot of hookahs. There are usually DJs for dancing. It’s a fun weekend spot.
809 is a bar where NYC’s Dominican community gathers.
Amores Café is a coffee house that gets rave reviews and has some live music.
Bocaditos Bistro is an upscale cafe with good food from the Mamajuana Group. It’s nicely decorated, so it’s a good date place and a place to take your parents or in-laws. The sofa in back is the best seat in the house.
Cachapas y Mas is Venezuelan fried food that is popular with the young crowd.
La Casa del Mofongo is famous for Mofongo (Mangú, Fufu) the mashed plantains that are home food in the Caribbean and West Africa. 🇩🇴🇵🇷🌍
Mamajuana Cafe is an anchor of the strip of restaurants on Dyckman west of Broadway.
The Hudson restaurant has gorgeous Hudson River and George Washington Bridge views May to October. thehudson.nyc
Republica Restaurant has a popular rooftop.
The Baker Athletics Complex is Columbia University’s sporting ground.
The Dyckman Farmhouse Museum is NYC’s only remaining Dutch colonial house (circa 1764). It’s interesting to see how simple life used to be. The Museum hosts community art exhibits.
Fort Tryon Park is just south of Inwood (across Dyckman St). It’s the home of the Met Cloisters which was reconstructed from religious buildings from France and Europe. It houses some of the Metropolitan Museum of Art medieval collection. The gardens, paths and Hudson River views from the Park are beautiful.
Inwood Hill Park is the site of the Native American Lenape village. Spuyten Duyvil Creek used to be a small bay. It must have been the most beautiful spot in Manhattan. Shorakkopoch Rock marks the spot of a famous old tree.
Isham Park is a really pretty park with a nice stand of big trees. Families picnic there.
The neighborhood was once the site of the Indigenous Lenape village. Naturally, they choose the most beautiful, peaceful spot on the island. There was long a famous old tree on the spot, but all that remains is a boulder and a plaque. There are still “Indian Caves” in the hills.
Broadway is the old “Indian Trail” that connected the village with the trading post at the southern tip of Manhattan under what is now the Smithsonian National Museum of the American Indian in the Alexander Hamilton U.S. Custom House.
Walking through the forest in the Inwood hills, it’s hard to believe you are in Manhattan.
The City government is New York City Council District 10.
The County government is Manhattan Community District 12 and the Manhattan Borough President.
The Federal government is New York’s 10th congressional district and the New York Senators.