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Inwood Snow Day 2015

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Park Terrace Gardens porter James Rigual is one of the most positive people I know. Known for whistling while he works, he often breaks into song while busily shoveling snow. Thanks Jimmy for this latest compilation of Inwood snow days. I’m sure he’s as ready for spring as the rest of us. Can’t get enough […]

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Inwood’s Dyckman Street Ferry

Dyckman Ferry

On June 17, 1915 a procession of more than fifty automobiles gathered in Inwood to mark an historic occasion—the inauguration of the new Dyckman Street ferry, which would make its maiden voyage across the Hudson River, to the popular recreation sites along the New Jersey Palisades, later that afternoon. “The procession, marshaled by Mr. Thomas […]

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91 Payson Avenue: An Art Deco Masterpiece

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In 1935 a new apartment house opened on 91 Payson Avenue in the Inwood section of Manhattan. The stunning apartment building, named “Payson House,” cost  $250,000 to erect. Today, the co-op building, across the street from Inwood Hill Park, is one of the finest examples of art deco design in northern Manhattan. Stepping into the […]

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Happy Holidays Inwood

Prohibition cartoon

Happy Holidays Inwood! And what would the season be without a few memories of yesteryear? The accompanying photos were taken on Broadway near Academy Street in December of 1925. The city was entering its fifth year of Prohibition and the Great Depression was just around the corner. Sure the times were a bit different, but […]

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Happy 150th Birthday “Inwood”

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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 for aye had been good, Stands newly christened “Inwood,” And branded with the shame Of some old rogue who passes By dint of aliases, Afraid […]

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Happy Halloween

Ghost stories and other macabre tales from Inwood, New York City.

Every Halloween ghosts and goblins haunt the streets, parks and apartment buildings of Inwood–just as they have for hundreds of years. Inwood is a spooky place where the spirit of a long dead magician might bump into the specter of a headless Hessian, where a Dutch trumpeter fights with the devil himself and cries from […]

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Evidence of Native American activity uncovered in Isham Park

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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 stop work as soon as the Capital Division was informed earlier today of possible artifacts being uncovered.  NYC Parks director of Historic Preservation John Krawchuk is closely coordinating with the […]

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Asylums on Inwood Hill

Asylums on Inwood Hill

A century ago  asylums and institutions lined the ridge of Inwood Hill.  Inside these fortress-like structures, all demolished by Robert Moses in the 1930′s, tortured, long-dead souls were kept under lock and key.  Some were criminals, some were inebriates and drug addicts, others had the mere misfortune of suffering from tuberculosis.   All were outcasts, banished […]

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