Inwood Commerce & Culture
Anyone who says cities and nature can’t coexist has never set foot in Inwood Hill Park. Unparalleled natural beauty beside a metropolis, this 196-acre old-growth natural forest contains non-landscaped hills, caves, abundant flora and fauna, links to New York’s prehistoric roots, and even athletic fields and courts. Across Seaman Avenue is Isham Park, simultaneously encompassing the area of the former Isham family estate and a Revolutionary War battleground. It is a good deal smaller than Inwood Hill—“only” 20 acres of space—but Isham’s gorgeous landscaping provides no less of an escape from the surrounding city. Natural area also awaits across Inwood’s southern border—or in Inwood-proper depending on which local cartography expert you ask—in Fort Tryon Park, which houses the stately Met Cloisters. Aside from ample green space, Inwood’s position at the tip of Manhattan Island also gives it something most neighborhoods would love to claim—waterfront dining along the Hudson River.