[EPISODE] Inwood, Manhattan’s Northern Tip
Join us for a journey to Inwood, at the northern tip of the island of Manhattan.
Jeff introduces his first guest, regular David Griffin. David talks about the geography of Inwood and how the Dutch influenced this in the earliest days of the area. He then talks about Inwood during the revolutionary war. David says that the tip of Inwood was the last area in Manhattan to be developed from farmland into a town-like area. He then talks about the unique architecture of Inwood and how that has preserved today.
David discusses his recent work, which includes a number of articles and a book proposal. He then goes into some of the more significant buildings located in Inwood, including the Dyckman Farmhouse. This is now a house museum, the first of its kind in NYC. He then goes into the Rockefellers’ influence within the area. Inwood Hill Park is another noteworthy landmark in Inwood, which Jeff says has a much different feel than the traditional parks throughout the city. The Dyckman Oval was a sports stadium in Inwood and hosted many events including games of the Negro League. In the 20th century, the population had a significant Irish presence. Today it is predominantly Dominican, with nearly 74% being Spanish.
Jeff introduces his second guest Tom Bosco, Inwood resident and co-owner of the Indian Road Cafe. Tom talks about deciding to move to the city after college and his career in advertising and marketing. He then talks about his transition into digital media and video advertising. Tom then moved into hospitality after following his passions outside of the media. He’s lived in Inwood for seven years and just bought the restaurant two months ago. He talks about the move and how he immediately fell in love with the area. Tom also started a Chili Bowl in Inwood that has attracted some of the best chili-makers in the city.
Tom talks about how much he loves the community of Inwood. He loves the feeling of knowing his neighbors and shop owners. Tom says that the natural beauty of Inwood is what really attracts him to the area. He says that the area has changed significantly since he’s moved there, much of which has come from gentrification and rezoning. This transition has caused some difficulties in the community. Tom reiterates the small-town feel of Inwood.