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Nagle Cemetery 212th Street, 1925.

The Old Nagle Cemetery | My Inwood

By Cole Thompson In mid-17th century Jan Nagle and Jan Dyckman traveled to the New World and settled in northern Manhattan. For more than two centuries the families farmed the land, raised cattle, planted orchards, built bridges and homes…

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…

Inwood’s Forgotten Slave Cemetery | My Inwood

By Cole Thompson In March of 1903 workmen in the Inwood section of northern Manhattan made a startling discovery. On a hilltop, near the present intersection of 212th Street and Tenth Avenue, were discovered row after row of skeletons…

1916: Illustrated Inwood | My Inwood

By Cole Thompson In 1916 popular newspaper illustrator Herb Roth visited the Inwood region.  While there he sketched the Dyckman farmhouse and other familiar landmarks. Below are the sketches from Roth’s visit as well as the accompanying text. The…

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The Indian Caves of Inwood Hill Park | My Inwood

By Cole Thompson On the northern tip of Manhattan, a twenty-minute walk from the subway, is an historical site so rare and unexpected that it warrants a detour on any tourist’s itinerary. The majestic “Indian caves” of Inwood Hill…

Fort George Amusement Park in 1909

Fort George Amusement Park | My Inwood

By Cole Thompson In 1895, on the same spot where George Washington and his band of Revolutionaries defended a British assault after the Battle of Brooklyn, a glorious and magnificent amusement park rivaling Coney Island opened near the northeastern…

Inwood NYC in 1881 | My Inwood

By Cole Thompson “With the usual brilliant consistency of nomenclature of places, the plot is called Inwood, probably because it is neither in nor near any wood of any sort and never could have been, and when the name…

Memorial in Inwood Hill Park.

An Inwood Memorial Day Tribute | My Inwood

By Cole Thompson This Memorial Day weekend as we bbq and prepare for summer it is important to take a moment to honor the men and women of the United States military who, for centuries, have defended our nation…