Inwood Neighborhood Review: New York Moving Guide

Rachel McCray

Rachel McCray



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.

The most visited cultural attraction of the area is The Cloisters, located in Fort Tryon Park.

It is a branch of the Metropolitan Museum of Art and is devoted to Medieval art and culture.

Many residents describe the area as a friendly, community-oriented neighborhood where people watch out for each other.

It is more of suburban feel compared to the rest of Manhattan.

196-acre Inwood Hill Park, home of NYC's last natural salt marsh and natural forest, grants a very peaceful vibe to the area.

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.

What’s the bottom line?

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.

Public Transportation

I know what you're thinking....

"But the'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 26 minutes.

Here are the subway trains serving Inwood:

Subway lines in neighborhood

  • A

    IND Eighth Avenue Line

  • 1

    IRT Broadway–Seventh Avenue Line

Average Rent 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!

Here are the average rent prices in the Inwood neighborhood:

Studio1 bedroom2 bedroom3 bedroom

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.

Here is a list of the public schools serving the area:

MuscotaPublic - K-5 - 270 studentsHighly sought-after, progressive, rich arts program, rated above average
Washington Heights AcademyPublic - PK-6 - 473 studentsDedicated teachers, variety of extracurricular activities, strong sense of community
Ps 5 Ellen LuriePublic - PK-5- 692 studentsDual language program, very disciplined, sense of safety among students and teachers
Ps 18 Park TerracePublic - K-8 - 404 studentsDual language program, healthy lunch menu, happy students, caring and responsive staff
Ps 98 Shorac KappockPublic - PK-5 - 627 studentsNurturing academic environment, accomodating administration, good reviews
Amistad Dual Language SchoolPublic - K-8 - 430 studentsstrong bond among students, diverse student body, highly regarded academic and art programs
Paula Hedbavny SchoolPublic - K-8 - 536 studentsHigh education standards, strong after-school program, active PTA
Jhs 52 InwoodPublic - 6-8 - 484 studentsStrong performing arts program, problematic leadership, many extra-cirricular activities
High School for Excellence and InnovationPublic - 9-12 - 197 studentsForward-thinking, small and supportive environment, enthusiastic teachers


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.

How Safe is Inwood Neighborhood?

Crime statistics

Crime rate: 5 of 10

Approximately 15.2836 crimes (felony) per 1000 residents


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