6.8 out of 10

Inwood

Ranked 22nd best neighborhood in Manhattan
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3/5 rating details
  • Neighborly Spirit 4/5
  • Safe & Sound 5/5
  • Clean & Green 4/5
  • Pest Free 4/5
  • Peace & Quiet 3/5
  • Eating Out 5/5
  • Nightlife 4/5
  • Parks & Recreation 5/5
  • Shopping Options 3/5
  • Gym & Fitness 4/5
  • Internet Access 5/5
  • Lack of Traffic 3/5
  • Parking 1/5
  • Cost of Living 3/5
  • Public Transport 4/5
  • Medical Facilities 5/5
May 25, 2017

"Cute and mostly clean, but noisy and impossible to park"

Overall, it's a cute neighborhood - to me, it still feels like the city because there are a lot of eateries and restaurants that charge way too much for everything. The fact that the neighborhood is lined by two large parks is wonderful. Most of the streets are clean, and if you don't live near main strips (i.e. where the bars are on Broadway or Dyckman), it's probably quiet (I do live near both Broadway and Dyckman, and hear drunk singers and cars with loud music until late in the a.m. nearly every night when the temperature is above 60 degrees). There are a handful of grocery stores, and they're all expensive (downtown Brooklyn and even grocery stores in FiDi are cheaper). If you head just over the Manhattan/Bronx border, there's a large shopping mall which is a big plus.

It's a convenient neighborhood if you use public transportation: the A train will get you almost anywhere and you'll always have a seat. I commute all the way to Fulton Center (last A-train stop before Brooklyn) and it takes 40 minutes (if all is kosher with the MTA). VERY inconvenient if you own a vehicle: paying to park in a garage is as expensive as places in Midtown, and 9 out of 10 cars you see driving around are looking for parking (just like you). Many times, if I am trying to park in the evening after 7pm, it may take an hour of circling around to find a parking spot. DO NOT park only 15 feet away from hydrants, without a meter receipt for even one minute, or during street cleaning hours after the street has been cleaned - you WILL be ticketed and if the violation is for a hydrant, you WILL be towed. I have parked 15+ feet from a hydrant twice in the last 5 months - and my vehicle was towed, both times.

Overall, I think I would enjoy living in this neighborhood more if I lived east of Broadway, and did not own a vehicle.
Pros
  • Clean outside of Dyckman Street
  • Restaurants, bars, bakeries
  • affordable rents
  • The Cloisters and the park
Cons
  • When the sun comes out, the noise comes with it
  • Parking is near impossible
  • NYPD Traffic officers will ticket and tow, guaranteed
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Singles
  • Families with kids
  • Trendy & Stylish
5/5 rating details
  • Neighborly Spirit 5/5
  • Safe & Sound 5/5
  • Clean & Green 5/5
  • Pest Free 5/5
  • Peace & Quiet 5/5
  • Eating Out 4/5
  • Nightlife 4/5
  • Parks & Recreation 5/5
  • Shopping Options 4/5
  • Gym & Fitness 1/5
  • Lack of Traffic 5/5
  • Parking 5/5
  • Cost of Living 5/5
  • Public Transport 4/5
  • Medical Facilities 5/5
  • Schools 1/5
  • Childcare 3/5
Jul 27, 2015

"Mayberry in Manhattan, if you know where to look"

There are many "Inwoods" so do your research carefully. There is the majority of the area which lies east of Broadway, very affordable and convenient but has significant noise and litter issues. There is the southern part of western Inwood, from Dyckman to 207th, between the park and Broadway, and this can be a nice area at times though it too has noise, litter and traffic problems whenever the raucous nightclub scene on Dyckman gets busy (read: You Was in La Marina All Summer). The northwestern part of Inwood (north of 207th, west of Broadway) is much more expensive than the rest, for obvious reasons (lush parkscapes, almost no litter, traffic, graffiti or noise - except for Columbia's stadium and the baseball fields in the park). Then there is the part below Dyckman that thinks it is in Inwood, though some sources dispute this (it's a long story). It's a mix of the other three, with parts that are clean and not clean, quiet and not quiet, etc. So check the blocks you are interested in carefully.

That said, if you can figure out all the parameters you may find Mayberry in Manhattan, with terrific neighbors, tons of kids, plenty to do nearby, and all super-convenient by either car or subway or train to wherever else you need to go.
Pros
  • Isham Park is toddler heaven
  • affordable rents
  • quiet
  • close to Columbia
  • Inwood Hill park is a boon to the neighborhood
Cons
  • Noise, litter and petty crime in some parts
  • dead at night
Recommended for
  • Singles
  • Families with kids
  • Hipsters
  • Students
NyadeD
NyadeD Find parking is a nightmare on weekends since summer starts, people in the neighborhood suffer duet o all the bars, specially "La Marina"
2yrs+
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4/5 rating details
  • Neighborly Spirit 3/5
  • Safe & Sound 3/5
  • Clean & Green 4/5
  • Peace & Quiet 4/5
  • Eating Out 2/5
  • Nightlife 1/5
  • Parks & Recreation 4/5
  • Shopping Options 2/5
  • Parking 1/5
  • Cost of Living 4/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 3/5
2yrs+

"Upstate Manhattan"

I've been living in Inwood for over 4 years and I'm very happy I found this quiet gem in Manhattan. Understand that there are 2 distinct sides of Inwood with Broadway dividing peaceful living with a not so nice side east of Broadway.
I work in midtown and commute everyday. It takes me exactly 45 mins on the A train door to door. Not bad. The #1 train is another option. Target is an easy walk up into the Bronx across the Harlem River.There is the Farmer's Market every Saturday on Isham St. Inwood Hill Park is absolutely beautiful and for the most part safe.
Rent is decent for being in Manhattan and the apartments are much larger than downtown.
Broadway between 207th Street and 218th Street has recently sprung up with some great, trendy eating spots, coffee houses and wine bars.
The west side of Broadway is great for young families, professionals and singles.
Pros
  • affordable rents
  • The Cloisters and the park
  • quiet
  • Inwood Hill park is a boon to the neighborhood
Cons
  • The grocery stores could be better
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Singles
  • Families with kids
  • Hipsters
  • Country Lovers
NyadeD
NyadeD Except for people who live close to "La Marina"
2yrs+
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3/5 rating details
  • Neighborly Spirit 3/5
  • Safe & Sound 2/5
  • Clean & Green 3/5
  • Pest Free 3/5
  • Peace & Quiet 3/5
  • Eating Out 5/5
  • Nightlife 3/5
  • Parks & Recreation 5/5
  • Shopping Options 1/5
  • Gym & Fitness 3/5
  • Internet Access 5/5
  • Lack of Traffic 1/5
  • Parking 3/5
  • Cost of Living 4/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 3/5
  • Public Transport 4/5
  • Medical Facilities 3/5
  • Schools 3/5
  • Childcare 3/5
2yrs+

"Inwood - Value-Priced Living in Northern Manhattan"

Inwood is a community at the northern tip of Manhattan with so many plusses going for it that it is easy to overlook the negatives...or at least consider living there until things get better. And things in Inwood are getting better; it’s slowly shedding its identity as a tough, drug-ridden war zone and being seen more as the perfect place to live for singles and families who want more space for less money.

The Hudson River (to the west) and the Harlem River (to the north and east) are three of Inwood’s borderlines. The southern boundary is Dyckman Street (the equivalent of West 200th Street). Like many neighborhoods that go river to river, the vibe of Inwood’s streets changes drastically whether you are east or west of Broadway.

To the west of Broadway, you’ll find stately pre-war apartment buildings where the units have not been broken up into smaller spaces. Many have sunken living rooms and river views, as well as original architectural details such as wainscoting and ceiling molding. Residents are primarily white collar workers who own, rather than rent their units.

East of Broadway, life is much tougher and gang violence is a problem, along with drug trafficking. There are more apartments for rent than for sale east of Broadway, making this a good choice for urban pioneers and people who feel comfortable in less than luxury areas.

You can still snag major bargains in Inwood, compared with other parts of Manhattan. One-bedrooms with square footage up to 750 feet are available for less than $90,000, a far cry from the million-dollar plus units on the Upper West Side, just a few miles to the South.

Inwood residents can get to midtown in about 30 minutes via the A express train on the IND line. Unfortunately, ongoing track work at night and on weekends often throws the A out of commission, leaving travelers no alternative but to take slow, crowded shuttle buses. The #1 IRT line also serves the area, but it is a long hike from the station to most of Inwood’s residential buildings...and it’s a hike through some of the area’s seediest sections.
Pros
  • affordable rents
  • The Cloisters and the park
Cons
  • The grocery stores could be better
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Singles
  • Families with kids
  • Retirees
  • Gay & Lesbian
  • Hipsters
  • Students
3/5 rating details
  • Neighborly Spirit 4/5
  • Safe & Sound 4/5
  • Clean & Green 4/5
  • Pest Free 3/5
  • Peace & Quiet 3/5
  • Eating Out 4/5
  • Nightlife 3/5
  • Parks & Recreation 4/5
  • Shopping Options 3/5
  • Gym & Fitness 3/5
  • Internet Access 4/5
  • Lack of Traffic 3/5
  • Parking 3/5
  • Cost of Living 4/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 3/5
  • Public Transport 3/5
  • Medical Facilities 4/5
  • Schools 4/5
  • Childcare 4/5
2yrs+

"Inwood: Up Past Harlem.. Lovely Place Out of the Way"

I went to the Cloisters once in Inwood and that was a wonderful experience. It's funny for a New Yorker to take a train, and venture into upper Manhattan and find that the world doesn't end at Harlem but continues on. I have rarely taken the train up that way although I assumed the land continued on. The Cloisters is an old Monastery which has been preserved and actually is quite an oasis to visit. You should visit if you can. Friends who live in Inwood love it for the convenience in terms of apartment size. Apartments are bigger and affordable but you do have to take the train everyday (if you commute south) through Harlem. Not my favorite scenery.

Transportation is easy and convenient though, nevermind fast, and you are near one of the best universities in the world (Columbia University) so that can't be all bad. In terms of shopping and nightlife, Inwood offers great shopping but if you are looking for nightlife or anything more Manhattan like it's best to come downtown. Inwood has its benefits but nothing rivals lower Manhattan.

For places to eat, my friends like the Caribbean Hut and the Inwood Buffet. Look hard enough though and you can find culinary treats for all in this quaint part of Manhattan that offers great buys.
Pros
  • affordable rents
  • The Cloisters and the park
  • quiet
Cons
  • far from downtown
Recommended for
  • Singles
  • Retirees
  • Students
3/5 rating details
  • Neighborly Spirit 4/5
  • Safe & Sound 3/5
  • Clean & Green 3/5
  • Pest Free 3/5
  • Peace & Quiet 4/5
  • Eating Out 3/5
  • Nightlife 2/5
  • Parks & Recreation 4/5
  • Shopping Options 3/5
  • Gym & Fitness 3/5
  • Internet Access 3/5
  • Lack of Traffic 3/5
  • Parking 3/5
  • Cost of Living 4/5
  • Public Transport 3/5
  • Medical Facilities 3/5
  • Schools 3/5
  • Childcare 3/5
2yrs+

"It's As If You Left Manhattan"

If you are taking the train north and get out at Inwood you might think you've left the city. Located north of just about everything, Inwood is a great residential community but is far from everything.

There is a joke among New Yorkers that the higher up in Manhattan you go the worse it gets. Well Inwood is so far north that it is perfectly safe and the rents are great. At the same time, its a bit of a ride from Midtown and definitely from Downtown or other boroughs. The shopping and food options do not quite stack up to the rest of the city but the area is a quaint hidden gem that many residents overlook.

Tourists may not have much to do but it is an interesting look at a part of Manhattan that few locals, much less tourists, venture up to. Unlike the rest of the city, it is very quiet at night, there are a few very nice parks, and the streets are seldom ever crowded. At the same time, this means less traffic, less crowds, and more money in your pocket after you have paid the rent.

Overall, this is a great neighborhood to find a great deal on an apartment in the city but it is so far from everything you might be better off finding a place in Brooklyn or Queens.
Pros
  • affordable rents
  • The Cloisters and the park
  • quiet
Cons
  • boring
  • dead at night
  • far from trendy NYC neighborhoods
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Singles
  • Families with kids
  • Students
3/5 rating details
  • Neighborly Spirit 3/5
  • Safe & Sound 3/5
  • Clean & Green 4/5
  • Pest Free 2/5
  • Peace & Quiet 2/5
  • Eating Out 2/5
  • Nightlife 2/5
  • Parks & Recreation 5/5
  • Shopping Options 3/5
  • Internet Access 4/5
  • Lack of Traffic 2/5
  • Parking 3/5
  • Cost of Living 4/5
  • Public Transport 4/5
2yrs+

"Affordable, larger apartments in Inwood"

Inwood is one of the northernmost neighborhoods of Manhattan, which means that most Manhattanites don't even think of it as part of the island. It "feels" like you're living in one of the outer boroughs if you live up there. I lived just three blocks south of Inwood for a while, and it was still like having a commute from midtown. On the plus side? It costs less to take a taxi home late at night than to Brooklyn, Queens, or the Bronx.

Inwood isn't bad, especially if you want a larger apartment that you can actually afford or if you have a family and need more space. There are more large apartments up there than in midtown where space is at such a premium. The shopping is also a bit cheaper (lots of discount stores), and Inwood Hill Park is pretty nice. In fact it's wooded enough that you'll occasionally see raccoons and possums.

The area has become a bit safer, in my experience, over the years, so I wouldn't hesitate to live there. It's definitely preferable to some of the areas south of Inwood in Washington Heights. Inwood is quite hilly, and if you have to walk up and down hills, you could get stuck during a snow. The subways in this neighborhood have elevators to get to the platform. One of them went out while I lived in the area, and it took 20 minutes to walk down the steps.

If you're a tourist, head up to this neighborhood to see the Cloisters, especially if you've become overloaded by the hustle and bustle of midtown. It's very peaceful.
Pros
  • affordable rents
  • The Cloisters and the park
Cons
  • boring
  • far from downtown
  • far from trendy NYC neighborhoods
  • The grocery stores could be better
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Singles
  • Families with kids
  • Retirees
4/5 rating details
  • Neighborly Spirit 4/5
  • Safe & Sound 3/5
  • Clean & Green 5/5
  • Pest Free 3/5
  • Peace & Quiet 5/5
  • Eating Out 3/5
  • Nightlife 1/5
  • Parks & Recreation 5/5
  • Shopping Options 4/5
  • Gym & Fitness 3/5
  • Internet Access 5/5
  • Lack of Traffic 4/5
  • Parking 4/5
  • Cost of Living 5/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 4/5
  • Public Transport 3/5
  • Medical Facilities 3/5
  • Schools 4/5
  • Childcare 4/5
2yrs+

"Miles Away From Ordinary"

Looking for a deal? Try Inwood.

If you're looking to rent or buy, Inwood apartments are without a doubt the most bang for your buck on the Island of Manhattan.

Why? Location, location, location...and Inwood is far away from everything.

But, really, it's not THAT far. For the money you'll save on rent, you can swing an extra 20 minutes on the subway. The apartments are decently sized and when you're home, you're HOME, away from the rest of the city.

Leafy Inwood is also one of the best places to raise a family. Tons of parks and historic sites, there's plenty of (free) weekend activity that's great for kids.

This maybe isn't the right neighborhood for young people that want to be downtown every night. But if you want to live like a civilized human being, with space and trees and light and natural beauty...consider Inwood. It has more than just the Cloisters (which are incredible), but room for you to carve out a home for yourself. And isn't that what you want for a neighborhood?

If it's your first visit to Manhattan, I don't suggest going straight to Inwood. But if you've made frequent visits and are looking for something new to see, Inwood presents a completely different feel from the rest of Manhattan and is worth the experience.
Pros
  • affordable rents
  • The Cloisters and the park
  • quiet
Cons
  • far from trendy NYC neighborhoods
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Families with kids
  • Retirees
5/5 rating details
  • Neighborly Spirit 4/5
  • Safe & Sound 3/5
  • Clean & Green 5/5
  • Peace & Quiet 5/5
  • Eating Out 3/5
  • Nightlife 2/5
  • Parks & Recreation 5/5
  • Shopping Options 2/5
  • Gym & Fitness 4/5
  • Internet Access 4/5
  • Lack of Traffic 3/5
  • Cost of Living 5/5
  • Public Transport 4/5
  • Medical Facilities 3/5
2yrs+

"Wonderful bargain"

The only reason most people go to Inwood is to visit the Cloisters. This is a mistake. Inwood is moving from a sleepy low-income neighborhood to a vibrant one full of young people.

Though Inwood is really far from many of the main centers of Manhattan, it’s easy to get to and from by train. Either the 1 or the A train will get you almost anywhere you want to go. And on weekdays, the A runs express for a huge portion of upper Manhattan, bypassing a lot of little stops and bringing you right to where you need to be. Really, a trip on the A from the Cloisters to Times Square only takes about 15 minutes. And the 181st Transit Center is close by, which can get you out of the city in a flash.

With the influx of younger residents drawn uptown by the cheap rents, the neighborhood is changing but still has some of its character. You can get a $1.15 café con leche and a $5 latte from Starbucks on the same block. The amazing hills that used to characterize Manhattan can still be seen on the streets and the parks of the area. It’s a gorgeous section of Manhattan and well worth a look.

Though it’s not as cheap as it used to be, Inwood is still a great bargain for a lovely neighborhood.
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Singles
  • Families with kids
  • Retirees
3/5
2yrs+

"It's far, far away - but peaceful"

I like this neighborhood - I mean, s'alright - even if I have no real reason to ever go here. There are pretty views of the Hudson, and some little parks - Fort Tyron Park and Inwood Hill Park - which are relatively cool. Fort Tyron Park is the location of the infamous Cloisters, where a bunch of Medieval art pieces are exhibited.

Like some other people mentioned, being in this neighborhood is sort of like leaving the city - and so if you've come to experience the gritty, fast paced version of the city you may not find it so much in Inwood. However, I can understand why such a neighborhood would be appealing to so many people, especially those who need a bit of a break from the chaos of the city. Inwood is very far (in Manhattan distance) from the rest of the city, and I could never live here as such a long train ride would discourage me from every going anywhere else in NYC.
Pros
  • affordable rents
  • The Cloisters and the park
  • Inwood Hill park is a boon to the neighborhood
Cons
  • far from trendy NYC neighborhoods
  • boring
  • dead at night
Recommended for
  • Families with kids
  • Retirees
  • Students
3/5 rating details
  • Neighborly Spirit 3/5
  • Safe & Sound 3/5
  • Clean & Green 3/5
  • Pest Free 3/5
  • Peace & Quiet 4/5
  • Eating Out 2/5
  • Nightlife 2/5
  • Parks & Recreation 5/5
  • Shopping Options 3/5
  • Gym & Fitness 3/5
  • Internet Access 3/5
  • Lack of Traffic 3/5
  • Parking 3/5
  • Cost of Living 3/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 3/5
  • Public Transport 3/5
  • Medical Facilities 4/5
  • Schools 4/5
  • Childcare 3/5
2yrs+

"Park-y and quiet"

Inwood is the neighborhood most far north on the island of Manhattan, and it is really pretty far from the rest of Manhattan in terms of culture and neighborhood feel. Unlike lower Manhattan, which has a rich and layered history that goes back hundreds of years, Inwood was basically rural farmland right until the 1930's or so, when a lot of speculative developments suddenly sprang up. As a result, the area features a lot of impressive Art Deco buildings. There are a number of parks in the area, including Inwood Hill Park, Fort Tyron Park, and Isham Park. One of the most notable institutions in the area is the Cloisters, a special offshoot of the Metropolitan Museum, which houses a collection of Medieval art and is located within Fort Tyron Park. The population of Inwood is now predominantly Dominican, though it once had large enclaves of Irish and Jewish settlers. The Dyckman Houses are lower-income public residential developments. The area has become a somewhat desirable place for real estate lately to people who are otherwise priced out of Manhattan, though I wouldn't say gentrification is a major force here. It is green and serene, but by the standards of the rest of Manhattan, it resembles a sleepy little town.
Pros
  • The Cloisters and the park
  • affordable rents
Cons
  • boring
  • dead at night
  • far from downtown
Recommended for
  • Families with kids
3/5 rating details
  • Neighborly Spirit 3/5
  • Safe & Sound 3/5
  • Clean & Green 5/5
  • Pest Free 3/5
  • Peace & Quiet 5/5
  • Eating Out 2/5
  • Nightlife 1/5
  • Parks & Recreation 5/5
  • Shopping Options 1/5
  • Gym & Fitness 4/5
  • Lack of Traffic 4/5
  • Cost of Living 5/5
2yrs+

"Doesn't feel like Manhattan at all"

Inwood is the northern most art of Manhattan island proper. And, boy, is it far. It's largely Latin in demographic (I think maybe it's even it bit too far for the Columbia kids), it's a little run down, and it's not super convenient. It's also not the safest place in the world, I think largely due to the fact that it's in no man's land so it doesn't get enough traffic.
But, the place is a nice respite from the city without actually leaving the city. It has a lot of green and the streets are quiet. Most of the buildings are pre-war so the architecture is nothing to scoff at. It's really not gentrified at all so there's pretty much nothing to do there. But, that can be nice too.
The most notable thing about Inwood, in my opinion, is the Cloisters. It's a part of the Met and it's incredible. It's one of my favorite things in New York city; and, I always think that if I were willing to live this far, then I could come here every day. I guess, I'll have to settle for once in a while, though.
Inwood Hill Park is also worth noting: it has forests and cliffs and a nature center. It's just about as close as you can get to nature without leaving the city.
It takes a really long time to get to Inwood -- so much so that most people don't really consider it part of the city -- but, if you've got time and just want to unwind, it's really peaceful to visit . . .maybe too much of a pain / too boring to live.
Pros
  • affordable rents
  • quiet
  • close to Columbia
Cons
  • boring
  • dead at night
  • far from downtown
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Families with kids
  • Retirees
  • Students
2/5
2yrs+

"In Manhattan, but not of Manhattan"

Far up north at the very tip of Manhattan, Inwood can seem worlds away from the hustle and bustle of downtown. More reminiscent of fifties-era Queens, with its leafy streets and quiet suburbia, Inwood hardly feels like Manhattan at all. Home to a largely Dominican population, Inwood is notable for its Art Deco buildings and many parks, such as Fort Tryon and Inwood Hill.

But all is not ideal there, either. Unlike the dreamy suburbia Inwood sometimes seems to aspire to be, violent crime and gang violence can be a problem, although not to the degree one associates with, say, the South Bronx. Still, with a bit of common sense, it can be a charming, if not ideal, neighborhood to live in.

Another thing to take into account is how far away Inwood is from the rest of Manhattan: despite being "on" Manhattan Island, it probably feels much further away from the action than the vast part of Brooklyn or Queens. So if you're drawn to Inwood purely as an affordable way to stay in Manhattan, rather than on its own merits, it might be worth thinking again.
3/5 rating details
  • Neighborly Spirit 4/5
  • Safe & Sound 3/5
  • Clean & Green 5/5
  • Pest Free 2/5
  • Peace & Quiet 3/5
  • Eating Out 3/5
  • Nightlife 2/5
  • Parks & Recreation 5/5
  • Shopping Options 2/5
  • Gym & Fitness 4/5
  • Internet Access 3/5
  • Lack of Traffic 4/5
  • Parking 3/5
  • Cost of Living 4/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 3/5
  • Public Transport 2/5
  • Medical Facilities 4/5
  • Schools 3/5
  • Childcare 3/5
2yrs+

"A verdant heaven located at the edge of Manhattan"

Inwood which is located on the northern most tip of Manhattan is the last stop on the A train which stops at 207th street and Dyckman. Inwood which is bordered by the Hudson and Harlem Rivers is known for its many parks and green spaces like the verdant Inwood Hill Park which spreads over several acres and offers opportunities for walking, hiking, biking and pick nicking.
Inwood for decades has been the abode of Latin American immigrants but now it’s many affordable art-deco co-op buildings and individual single family homes are being occupied by those New Yorkers who don't wish to leave the city but have been priced out of Manhattan’s more expensive neighborhoods.
Inwood which has a distinct small community feel is well served by a large CTown super market which is located on Broadway between 204 and 207 streets and the newly opened Antillana Food Plaza which is located on 216 Street and Broadway. The neighborhood also has few good public schools like P.S. 152 Dyckman Valley School located on Nagle Avenue and the Amistad Dual Language school which offer dual language instruction to cater to the needs of the local community.
Inwood’s restaurant and dining scene is similarly dominated by several excellent Latin American restaurants like 809, Cachapas y Mas, El Rancho Jubilee, Indian Road Café and Mamajuana Cafe though the neighborhood also possesses some raucous Irish bars like Keenans and Piper’s Kilt.
Pros
  • Good dual instruction public schools
  • Inwood Hill park is a boon to the neighborhood
  • affordable rents
  • close to Columbia
  • quiet
  • The Cloisters and the park
Cons
  • The grocery stores could be better
  • boring
  • dead at night
  • far from downtown
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Singles
  • Families with kids
  • Retirees
  • Gay & Lesbian
4/5 rating details
  • Neighborly Spirit 4/5
  • Safe & Sound 4/5
  • Clean & Green 5/5
  • Pest Free 3/5
  • Peace & Quiet 5/5
  • Eating Out 2/5
  • Nightlife 2/5
  • Parks & Recreation 5/5
  • Shopping Options 2/5
  • Gym & Fitness 4/5
  • Internet Access 5/5
  • Lack of Traffic 5/5
  • Cost of Living 5/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 5/5
  • Public Transport 5/5
  • Medical Facilities 4/5
  • Schools 3/5
  • Childcare 3/5
2yrs+

"Quiet in Manhattan"

On a Saturday night in Inwood, I was once told that I would have to go into Manhattan if I wanted to purchase liquor. That sort of sums up how cloistered the neighborhood is. It really is quieter than the rest of the island, capped by the wonderful parks on three sides (Fort Tryon and Inwood Hill Park). It's certainly not the most happening place in New York, but the people are friendly and the commute, if you're on the A train, is quick. Grandpa's pizza is the thinnest slice I've ever had, and delicious. Good parking, easy access to Fairway if you have a car.
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Families with kids
2/5
2yrs+

"A night looking at the stars"

Inwood is located at the northern tip of Manhattan and is bordered by the Hudson River and Harlem River. It is a close knit neighborhood that is home to one of the few places in New York City where you can sit and stargaze on a clear night. Inwood is a great location to take a walk, ride a bike, have a picnic, or just sit and read quietly. The neighborhood is also referred to as Sherman Creek and is known for the beautiful meadows, fields, and sports courts (particularly tennis and basketball), making Inwood a nice place to raise a family.

Nearby restaurants include Genesis (a tiny Ecuadorian place that service tasty meals and rock-bottom prices) and 809 Sangria Bar and Grill on Dyckman Street serving upscale Latin dishes. Bleu Evolution is an eccentric and elegant bar and restaurant combo, that serves drink and hearty plates to the local crowd (worth a visit, but try to blend as a local).

Shopping is varied, from wines to hardware to Russian groceries, Inwood has it all. If you want to be pampered, check out Sava Spa on Pinehurst Avenue. The down-to-earth charm and rigorous attention is sometimes just what we need to unwind. This spa attracts locals to celebrities from way uptown to relax at this intimate and cozy little spa.
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Families with kids
  • Retirees
1/5
2yrs+

"You might as well move to the burbs, or Staten Island"

If Manhattan is the world (like they seem to suggest on several episodes of Sex and the City), then the neighborhood of Inwood is at the top of it, at least geographically speaking. This is a residential area, and some of the streets here resemble those in Queens or the Bronx more than their fellow Manhattan streets. There is a definite separation from the rest of Manhattan in Inwood. This neighborhood displays the same sort of hilly terrain you start to see in Washington Heights, and you certainly feel like you’re not in Kansas (I mean Manhattan) anymore. Sometimes this neighborhood is actually identified as being part of the Bronx, and walking around, it’s not difficult to see why. If you’re a tourist, don’t bother. If you’re a future resident of the city, don’t even consider it unless you’re looking for public housing as far away from the bustle as possible.

Best Streets in Inwood

1

West 212 St

4/5
"212st Inwood manhattan"
40.8680575042123 -73.917574493691
2

Park Ter West

3.5/5
"Great neighborhood!"
40.8708242496145 -73.9180572493233
3

Seaman Ave

3.5/5
"Very pleasant residential street"
40.8688785641741 -73.9229012422254
4

West 213 St

2.5/5
"This was how I felt when I got married and move to Riverdale in 1969."
40.8685680022905 -73.9168664965125
5

West 220 St

1/5
"For An Appointment Only"
40.8719735022844 -73.9119534965094

Unranked Streets in Inwood

Academy St

2.5/5
"No place to eat!"
40.8642380318034 -73.9236630178918

Cooper St

2.5/5
"On Cooper Street"
40.8681128836276 -73.9227963839412

Indian Rd

2/5
"On Indian Road"
40.8724495704956 -73.9191971307311

Isham St

1/5
"This is Isham Street"
40.8676953375396 -73.9194837163473

Nagle Ave

1/5
"This is Nagle Avenue"
40.8623846880683 -73.9225652276056

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