A Band of Gypsies

Gypsy

Today northern Manhattan is home to thousands of gypsy cabs, but step back a century in time and you would find a sleepy little farming community inhabited by, among others, real life European gypsies. As early as 1887, according to a New York Times article, Mr. J. Hood Wright allowed a full blown Romany encampment […]

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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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Inwood Remembers: Fay’s Lobster Restaurant: 207th Street and Broadway

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Chef’s Suggestions: Fresh broiled lobster: $1.50 Crab cocktail: 50¢ Porterhouse steak for two: $5.00 Sloe Gin Fizz: 45 ¢ With new restaurants opening up with increasing frequency, what fun it is to glance back at the Inwood food scene of yesteryear. Thanks to a MyInwood.net reader named Beth we can take a stroll down memory […]

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Tulip Tree of Old Inwood

The Tulip Tree of old Inwood, New York.

Before Inwood Hill Park, before there even was an Inwood, a mighty Tulip grew in the forest. In a new city lacking a sense of anything from antiquity, New Yorkers latched onto a tree. The giant tulip of Inwood became a popular destination for picnickers, school children and hikers looking to escape the other world […]

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Inwood in Aviation History

Pilot Glenn Curtiss

On December 17, 1903 Orville Wright took to the skies above the sand dunes of Kitty Hawk, North Carolina. Orville and his brother Wilbur conducted their experimental flight tests in total secrecy.  While obsessed with flight, the Brothers Wright were more concerned with securing their patents. The Wright brothers had true cause for concern.  Fast […]

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A Buried City: The Blizzard of 1888

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In March of 1888 New York City was slammed by one of the most devastating blizzards in recorded history.   From March 11th to 15ththe city was buried underneath a fifty-inch blanket of snow. The Great White Hurricane, as it came to be known, disabled transportation and telegraph communication from the Chesapeake Bay to Montreal.  Huge, […]

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Inwood’s 215th Street Incinerator Smokestacks

Inwood Department of Sanitation on 215th Street

“When the Mayor of New York dedicated the new incinerator at 215th Street and Ninth Avenue a little while ago, he said plainly that he didn’t like it. Perhaps he was justified in his opinion of it as a piece of sanitary engineering, but when he went on to say that it looked ungainly and […]

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Park Terrace Gardens Rises from the Ruins of the Old Seaman Mansion

Seaman mansion, Inwood, New York City

In early November of 1938 newspapers around the globe trained their headlines on a stunning victory on the Pimlico Race Course in Baltimore, Maryland. The heroic story of Seabiscuit, a small, knobby-kneed horse who preferred sleeping to racing, over War Admiral, the four to one favorite, captured everyone’s imagination. The underdog had slain Goliath and […]

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