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Inwood’s First Selfie: The Work of Vermilyea Avenue Photographer William Davis Hassler

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Selfie: “A photograph that one has taken of oneself, typically one taken with a smartphone or webcam and uploaded to a social media website.”  -Oxford English Dictionary In 2013 the Oxford English Dictionary officially recognized the word “selfie”, but as early as 1913 Inwood photographer William Davis Hassler was perfecting the technique. Hassler, a skilled […]

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The Indian Caves of Inwood Hill Park

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On the northern tip of Manhattan, a twenty-minute walk from the subway,  is an historical site so rare and unexpected that it warrants a detour on any tourist’s itinerary. The majestic “Indian caves” of Inwood Hill Park were once used as a seasonal camp by the Lenape people who lived in the region before the […]

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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 Real Estate

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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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Seal on the Spuyten Duyvil

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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 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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