About

Cole Thompson

My name is Cole Thompson and I live and work in the Inwood section of Manhattan.

A former journalist, television producer and writer I once hit #1 on the New York Times Bestseller List for a book I co-authored on the Laci Peterson investigation.

If you live in the neighborhood you likely know me from the local history talks I co-host at the Indian Road Café on the first Tuesday of every month.

By day, as a licensed real estate salesperson with the local firm New Heights Realty, I help newcomers get to know the Inwood I love and know so well.

I truly enjoy helping customers explore this gem of a neighborhood on the northern tip of Manhattan.

What’s not to love?

There’s the 196-acre Inwood Hill Park, the weekly farmer’s market, stunning art deco buildings, the historic Dyckman Farmhouse and so much more.

While there is practical information abound on this website, the primary focus lies in the history of the neighborhood.   On this site I’ve attempted to make history fun and I hope I’ve met with some success.

I can’t tell you the pride I feel when people I’ve never met stop me on the street to discuss or expound on a piece of information they’ve discovered on MyInwood.net.

With that, on to the history.

If you are thinking of buying or selling an apartment in the area please drop me a line using the form below.  My work ethic is strong and my knowledge of and enthusiasm for the neighborhood is unsurpassed. (All inquiries will be kept confidential)

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{ 32 comments… read them below or add one }

Dr.JORGE GALARZA DE LA CUESTA December 3, 2008 at 1:32 pm

En Buenos Aires,Argentina,existio un programa de Television que se llamo ..60 Minutos…y fue
el programa de Noticias que marco toda una epoca…alla., por los años 80.-
Excelente la pagina.,muy bien redactada,compaginada y sobre todo con datos verdaderos., como no podia ser menos..con tan sacrificado ayudante.-

Bob Pappas January 26, 2009 at 2:06 pm

What an excellent array of photos!! I grew up on Academy Street and Post Avenue. From first to third grade I attended Our Lady Queen Of Martyrs on Arden Street and then went to Saint Judes the first year it opened. It was a great place to grow up. I was hoping you had some photos of the Dyckman Street Oval which was located where the Nagle Avenue housing projects are situated today. I had some work on Broadway and 218th Street around 2001 or 2002 where I was placing fiber optic cable in the roadway. We were excavating and found plenty of coblestone buried under the asphalt. To my surprise we also found some trolley tracks or old railway tracks 2 feet down

Cole Thompson January 26, 2009 at 2:22 pm

I’m glad you liked the slide show. I do have some images of the Dyckman Oval. Check the slide show in a day or so. I’ll put some up for you. I also noticed trolley tracks when they were tearing up Broadway in front of the C-Town this summer. I didn’t think to snap a photo.

Cole Thompson January 27, 2009 at 11:25 am

I just posted a photo of the Dyckman Oval in the Now and Then section. You might have seen this one before. I’m trying to search out other images. Its proved harder than I imagined. You’d think there would be more images of a once thriving sports complex. The search continues…

Jose Le Grand March 24, 2009 at 1:41 pm

Came across the two photos of Isham Gardens, WOW.
Just wondering if you had any more. I have tried in vain over the years to find photos of this building. By the way I currently reside in 221 Seaman Ave. I use to live in 41 PTW when I first moved in the building back in 1982.

Patricia Miggins Resch April 4, 2009 at 4:38 pm

Thank you so much for these wonderful pictures My family left Inwood in 1975-My sister and I grew up there and have many fond memories. We lived at 57 Park Terrace East and I was married in Good Shepherd Church-it has been great to see some of our old “hangouts”.

Cole Thompson April 4, 2009 at 4:46 pm

Patricia,
Thanks for logging on. Please feel free to write in with more memories. -Cole

Pat Kitson April 14, 2009 at 8:59 am

Cole,

I can’t begin to tell you how much I enjoyed looking at the slides. You did an excellent job. It was absolutely fantastic.

Thank you.

Jane Guerra April 24, 2009 at 7:46 pm

Cole, in your ‘rotating’ photos in the upper right on this page, there’s one inside Isham Gardens (with the old fountain & bushes) in the center courtyard. To the right of the photo, under the ‘arches’ (beneath the walkway – portico – which is above it, is the apt. (w/’screen door’) where I grew up. :)

Bonnie Duval May 11, 2009 at 3:32 pm

Hi Cole, I posted a question about John and Olive Heath, who lived in the Inwood area from about 1930-1972. It was said by a family member, that John had an auto dealership in the area. Is there any way to research this? Thanks for your wonderful website!
Regards,
Bonnie Duval

Cole Thompson May 11, 2009 at 3:51 pm

Bonnie,
With any luck someone ready this might remember the Heaths. Anyone?
Good luck. I’ll keep my eyes peeled. –Cole

GEORGEANNA BRADFORD January 21, 2010 at 9:20 pm

HI COLE, YOU DID A WONDERFUL JOB. I SPENT THE EARLIER PART OF MY MARRIAGE ON VERMILEA AVE. AND THEN 204TH STREET. MY KIDS WENT TO GOOD SHEPHERD SCHOOL. NOW I AM A OLD LADY LIVING IN THROGS NECK. MY LATE HUBBY CAME FROM SEAMAN AVE. AND ALSO WENT TO THE SAME SCHOOL. IT REALLY BROUGHT BACK GREAT MEMORIES. THANK YOU AGAIN GEORGEANNA

Rosalie Muskatt February 16, 2010 at 1:48 am

Cole,
I just stumbled across the website and am so glad that I did. At first, when I saw your picture, you looked so familiar to me, but I couldn’t place you. As I began to navigate the site, I read your bio and discovered that you worked at Court TV. Do you remember me? I worked at Court TV, developing and supervising the channel’s original movies. Small world! Even smaller, because I grew up in Inwood! I lived on Sickles Street between Sherman and Nagle Avenues. I attended PS 152, JHS 52 and George Washington H.S. I loved growing up in Inwood! I couldn’t have asked for a better neighorhood in which to have grown up! The parks, the river, two movie theaters on Dyckman Street (in my day), Inwood Lanes, Trocadero, I could go on and on. Thank you for this great forum! Nice to reconnect with you. Best, Rosalie

monica richardson March 26, 2010 at 1:51 am

HI Cole,
I am still amazed by your work with the photos and history of Inwood. The slide show is fantastic. I grew up n Inwood and played in all the parks as a kid. Looking back we were afraid to play in some parts of Isham Park, like it was haunted. I think now it was or is for sure after reading it’s history. Also the area near 212 213th street felt equally haunted.
My Grandparents lived on Sykel (I forgot how to spell this street)and Ellwood Street so we walked down Dykeman daily probably and I lived in the apartment by the L train when I was born. I can still hear the train rattling our apartment. I live in California now but I am so grateful I grew up in Inwood. During the 1950′s 60′s and 70′s it was great. I left in 1974 when I turned 17 never to return to live again. But I visited from Hawaii where I lived for 9 years. I still miss it and the way it was. I had great friends. Good Shepherd was a great School back then too.

Juan Manuel Soaje-Pinto April 4, 2010 at 1:38 pm

Dear Cole,
Congratulations for this marvillouse site, mixing stories and pics from the back old times area spices the interests in visiting and mooving there. Keep up with your great work of historical resercher and realtor. Sincerely, Juan Manuel
Buenos Aires, Argentina.

Ana Rodriguez April 12, 2010 at 1:05 pm

I am so excited I found this website. I have been doing some research for a research paper for school that I’m doing on Inwood and came across this website from Wikipedia. I need all the information I can get. Reading all the comments I leaned a lot. I never even imagined that Dyckman had a movie theater. I am from the younger generation of Inwood residents. I live here all my life. I was born living on Academy and Post back in 1988, then 2-3 years later we moved to were we live now, 204Th Street between Vermylea and Sherman. I am going to continue to explore more of the website and i can’t wait to do so. Thanks Cole for taking the time to create this fantastic website about our neighborhood.

Larry Ivers August 27, 2010 at 1:23 pm

Hi Cole

Talk about your Kodak moments and memories. Kudos on your research and website. I lived on Sickles Street and upper Thayer Steet. Attended OLQM (class of ’66) GWHS(class of ’70) and Lehman College (class ’74). I have found memories of Inwood and her surrondings. Thanks for caring and introducing a great neighborhood to others

Tonia Kay March 15, 2011 at 1:23 pm

Thank you so much Cole for this website! I was raised on Post Avenue from 1975-1999 and seeing these pictures, brought back alot of good memories. I haven’t been moved like this in a very long time!

Margaret Kenney March 20, 2011 at 6:32 pm

Lived at 618 Academy Street from the age of 3 to 16. Graduated from Good Shepherd
School in June 1954 and then spent four years at the Academy of the Sacred Heart of
Mary on Park Terrace East. This high school closed in 1978, but the drive to keep
Good Shepherd School was successful. Have so many happy memories of my growing
up years in Inwood. There were three movie houses in the 1950′s — Loew’s Dyckman,
the Alpine and another on 207th Street. Enjoyed the Saturday matinees — two full-
length movies, a newsreel and cartoons — all for a quarter. Loved playing and swimming in the pool in Fort Tryon Park. In my teens I spent many summer afternoons
at the Miramar Pool. I am 70 now and living in Wilmington, Delaware,but Inwood will
always have a place in my heart.
Fort Tryon Park.

John O'Toole October 12, 2011 at 12:08 am

Hi Larry we went to OLQM together i lived at 4580 Broadway

Mara Lunnon December 11, 2011 at 9:13 pm

Cole,

You really are living an interesting life. I like how you have chronicled your city, and I’m looking forward to reading your book (my husband bought it for my birthday).

Regards,

Mara

Peter Hirsch January 13, 2012 at 10:35 pm

Cole,

Today I went to the exhibit at the Museum of the City of New York and thought that you might be interested in a few items that were in it if you haven’t made it down there already.

There is a reproduction of a British Headquarters map from ca. 1782 that labels what is now Inwood Hill as “Lox’s Hill” and the area north of the creek as “Heights of Spikendevil”, neither terms have I ever encountered before. There was also a photo by William L Calver “Panorama of Inwood Valley” taken July 19, 1914 that was worth seeing. There was one whole area captioned “On Rugged Ground : Above 155th Street” that had a few local shots, including one of the 215th Street staircase (actually, now that I think of it, this may have been in another area about how the grid was sometimes followed or not). There was also the shot of W. 204th street facing toward the hill that shows where I live (110 Seaman) way back when there was one little wooden house and the milk house (I think that’s what it was called) that I have seen a few times before on your myinwood site and elsewhere.

My best,
Peter Hirsch

Cole Thompson January 13, 2012 at 10:37 pm

I’ve been meaning to check that exhibit out. Thanks for reminding me. Cole

hundertmorgen March 8, 2012 at 12:53 pm

Great blog! I live in WaHi and therefore I am often in Inwood, too. I love to see how particular areas were looking in the past. I added you in my “Blogroll” on my page :)

SK Trynosky Sr. March 31, 2012 at 12:57 pm

Great site. was researching the Heights for friend and spotted your piece on the Amusement park at Ft. George. That of course led me to Inwood where I lived from ’73 to ’77. Born, raised in the Heights, attended Incarnation, went to Manhattan Prep and College with a bunch of friends from Inwood. Worked there ’72-’84 with New York City’s neighborhood preservation program (it worked!) came back a few years later and until last year was a Real Estate manager and Rehab project manager in the area.

An aside to hundertmorgen, please, please, please don’t call it WaHi, it is an affront to those of us who lived there and broke our butts to save it. It’s sort of like saying “Nam” to Vietnam vets if you weren’t there. Also, there ain’t no such place as “Hudson Heights”.

Loren Callan June 6, 2012 at 5:49 pm

Cole, have you thought about organizing a reunion for those of us who attended PS 98 and 52 in the 1950′s and 60′s? Some press in the NY Times would be the way to publicize it. It’s just remarkable how nostaligic people are for Inwood.

N July 5, 2012 at 11:58 am

What a fantastic set of photos. My family has lived on Vermilyea for 40 years; I’m surprised I didn’t spy one of us crossing the street. I love this neighborhood and always talk it up to colleagues in my temporary grad school home. Now I can just refer them to the site.

Bonnie Heath DuVal August 4, 2012 at 3:10 pm

Hi Cole,
I just found John K. Heath and wife Olive and three sons, George, John and Keneth Heath on the 1940′s census. They lived on Dyckman Street in Inwood and John K. Heath was a salesman in the automotive business. Does anyone know of this family?

Richard Dykeman August 16, 2012 at 2:54 pm

Thanks for putting together the Dyckman House slideshow -neat to see historic house preserved.

Speaking of which, I am 10th generation from Jan Dyckman living in Victoria BC. My dad grew up in NewBrunswick on the family farm – given to one of my great grandfathers who (I understand) was branded a loyalist after marrying a daughter of a British captain.

One of these days I hope to visit your neighborhood.

Richard Dykeman

Pat Wood February 7, 2013 at 9:56 pm

Thank you, Cole, for taking the time and interest in posting this great site. As I’m reading all the postings I realize that most of the responses have come from many “spring chickens” and newcomers to Inwood. However, when I read Margaret Kenny’s posting from 2011 I found someone who truly understood what the “neighborhood” was really like. I, too, remember the movie theaters and the Ice Cream Parlor next to one of the theaters. And, yes, we did see newsreels, cartoons and two full features for 25 cents at the Children’s Matinees on Saturday afternoons. To Margaret: I lived on W. 218th Street. I was 4 years behind you in Good Shepherd and at SHM. Although I have lived in upstate NY for the past 44 years, I am, and will always be, a City Girl and “Inwooder” (if I may coin the word). I haven’t been there in almost 7 years but no matter how they try to “bring it back”, it will never be what it was when we were growing up. I lived across from Bakersfield and I remember when the Mansion was there before the new facility was built, the cobble-stoned streets, trolley tracks on Broadway, handball against our apartment building, “ragman” shouting, the Commissary on Seaman Avenue, Mike’s Grocery store, and the Candy Store on the corner of 218th and Broadway, Connors Funeral Home and the French Bakery next to Good Shepherd Church and McSherry’s across the street. Back when it was safe for kids to play outside. Mom lived in Inwood for over 60 years and was a diehard New Yorker – born, raised & worked till she was 83, in her beloved “City”. Thank you all for these great memories.

Mike Boland August 11, 2013 at 12:42 pm

Cole this is really an amazing site. Having grown up in Inwood it’s actually a little bit humbling how little I knew about its history as I grew up.I lived on Cooper street from 1966 till 1973 and went to school at Good Shepherd and high school at Bishop Dubois. My formative years were spent in Inwood and it is always in my mind as a place ofgreat memories. I’m only now really able to fully appreciate the history of Inwood and the more I find out the more I’m intrigued. Your site is a gem. I still live in Wash. Hts. Keep up the great work Cole.

Talbot January 26, 2014 at 6:47 pm

Hi Cole, Than you! Great stuff! What an immense amount of info you have put together on this shootout.
I’m a writer and a filmmaker and I’ve been doing some research from around the 1930′s and ran across this and found it very interesting. I’m originally from the Bronx now living in North Hollywood working on my 3rd screenplay.
My best to you.
Talbot

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