Nestled in the Northwest tip of Manhattan, Inwood is a neighborhood on the rise in both popularity and real estate prices. Just north of Hudson Heights, Inwood spans from Dyckman Street (200th Street) to 220th Street, where Spuyten Duyvil Creek laps at the edge of Manhattan Island. Inwood's value-driven real estate prices have long appealed to young families and artists in need of affordable places to call home. However, the area has enjoyed enduring appeal for years because of its abundant art deco architecture, verdant parkland, and quiets rows of red brick houses surrounding Columbia University’s Football stadium at Baker Field.
Perhaps most importantly, this unique neighborhood is just 20 Minutes from Midtown Manhattan or a quick trip north to the Bronx Zoo and Riverdale, via public transportation. Residents have the “A” and “1” trains as well the East Side Express Bus. The “A” train has long been dubbed “The Broadway Express,” after the hosts of theater professionals who call the area home.
Now the Upper Manhattan scene is dotted with hip restaurants, cafes and bars, the 207 Art Gallery, and the incredible La Marina, once called Tubby Hook Café and Bar, which is a sprawling hot spot where you can spend a lazy afternoon digging your toes in the sand or relaxing at the bar under a white canopy – all overlooking panoramic views of the Hudson River. Performers of all sorts are flocking to the area, which especially appeals to a network of musicians who have recently released their own CD, “Upstate Manhattan,” produced by 207 Records. The buzz is out: “Northern Manhattan is the Next Williamsburg!”
The mainstay of Upper Manhattan, however, has long been and will continue to flourish as its incredibly warm and nurturing community of families. With the outdoors beckoning in Inwood Hill Park, with it's 196 acres of rolling trees, jogging paths, panoply of wild life and the last remnant of primeval forest in Manhattan, families enjoy outdoor birthday parties, playgrounds, tennis and little league there. Many also visit the Urban Park Rangers at the Nature Center, or the nearby Inwood Peace Yoga Studio. Nearby attractions include the 18th Century Dyckman Farmhouse Museum built before the Revolutionary War by Manhattan’s early Dutch settlers. History abounds throughout this neighborhood and the nearby Hudson Heights, which is home to The Cloisters in Fort Tryon Park and The Little Red Lighthouse under The George Washington Bridge.
With the scheduled rezoning of Dyckman Street and new construction Condominiums dotting the landscape, this secret enclave is definitely one to watch!