Inwood Hill Park

History of Inwood’s Isham Park

Isham Park, Inwood, New York City

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.

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Inwood Hill Park: Historical Timeline

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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. The history of Inwood Hill, like that of the surrounding city, is fascinating and can be […]

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House of Mercy

House of Mercy.  Inwood, New York City. 1932

Starting in the late 1800′s various institutions serving alcoholics, drug addicts, tuberculosis patients, petty criminals, runaways and “women of ill repute” lined the ridge in what is now Inwood Hill Park. Of these bleak fortresses  of infirmity, born of era  when inebriates were often treated with hypodermic injections of nitrate of strychnine and married women […]

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Drums Along the Hudson 2010

Drums Along the Hudson 2010

On Sunday May 23, 2010 Inwood Hill Park hosted Drums Along The Hudson.  If you’ve never been, the festival is a fun for the whole family annual event that’s been going on since 2002. There’s food, entertainment, music and all kinds of photo opportunities. Below are a few photos of the festivities.

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