Inwood Neighborhood Review - New York Moving Guide
In this Inwood neighborhood review, we'll look into public transportation, restaurants, average apartment rent and sale prices.
Located at the northernmost tip of Manhattan, Inwood is a low-key neighborhood bounded on three sides by the Harlem and Hudson Rivers.
Inwood is just north of Fort George/Hudson Heights and south of Spuyten Duyvil and Marble Hill.
Because of the neighborhood's zoning restrictions limiting building heights to seven stories, this Upper Manhattan enclave has been able to maintain a rather calm landscape.
Many residents describe Inwood as a friendly, community-oriented neighborhood where people watch out for each other.
It has more of suburban feel compared to the rest of Manhattan.
Though once plagued by crime and violence, Inwood has seen a huge drop in crime since the 1990's.
It is very culturally diverse. Nearly half of Inwood's residents are foreign born.
Specifically, Inwood is home to the city's largest Dominican population.
Fun Fact: 196-acre Inwood Hill Park, home of NYC's last natural salt marsh and natural forest, grants a very peaceful vibe to the area.
Average Rental and Sale Prices
Inwood is often referred to as the last affordable neighborhood in Manhattan, so there is no better time than now to snatch a place while you can!
Although Inwood does not host the luxury apartments that can be found in Gramercy or Chelsea, it does have many spacious co-ops and low-rise walk-up tenements for a good value in an area with good schools.
Here are the average rent prices in the Inwood neighborhood:
|Studio||1 bedroom||2 bedroom||3 bedroom|
I know what you're thinking....
"But the commute...it's going to be super inconvenient!"
I've got news for you my friend, it's really not!
You will most likely (depending on MTA) make it to your Midtown 9-5 faster than if you lived in Queens or Brooklyn.
Approximate time from Inwood to Midtown is 30 minutes.
Inwood is a very convenient neighborhood to live in if you use public transportation.
The A train from the 207 St. station will get you just about anywhere in the city in a matter of minutes.
Car owners, on the other hand, often encounter trouble when trying to find parking and parking garages will burn a hole in your wallet in no time.
Subway lines in neighborhood
IND Eighth Avenue Line
IRT Broadway–Seventh Avenue Line
|Bx7||Inwood - 207 St|
|Bx12||Inwood - 207 St|
|Q114||Sheridan Bl/Carvel Pl|
Bike and Bike Safety
Although there are no Citi Bike options this far north in Manhattan, there are plenty of great bike paths.
The Manhattan Waterfront Greenway is a scenic 31-mile bike path that stretches around the island of Manhattan.
The path will take you through parks, under bridges and along rivers.
Hudson River Greenway is on the west side of the path and remains the most heavily used bikeway in the United States.
Here's a little insider scoop on where to eat if you find yourself in the Inwood neighborhood.
Locals definitely have their favorites and these are some of them:
Beans and Vines - The staff at this cozy American eatery is exceptional. Organic selections. Excellent wine and coffee selection. Within walking distance to the Dyckman stops - both A and 1 train.
Garden Cafe - Cozy, romantic environment. Has a lot of character. Excellent service. Good wine list. Outside garden patio area. Many suggest the Chicken, Apple, and Candied Walnut Salad.
Guadalupe - Hopping Mexican cuisine spot. Specialize in flame-grilled churrasco steak. Live music. All day happy hour on Mondays. Fun atmosphere. Affordable. Yummy flavored mojitos.
And for my personal fave:
La Marina- Casual American cafe with an island vibe. Open air dining with 75k feet of scenic Hudson waterfront views. Full service restaurant and amazing cocktails.
For a quick dessert, no better place will hit that sweet spot other than VS Berry. They have over 100 froyo toppings to add to your creation and/or coffees and smoothies.
Best part? Options! They have the most over-the-top spot or, if it's been a long day, they deliver!
Attractions and Nightlife
It is a branch of the Metropolitan Museum of Art and is devoted to Medieval art and culture.
If you're looking for the most natural place in Manhattan, that can be found at Inwood Hill Park.
Birdwatchers and tree lovers can be found wandering through the park throughout the year.
If you're a beer lover, every St. Patrick's Day, Liffy II- Inwood's oldest Irish bar that has been around since Inwood was predominantly populated by Irish and German residents, hosts a free corned beef and trimmings buffet.
Another chill neighborhood hangout is the Inwood Local. Here you can enjoy upscale pub fare and a diverse craft beer selection in their back beer garden while taking in live music.
Public and Charter Schools
With a plethora of public schools to choose from, overcrowding is definitely not an issue for schools in Inwood.
Inwood is located in district 6.
The Inwood Academy for Leadership public charter school is known to tailor their curriculum to all students grade 5-12. Class in 2018 was the first graduating class of the school.
Here is a list of the public schools serving the area:
|Muscota||Public - K-5 - 270 students||Highly sought-after, progressive, rich arts program, rated above average|
|Washington Heights Academy||Public - PK-6 - 473 students||Dedicated teachers, variety of extracurricular activities, strong sense of community|
|Ps 5 Ellen Lurie||Public - PK-5- 692 students||Dual language program, very disciplined, sense of safety among students and teachers|
|Ps 18 Park Terrace||Public - K-8 - 404 students||Dual language program, healthy lunch menu, happy students, caring and responsive staff|
|Ps 98 Shorac Kappock||Public - PK-5 - 627 students||Nurturing academic environment, accomodating administration, good reviews|
|Amistad Dual Language School||Public - K-8 - 430 students||strong bond among students, diverse student body, highly regarded academic and art programs|
|Paula Hedbavny School||Public - K-8 - 536 students||High education standards, strong after-school program, active PTA|
|Jhs 52 Inwood||Public - 6-8 - 484 students||Strong performing arts program, problematic leadership, many extra-cirricular activities|
|High School for Excellence and Innovation||Public - 9-12 - 197 students||Forward-thinking, small and supportive environment, enthusiastic teachers|
How Safe is Inwood Neighborhood?
City Council Approves Inwood Rezoning
Posted 11/10/18 - Almost 60 blocks of the Inwood neighborhood will be affected by a rezoning plan recently passed by the City Council. Commercial developments and residential towers, including a recent proposal for a 30-story mixed-use building that would have 600 low and middle income apartments. The rezoning plan is a just a smaller part of the Inwood NYC Action Plan which aims to invest $200 million into transforming the neighborhood and opening up access to the Harlem River.