Join Uptown neighbors in celebrating the release of Lost Inwood by Cole Thompson and Don Rice. The authors have cohosted the monthly “Lost Inwood” history series since 2009. Thompson founded the popular local history website myinwood.net. Rice serves as president of the Dyckman Farmhouse Museum Alliance, which helps to ensure the preservation of the local national historic landmark. Longtime Inwood residents contributed many images for this newest volume in the Images of America series.
Inwood, the northernmost neighborhood of Manhattan, has a rich yet little-known history. For centuries, the region remained practically unchanged—a quaint, country village known to early Dutch settlers as Tubby Hook. The subway’s arrival in the early 1900s transformed the area, once scorned as “ten miles from a beefsteak,” from farm to city virtually overnight. The same construction boom sparked an age of neighborhood self-discovery, when vestiges of the past—in the form of mastodon bones, arrowheads, colonial pottery, Revolutionary War cannonballs, and forgotten cemeteries—emerged from the earth. Waves of German, Irish, and Dominican immigrants subsequently produced a vibrant urban oasis with a big-city/small-town feel. Inwood has also been home to wealthy country estates, pre-integration sports arenas, and a lively waterfront culture. Famous residents have included NBA legend Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Basketball Diaries author Jim Carroll, and Hamilton creator/star Lin-Manuel Miranda.
The event admission is free; a $5 suggested donation goes toward supporting Word Up's in-store programming. A Q&A will follow the book presentation. Books will be available for sale at the event, or may be purchased here.