Tulip Tree of Old Inwood | My Inwood

By Cole Thompson


Before Inwood Hill Park, before there even was an Inwood, a mighty Tulip grew in the forest. In a new city lacking a sense of anything from antiquity, New Yorkers latched onto a tree.

The giant tulip of Inwood became a popular destination for picnickers, school children and hikers looking to escape the other world downtown.

In the minds of early New Yorkers the tree stood as the only witness to their then fairly recent past. It’s easy to imagine a teacher pointing to the Spuyten Duyvil and telling her young wards that this is the spot where Henry Hudson and his crew on the Half Moon first set foot on the shores of Manhattan.

And while the tree no longer stands, the site is marked with a boulder, a magnificent body of photography and written word concerning the tulip has survived.

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Uptown Gem - Inwood Hill Park - Inwood, NYC

Boulder in Inwood Hill Park marks the site of the old tulip tree.


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