Inwood still flies under the radar, despite all that recommends it. The vibe is familiar to anyone who lived on the West Side in the seventies—in fact, you might think of this neighborhood as the Upper Upper Upper West Side, a place where your neighbor may very well be a Broadway cellist or working operatic tenor. The community is famously tight: Locals recently raised money for well-loved local businesses uprooted by a fire that wiped out a large building on Broadway—and the neighborhoody services are all in place. In fact, says Barak Realty’s Francisco Menendez, “in terms of economic potential, Inwood has more commercial spaces than Washington Heights, for example.” A new flea market, dubbed Inwood Flea and founded by the owners of the vegan-takeout service Chickpea & Olive, recently finished its second successful weekend.
Check out our poignant story by the incomparable Gloria Pazmiño on the aftermath of the 207th Street fire: The Fire was Ugly, this is Beautiful