Inwood is more than a bustling residential and commerical area

7 Blocks

October 28, 2011 2:02:36 PM PDT
Last stop on the A line in Upper Manhattan is Inwood.

While Inwood is a bustling residential and commercial area, you don't have to go far to discover the past.

Past means going as far back as the middle ages. Five blocks south of the station is Fort Tryon Park and that is where you will find the Cloisters Museum and Gardens. This branch of the Metropolitan Museum of Art is devoted to medieval art and culture.

Visitors say they are particularly fond of the Bonnofont Garden, it is a medieval herb garden. You can see and view the Hudson and George Washington Bridge and beautiful gardens and the park surrounding it.

Just two blocks from the subway stop is Inwood Hill Park, the last natural forest still standing on Manhattan Island. Here you will find the caves used by the Lenape Tribe before Europeans arrived, and a rock. Not just any rock, but a rock said to mark the spot where Lenape's sold the island to the Dutch for 60 guilders and some trinkets. Many doubt that is how it went down.

Two blocks past a row of stores and restaurants is another reminder of our past, The Dyckman House Museum. It is the last reaming Dutch colonial-era farmhouse in Manhattan.

You can see what the neighborhood looked like before they plowed Broadway.

There is even basketball history there out of the complex of 7, 14 story residential buildings called the Dyckman Houses, Kareem Abdul Jabbar grew up. The development also contains one of the most famous street ball courts in the city.

Medieval art, New York history and amazing views of nature can all be found within in 7 blocks of the 207th St. stop in Inwood.