Inwood – “On the brink of coolness”– NY Times
Inwood is bounded by the Harlem & Hudson Rivers and Dyckman Street, which separates it from Fort George and Washington Heights. With 40,000 people in 1.5 square miles, it is considered a low-density neighborhood. Manhattan’s last surviving Dutch farmhouse (1784) is situated on Broadway at West 204th St.
Inwood’s real estate prices are about a third of Manhattan’s average, which makes it good news for bargain hunters. It is also popular for those who commute to jobs outside the city by car, with the GW Bridge being a popular link to New Jersey.
Easy Transportation from Inwood to All of Manhattan
Those who take the train downtown benefit from the A train (Dyckman & W 207th St. stops) which reaches Times Square in 25 mins. The #1 train has stations at Dyckman, West 207th and West 215th St. There are also multiple bus routes traveling north-south and east-west.
Inwood offers many schools. Three options worth mentioning are: Public School 18 (9th Ave. & W 214th St.), P.S. 98 (W 212th St.), and The High School for Excellence and Innovation (Academy St.).
Inwood’s many parks (such as Isham Park, close to busy Broadway) are popular for running, concerts and picnics. New restaurants have been opening in recent years – as well as bike shops, wine shops and Starbucks. A cluster of venues on Dyckman Street is popular for nightlife.
Marble Hill – “A tiny slice of Manhattan on the mainland”– NY Times
Marble Hill is the northernmost neighborhood in Manhattan, and the only one on the mainland. It is situated between Johnson Avenue in the Bronx on the west, Exterior Street in the Bronx on the east, West 230th St. on the north and the Harlem River to the south. From the southern hillside there are vistas of the Harlem River, Inwood Park and Columbia University’s Baker Field.
NYC subway service is provided by the Marble Hill – 225th St. Station (#1 train). Additionally, commuter railroad service is available into Grand Central Terminal (midtown Manhattan) via the Marble Hill train station. Commuters of all types live here, particularly those who work in the Bronx or north of the city. There are also multiple bus routes traveling north-south and east-west.
Deep History Mixes and Charm Found in Marble Hill
Marble Hill benefits from being away from the hustle and bustle of downtown and features tree-lined, winding streets lined with Art Deco-inspired apartment buildings and detached homes (and is the only neighborhood in Manhattan with front lawns and porches!).
The neighborhood is steeped in history as it has been occupied since the Dutch colonial period. The Dyckmans and the Nagles purchased land here in 1677. The community’s walkable streets, relatively affordable rents and access to modern conveniences also attract residents to the neighborhood.
Students in the neighborhood go to public, parochial and private schools in Manhattan & the Bronx, including Horace Mann, Riverdale Country Day and Ethical Culture Fieldstone. The Marble Hill Playground attracts families and children of all ages with its interactive play set, basketball courts and grassy fields.
Marble Hill benefits from River Plaza shopping center (including Target & Marshalls), which anchors the surrounding shopping district. The area lacks a reputation for fine dining but residents know to head north to the Bronx or south to Inwood for nightlife.