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OUR DISTRICT

INWOOD COMMERCIAL DISTRICT

Inwood sits at the northern tip of Manhattan, at the confluence of the Harlem River, the Hudson River, the Spuyten Duyvil Creek, and some of Manhattan’s most beautiful parks. Inwood is home to a diverse community of residents, small businesses, and cultural and medical institutions. 

An estimated 380 storefronts and retail mix make up the main commercial corridor of Inwood. 

Popular Restaurants, Bars and Lounges make up a significant portion of the business landscape of the area, serving as a key attraction for residents and visitors alike. Inwood is characterized by its authenticity and vibrant cultural richness complemented by an engaged artistic community. 

Dyckman Street forms the southern boundary of the neighborhood, connecting a lower- density, mixed-use area along the Harlem River waterfront with a dense residential neighborhood across to the Hudson. Along Dyckman, longstanding bodegas, restaurants, clothing stores, and salons mix with newer restaurants and lounges to form one of Northern Manhattan’s most popular commercial strips. The street is also home to Dyckman Houses, the neighborhood’s only NYC Housing Authority development, alongside many quintessential prewar apartment buildings. This diverse mix of residents and storefronts extends north from Dyckman along Broadway, 10th Avenue, and the streets in between. 

A growing, culturally rich population of residents, long-standing businesses, new entrepreneurs, and active community organizations position Inwood for continued vibrancy.
Inwood has so much to offer to residents and visitors alike, and presents an opportunity to continue to grow as a sought-after commercial district.

Some of Inwood’s commercial district strengths include:

  • Abundant parks and open spaces surrounding the neighborhood 

  • Beautiful rivers and waterfronts surrounding the residential and commercial area, with large untapped potential for activity 

  • Busy, well-known commercial corridors that attract residents as well as visitors from Manhattan, the Bronx, and beyond 

  • Premier cultural attractions, including the Met Cloisters and Dyckman Farmhouse, in or immediately around the neighborhood 

  • Large number of entrepreneurs and small businesses, including a significant number of long-standing businesses 

  • Vibrant and growing artist community invested in the neighborhood and looking for opportunities to contribute and grow in place 

  • Diverse collection of neighbors actively involved in community organizations and causes

To preserve the competitive enterprise system of business in Inwood by expanding its potential.

To create a greater appreciation and understanding of the value of a local business and business owner. To foster programs and opportunities to enhance Inwood’s economic, social, and civic life.

In many ways, Inwood feels more like a town rather than a neighborhood. From its historical institutions such as the Dyckman House (the oldest farmhouse in Manhattan) and the Seaman-Drake Arch (one of only two free-standing arches in Manhattan) to Dyckman Street becoming a popular entertainment district with many restaurants and lounges.

Source: Inwood Commercial District Assessment, click here to read the full report.