Inwood

Manhattan, New York

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Much of Manhattan is set on a grid of right-angled intersections, with major thoroughfares following different paths (Broadway and St. Nicholas Avenue are the two longest exceptions, the Bowery a shorter one). But there are neighborhoods that vary greatly from this carefully planned design—those at Manhattan’s southernmost and northernmost tips, and, to a lesser extent, the West Village. Inwood is somewhat between extremes: It’s set on a grid, but one that’s at odds with the areas south of it. And besides that, it’s very near some of the hilliest parts of Manhattan. There is a certain defiant, individualistic streak to be found in Inwood. Its personality is a mix of the rugged and refined, the artistic and the unpolished. It has an undeniable Latino flavor, a growing artsy-craftsy contingent, and a mix of other ethnicities. Native Americans played a significant role here, which is still present, if more subtle. Inwood has Fort Tryon Park and the over-the-top romanticism of The Cloisters, a re-created French castle filled with art and decorative pieces. Nature, commerce, art, religion, and much more mingle here in delightful fashion.
Walking Manhattan

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Walking Manhattan

by Ellen Levitt (Wilderness Press)

Much of Manhattan is set on a grid of right-angled intersections, with major thoroughfares following different paths (Broadway and St. Nicholas Avenue are the two longest exceptions, the Bowery a shorter one). But there are neighborhoods that vary greatly from this carefully planned design—those at Manhattan’s southernmost and northernmost tips, and, to a lesser extent, the West Village. Inwood is somewhat between extremes: It’s set on a grid, but one that’s at odds with the areas south of it. And besides that, it’s very near some of the hilliest parts of Manhattan.

There is a certain defiant, individualistic streak to be found in Inwood. Its personality is a mix of the rugged and refined, the artistic and the unpolished. It has an undeniable Latino flavor, a growing artsy-craftsy contingent, and a mix of other ethnicities. Native Americans played a significant role here, which is still present, if more subtle. Inwood has Fort Tryon Park and the over-the-top romanticism of The Cloisters, a re-created French castle filled with art and decorative pieces. Nature, commerce, art, religion, and much more mingle here in delightful fashion.

© 2015 Ellen Levitt/Wilderness Press. All Rights Reserved.

Activity Type: Walking
Nearby City: Manhattan
Distance: 2.2
Trail Type: Several options
Skill Level: Easy
Driving Directions: Directions to Inwood

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