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Get to know Inwood

Much like other areas of northern Manhattan, Inwood was spread out and bucolic until mass transit arrived in the early 20th century. Some remnants remain, including the Seaman-Drake Arch. The marble structure formerly served as the entrance to a 19th-century hillside mansion and today sits between local businesses as the only free-standing arch in Manhattan outside Washington Square Park. There’s also the Dyckman House, a Dutch Colonial-style farmhouse, and the oldest remaining structure of its kind in the borough. Art Deco apartments constructed around the 1930s serve as a bit of a modern-day signature for the area, along with a Historic District consisting of two-story Tudor or Colonial Revival houses built between 1920 and 1925. The northern terminus of the island of Manhattan—technically, Marble Hill is the northernmost neighborhood—Inwood puts a fittingly distinctive cap on the borough’s enduring majesty.

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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.