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Seal on the Spuyten Duyvil

In the Spring of 2015 a lone seal frolicked in the waters of the Spuyten Duyvil. While the Inwood sighting was rare, seals have appeared in northern Manhattan before. In 2009 a harbor seal spent several weeks on the very same Columbia University dock before moving on. Privately, I’ve nicknamed this little critter “Pop” in […]

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Inwood Real Estate

My name is Cole Thompson and I hope you enjoy my website. Delving into Inwood’s history has been a labor of love. If you are a neighborhood resident you likely know me from the local history talks I co-host in the Indian Road Café on the first Tuesday of every month. As a licensed real […]

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Things to do in Inwood

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Inwood, the northernmost neighborhood in Manhattan, has so much to offer—especially as the weather warms up. Two subway lines (1 and A) service Inwood, so getting there couldn’t be easier. Come and explore the neighborhood everyone is talking about. You’ll be glad you did. Below is a short list of things to do: 1)  Take […]

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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

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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

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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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