History Waits For No One.

1928, Construction on 207th Street train yardBuried beneath layers of time and development lies another Inwood…an Inwood inhabited by Indians, Dutchmen, Hessians, captains of industry and hardscrabble Irish immigrants. Welcome to MyInwood.net.  A site dedicated to Inwood’s historic secrets and treasures. Pull up a chair and read for a spell.  I hope you enjoy this magical history tour.

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Advertisements for Park Terrace Gardens, Inwood's "loveliest garden community," that appeared in the New York Times and the New York Tribune from 1939-1941.
1916 Bromley map. West 215th step street highlighted.

A busy thoroughfare in place of Inwood's 215th Street steps. It nearly happened.

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Original caption: 6/2/1917-"Somewhere in New York City," just a few blocks from the upper boundary, to be exact, the Inwood Community Garden Association is cultivating a stretch of ground, composed of 60 lots, each 20 by 40 feet, in persuance of President Wilson's recent call to the people to raise their own food. This photo shows Japanese people working on one of the plots. The man is Dr. Minosuke Yamaguchi and the rest are Mrs. H. Muroyama and her family. --- Image by © Bettmann/CORBIS

The history of Japanese immigrants who settled the Inwood region in the years surrounding World War I.



A scale model of the Arc de Triomphe in upper Manhattan? The Seaman-Drake arch has been an Inwood landmark since the 1850's.

Dining & Drinking

Indian Road Cafe

With new restaurants moving into the neighborhood on a regular basis, the Inwood dining scene gets better every day. Whether you are starting your day off with a fresh cup of coffee from the Indian Road Cafe or ending your night with a brick oven pizza from Grandpa's, Inwood has something for every taste and budget.


Inwood Hill Park Concession stand on the corner of Isham and Seaman in 1977.

Across from Good Shepherd in Inwood Hill Park there was a octagon stand that sold hot dogs, candy and soda.The man’s name was Joe, so they called him. But his real name was Pete.


1908 marked the fiftieth anniversary of Inwood's Public School 52. An historic poem celebrated the occasion.

Inwood People

Lionel Mapleson with Edison Home Phonograph and extra large horn, probably at the Metropolitan Opera House, circa 1901-1903, Source NYPL.

In 1937 Lionel Mapleson, the longtime librarian for the Metropolitan Opera, suffered a fatal heart attack inside his apartment in the Inwood section of Manhattan. History would remember him as the father of music piracy—an operatic bootlegger of the first order.