Delving into Inwood Park's Past

Meet at Seaman Avenue & Isham Street entrance to park: http://goo.gl/maps/rxPt0 - Take the A-Train to the last stop: 207th St.

This event is organized and lead by (their write-up):

Sidney Horenstein, geologist and Educator Emeritus, American Museum of Natural History, who will lead a geology, history and natural history walk through Inwood Park.

Stroll through the park with Sid and discover its historical features, still visible today, as well as its outstanding rock exposures and trees.

This program is generously supported by the Greenacre Foundation and the Fort Tryon Park Trust.

NY Parks Event Page: http://bit.ly/15YxvWU

I've been thru Inwood many times, and I know some of it's history and nature, but this may be a good chance to get a tour, history and education about the park, from an actual expert on the subject.

Afterwards we can continue to explore the park, do a little hiking and then head up to Indian Road Café [600 West 218th Street] for dinner & drinks.

IRC is co-owned by the former producer of The Sopranos, and.. well.. this is probably the LAST business on Manhattan, since any further north and you'll be in the Harlem River.


Inwood Hill trail map from 1970
right-click & open image in new window/tab for larger view


 

Optional: A walk to discover Swindler Cove.

http://www.nyrp.org/Parks_and_Gardens/Parks/Swindler_Cove_Sherman_Creek_Park/Park_Overview

 

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  • Steve H

    If you would like a document detailing everything .. and more .. that Sidney talked about, please follow this link: http://bit.ly/1dE0Xnp

    The 1st chapter is: "Inwood Hill and Isham Parks: Geology, Geography and History - by Sidney Horenstein"

    It goes very deep into detail and all things Inwood!

    1 · September 23, 2013

  • Li W.

    Great walk--it's intellectually stimulating. I took lots of pictures, especially trees and tree trunks. I also met many new and friendly people. I'd like to explore more of the park. Let's hope we can do it again!

    September 23, 2013

  • Dennis A.

    There were too many people there for the walk. My friend came also as he heard about it from another group. Some members of the group were constantly talking so that it was very hard to hear the speaker. I was annoyed.

    September 23, 2013

  • Leslie G.

    Grea-a-a-a-te photos...thanks everyone!!
    Would love to do more hiking on the upper and west side paths/rocks of Inwood, and Hudson River viewing another time.
    Thanks all for a wonderful full-day experience!

    2 · September 22, 2013

  • Charles

    It's fun to see everyone's photos. Thanks for uploading and sharing your photos! Steve, It was fun to do a little bit of climbing with you!

    September 22, 2013

  • Steve H

    Thank You for everyone who came out for this event! And WOW for Sydney for giving his time to park services. His knowledge of.. Everything Inwood.. Was awesome! We have a great group, and it's thanks to folks like you who help us enjoy our ongoing Exploration of our big back yard :-D

    5 · September 22, 2013

  • Cheryl

    Thank you! Fun day.

    2 · September 22, 2013

  • Charles

    Thank you Tess and Steve! Fun walk and a nice group!

    2 · September 21, 2013

  • Allan S.

    Great experience...a gem in the city

    2 · September 21, 2013

  • Ann

    sorry to miss it - got the msg that waitlist was open too late to notice it; have to work anyway... next time...

    September 21, 2013

  • Allan S.

    It has started to rain heavily by me. I am in queens. any updates whether this meetup is still going on or cancelled? thanks for info

    September 21, 2013

    • Cheryl

      Heavy clouds in Astoria....on the way. Hoping it takes place. Otherwise.....Dominican lunch :-)

      1 · September 21, 2013

    • Steve H

      I'll be there. You won't melt. The park page is still On.

      September 21, 2013

  • Cheryl

    Delays on the A due to construction. Might be better to take the 1 if you can. (I am)

    September 21, 2013

  • Steve H

    Please check your wait-list status. Several dropouts enabled some waitlisters to advance to GOING status. If you cannot attend, update your RSVP to bump up more wait-listers.

    If you're taking the subway, allow extra time to travel. Here's the morning MTA update: Due to track maintenance at 125 St, A C and D trains are running with delays in both directions. Downtown trains run local from 125 St to 59 St.

    September 21, 2013

  • JB

    From UES, is anyone planning on trying the BxM1 direct to meet-up spot?

    September 20, 2013

  • Jenny

    Sorry, I am unable to attend.

    September 20, 2013

  • Robert L.

    There is a "Greenmarket" that operates on Isham Street by the entrance to the park (farm fresh fruits and veggies as well as baked goods). Also, by the tennis courts there is a public restroom.

    September 20, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Hey sorry have to leave town last minute!

    September 20, 2013

    • Steve H

      LoL.. Sounds suspect ;-)
      Thanks for updating your RSVP!

      September 20, 2013

  • Leslie G.

    Swindler Cove sounds great...is there time for Indian Road Cafe??

    September 19, 2013

    • Steve H

      The Cove closes its gates @ 6pm. The cafe is open till 11pm. The whole Cove side-trip will take about an hour, including walking there. It's small, but a very nice spot to check out, when you see what it looks like now, compared to then. They have a small info stand with some 'before' pictures.

      September 19, 2013

  • Steve H

    Wear appropriate footwear. Hiking Boots and sturdy sneakers are best. Do NOT wear open-toe shoes or flip-flops. While *most* of the paths are either paved or gravel, some are not. There are some steeper walkways, but generally this is an Easy-Moderate walk in the park. If time allows, and enough folks are interested, we can walk over to Swindler Cove, on the Harlem east side. It's a 1.2 mile walk from lower Inwood. Swindler Cove is the result of a massive cleanup and restoration project. Here's some info:
    http://www.nyrp.org/Parks_and_Gardens/Parks/Swindler_Cove_Sherman_Creek_Park/Park_Overview

    September 19, 2013

  • Elaine K.

    How long is the hike in miles?

    1 · September 19, 2013

    • Steve H

      No clue. I've never taken one of the official park history tours.

      September 19, 2013

  • Steve H

    Whoops.. guess this helps: My cell# is 2O1*233~5782

    September 19, 2013

  • Li W.

    Having moved to New York six years ago, I'm happy and eager to explore more places that I haven't been to. Looking forward to join the group.

    September 19, 2013

  • Paulette

    STEVE and TESS:

    PLEASE POST AT LEAST ONE OF YOUR CELL NUMBERS HERE, AS THE DESCRIPTION TELLS US YOU WILL, JUST IN CASE WE CAN'T LOCATE THE GROUP WHEN WE ARRIVE. (The trip is less than 2 days away!)

    Thanks a lot.

    1 · September 19, 2013

  • Cheryl

    Cancellation, anyone? :-)

    September 19, 2013

  • JohnO

    Not a 1,000% sure I can make it (due to dental appointment), I'm giving up my spot to someone who can definitely be there.

    1 · September 18, 2013

    • Steve H

      Thank you, John.

      September 18, 2013

    • Helena

      Thank you too!

      September 18, 2013

  • Helena

    Yea! I am off the waitlist! Excited about the hike & my first meet up!!

    September 18, 2013

  • Allan S.

    Looking forward to this meetup. A lot of history there can't wait to learn about.

    1 · September 18, 2013

  • Steve H

    Folks.. I'd love to remove the wait list, but.. I don't want to overwhelm the Parks folk. Please respect your RSVP. If you can't make it, please update asap so the list will adjust.

    If you can't make the 'Official Tour' , I'll take notes and we'll try to replicate it the following event when we do Inwood + Medieval.

    Have Fun!

    1 · September 17, 2013

  • andrea

    sounds amazing. hope the wait list opens up.

    September 15, 2013

  • Li W.

    Hi, am looking forward to this walking trek, except that I'm on the waiting list!

    September 10, 2013

  • Steve H

    Folks, if you can't make this outing, come join us the following week for another Inwood hike + a medieval festival! Or come to both events! No RSVP limits next week
    :-D

    1 · July 31, 2013

  • annE

    i cant believe i have to be on LI that date - i've been dying to go to this park - hopefully there will be another event in the fall

    July 16, 2013

    • Steve H

      So, annE.. You asked? I delivered! (Well, sort of).
      See the Aug 8th after-work posting for an earlier Inwood tour :-)

      July 18, 2013

    • annE

      TX :) not 100% sure i can make it the 8th but i did sign up for it and hope it will work out - i forgot to take myself off the 21st so someone on the wait list will get my spot now

      July 18, 2013

  • Steve H

    I just found there will be an earlier August 8th (Thursday evening) tour, also. I have posted it as an event, but -I- cannot be available to act as 5Boro Organizer. So there may not be an official group organizer. But if you just want a tour and history of the park, consider that outing.

    On THIS 9/21 outing, we'll enjoy the tour & history event, and then continue, 5BE style, afterward with more adventures! ;-)

    July 18, 2013

  • SC S.

    I can't believe that this event is already full!!

    July 17, 2013

    • Steve H

      I posted it at 11:30pm. It was full, less than 12 hours later! Awesome :-D

      July 18, 2013

  • Steve H

    Whoops.. forgot to turn the waiting list on.
    Fixed.

    July 16, 2013

  • Steve H

    Though the history/tour is led by another organization, I will be there also, to host 5Boro members and continue our Inwood explorations.

    July 15, 2013

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