Now & Then

Buried beneath layers of time and development lies another Inwood…an Inwood inhabited by Indians, Dutchmen, Hessians, captains of industry and hardscrabble Irish immigrants. If every picture tells a story, then this is the story of…


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Nick Kourabas November 21, 2013 at 12:01 pm

Our big “claim to fame” is that our family owned INWOOD LANES on Academy Street, right off Broadway. We lived in Park Terrace and I used to walk to the lanes all the time to work, to bowl or to hang out. I loved Park Terrace…an amazing haven right in Manhattan! When I started working downtown, while in college, I would tell people where I lived and they would say, “Oh, you mean upstate?” And I would say no, I’m in New York City! Manhattan! People in NYC are so provincial..back in my day, (I’m 63), people did not venture out of their own neighborhoods at all.

So much fun there…Isham Park, Inwood Park, playing in the street until way past dark on summer nights. Those of us who grew up then really had a great, special time in NYC. Do other folks remember Inwood Lanes?

Mac Iver December 2, 2013 at 2:13 pm

Born and raised on Seaman Ave (97) to be exact. Went to Good Shepherd hung out at the park and absolutely loved every minute of it. Used to hunt for arrowheads in the caves, bought black and white cookies a the Alpine Bakery every Sunday, and hung out at Madelline’s Candy Store (corner of Cooper St and 207th) Wouldn’t trade those days for anything!

Jack Stone December 12, 2013 at 12:06 pm

Cole, do you know what became of the block house and stack of cannon balls that were next to George Washington HS? When I was back in ’84 it was gone, replaced by buildings erected right up to the school. I certainly hope that it was moved and not destroyed. I believe it was part of the original Ft. Washington.

Jack Stone

Ellen Doody February 6, 2014 at 8:22 pm

I grew up at 89 Seaman Avenue. Later we moved next door to 95. I went to Mother Cabrini for 1st grade then transferred to Good Shepherd. Inwood holds a very special place in my heart. My parents were married at Good Shepherd in 1947. All my relatives lived on Seaman Avenue or close by. My grandmother and cousins lived in the same building. They were Bob, Joan and Maureen Reilly. My other cousins the Minogues lived on Vermilyea Avenue. Happiest memories – my dad would put his high-fi out the window at Christmas time and play Christmas music. He also sprayed snow in the form of a cross on the front of the building – it was there for years….. I went to Peggy Henry’s Irish step dancing school for 25 cents. My grandmother would send me to Carl’s the butcher on 207th Street. There was a candy store on the corner of 207th and Cooper Street where we would buy penny candy and chocolate eggcreams! We moved to NJ in 1960.

ed clarke February 20, 2014 at 12:13 pm

My father Ed Clarke lived at 1 Post ave and my mom Theresa Hahn lived at 174 Nagle they got married and moved to 170 Nagle ave.
My father was a bartender at Barone’s with Lou Nardi the owner…the restaurant had the best baked ziti. My mother worked in Carter’s on Dyckman for years. I remember Abe’s newsstand at the corner of Nagle/Dyckman; Regina’s, John’s bargain store Loew’s and Alpine move theaters and of course Dave’s candy store right around the corner from Joe the shoemaker. Schilliman’s ice cream had the best burgers and shakes. Joan and Carol’s candy/card store……….Carol just died in 2013.

My sister Barbara, me (Ed) and my brother Gary all went to OLQM….I went to Power Memorial and my brother went to sister went to Sacred Heart of Mary up on 215th st. My brother Gary moved to Vegas where he was murdered by his roommate; and my father passed away back in 2000.

Our best friends were the McGirr’s who also lived at 170 Nagle ave….it was a great place to live and I miss all the memories and folks from the 60′s and 70′s.

I married now in live in Midland Park, NJ and my Barbara Morrison and my mom now live in Riverdale.

carol hudo fichter February 21, 2014 at 12:41 am

I lived at 3856 10th Avenue
lived there from 1943 to 1963 when I married
I remember the candy store by the train station the guy who owned it was a man named Harry
And then there was the grocery store owned by a man named Jean I believe. Of course the Butcher and beauty palor.I went to St Jude Grammer school and was married there in 1963
My parents bought a condo (Nagle houses) in 1964.So many good memories of Inwood
Does anyone know if there is a Facebook page for people who lived in. INWOOD.

John Oxios February 27, 2014 at 9:38 pm

Looking up my ole days in Inwood, Manhattan. Living on L.I. People will argue w/ me that Inwood is in Queens? Near Lawrence! Born @ St. Elizabeths and lived @ 645 Academy st. Went to Good Shepherd School til the end of 4th gradeMom was Peggy Kelley/ oxios/ buys who never left the neighborhood and lived on Elwood st. til her death. Was always wondering what order of Nuns were @ the Good Shepherd School 1963 to 65?

Jerry Schiller April 9, 2014 at 5:28 pm


I enjoyed your story. And yes, Schilliman’s had great ice cream too!

I remember Joan & Carol’s store. They were cousins.I knew both of them I am sorry to hear that Carol passed away! Carol was such a pretty girl!

Let me know more if you can!

Jerry Schiller…. formerly of Post Ave.

roxanne April 13, 2014 at 1:21 pm

My stepdad, Richard “Richie” Triebeneck was born in 1937. He lived at 230 Seaman Avenue and hung around with the Longhorns. He went to Good Shepherd School (one of the *good boys* LOL) and then George Washington High School. Some of the names he had mentioned were Brian “Suggie” Edwards, Cornelius “Neely” Connors, Paul Bopko (born on March 17). He moved to Emerson, NJ in 1962. He was also friends with Billy McMahon (and his wife Betty), Roy (Coleman) Baumann, who sadly passed away a few years ago, Howard (Howie) Reilly, who is now living in Florida, Sheila Callahan, who married Roy, Thomas “Tommy” Hickey, who was known for his bubble gum chewing (I met him at the candy store one day and he impressed all of us by putting an entire pack of Bazooka in his mouth and chewed it!), he also passed away, that was in the late ’80s or early 90′s. and I cannot remember the others. My stepdad passed away in December of 2013. We were going through some albums and came across pictures of the group sitting on the wall.
I remember him talking about watching the Columbia games and the rowing team, and the Native American pow wows that used to be held every summer and how beautiful the outfits were….also about him stealing from the coin laundry, but then again…not that good boy!!
If anyone knows any of the above named people, please let me know.

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