Inwood Featured in 1968 Documentary: “Goodbye to Glocamorra”


The year is 1968 and the demographics of Inwood are changing.

The above documentary, “Goodbye to Glocamorra,” examines the role of the Catholic Church, namely Good Shepherd, as the neighborhood begins its transition. The film was produced by Radharc and aired on Irish television.

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  1. Having spent almost 2 years in Inwood, I left that very good, safe Irish neighborhood 0n the morning of 22 April, 1960 for basic training in Parris Island S.C. Four years later my honorable discharge from the Marine Corps did not gain me fast citizenship. I was finger-printed, photographed and investigated for 6 weeks before my application was approved. (while I lived in Fordham, Bronx). In 1974 I returned to Inwood and lived in Seaman Ave until the late ’90s. By then the neighboorhood had changed and was no longer a safe place in which to live, so I moved upstate. For the rest of my life I’ll always have ford memories of the Inwood I knew when I first arrived there with a permanent visa in 1958. – a very nice, safe Irish neighborhood.

  2. Sorry to say but this documentary illustrates how racism permeated the neighborhood in 1968. Fear of outsiders, the loss of “our neighborhood”, insensitivity to people who don’t look like, sound like, worship like the Irish. Making it worse (or not) is the role the church plays in this – quietly documenting the ugly side of Irish Catholic Inwood and its fear and hatred of newcomers to the neighborhood. The scene when the Fordham Univ grad says a black person would be beaten if he walked into an irish bar in Inwood (and should go to Harlem for a drink), in 1968 no less, is just sad to hear. I’m glad things have changed-the Irish dominance ended and now this is a reasonable neighborhood; marked by a degree of interracial harmony that didn’t exist then. I don’t mourn for the past if that’s what it looked like one bit. It boggles the mind to know talk like that was acceptable and points to an ugly side of our fine neighborhood.


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