History Waits For No One.

1928, Construction on 207th Street train yardBuried beneath layers of time and development lies another Inwood…an Inwood inhabited by Indians, Dutchmen, Hessians, captains of industry and hardscrabble Irish immigrants. Welcome to MyInwood.net.  A site dedicated to Inwood’s historic secrets and treasures. Pull up a chair and read for a spell.  I hope you enjoy this magical history tour.

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Parks

Isham Home by William Hassler circa 1912-1915

In 1862 a businessman named William Bradley Isham rented a summer retreat in northern Manhattan. He fell in love with the place and returned two years later to purchase the property. What follows is an exhaustive photo essay describing the origins of Isham Park.
Bolton and Calver digging in Inwood.

Update: Less than 24 hours after this post went on-line, Jennifer Hoppa, Administrator Northern Manhattan Parks, sent the following email: "The Capital Contractor was directed to...

History

Tubby Hook

Down there, on old Manhattan, Where land-sharks breed and fatten, They wiped out Tubby Hook. That famous promontory, Renowned in song and story, Which time nor tempest shook, Whose name...

Architecture

Seaman Drake Arch in 1929, Inwood

On the west side of Broadway, at 216th Street, stands a neglected and nearly forgotten monument to Inwood’s past. The great marble arch, constructed in the 1850’s, once led visitors to the glorious Seaman mansion, which, until the 1930’s, stood on the current site of Park Terrace Gardens on Park Terrace East and 217th Street.

Dining & Drinking

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Join us on May 3rd at 7:30 at the Indian Road Cafe for a never before seen look into Inwood's historic Hurst home.

Destinations

Cows on Inwood Hill

Inwood Hill is a 196-acre park located on the northern tip of Manhattan. The words “wild” and “untamed” are often used to describe the meandering trails, caves, cliffs and otherworldly geological formations that together make Inwood Hill so unique.

Art

1908 marked the fiftieth anniversary of Inwood's Public School 52. An historic poem celebrated the occasion.

Inwood People

Lionel Mapleson with Edison Home Phonograph and extra large horn, probably at the Metropolitan Opera House, circa 1901-1903, Source NYPL.

In 1937 Lionel Mapleson, the longtime librarian for the Metropolitan Opera, suffered a fatal heart attack inside his apartment in the Inwood section of Manhattan. History would remember him as the father of music piracy—an operatic bootlegger of the first order.