Upper Manhattan: Inwood & Historic Dyckman Farmhouse  
Join Tour Leader Justin Ferate and discover the rich palimpsest of history in the Upper Manhattan neighborhood of Inwood. The area’s rugged glacial formations along the Hudson and Harlem Rivers encouraged numerous Native American encampments. Generations of New Yorkers reported having found arrowheads in the rocky cliffs. Here, Peter Minuit would “purchase” Manhattan for 60 guilders in what remains the only remaining natural forest in Manhattan. Here, Hessian soldiers created huts to weather the winters during the American Revolution. Here is the oldest farmhouse in Manhattan – a reminder of Manhattan’s Dutch settlement. Here, the elite families of Manhattan would build grand country estates on rugged stone cliffs. Here, handsome 20th century apartment buildings would spring up along the far-reaching subway lines.

During the course of the tour, we’ll view historic religious and public structures, the exceptional Isham and Inwood Hill Parks, the surprising Seaman-Drake Marble Arch, the remnants of once-impressive country estates, plus delightful Art Deco and Tudor Revival apartments. We will also visit Manhattan’s only surviving Dutch farmhouse, the Dyckman Farmhouse (c. 1784) and even view a Hessian hut! Tour will begin and end at the West 207th Street station on the IND A Train.

WHILE IN THE NEIGHBORHOOD: Some may want to discover the brand new Swindler Cove Park after the tour.

Bette Midler’s New York Restoration Project invested over $1 million to rescue and completely revitalize Inwood’s waterfront. Swindler Cove Park is a completely new, 5-acre park in Inwood on the site of what was once an illegal dumping ground on the Harlem River. This brand-new urban oasis now features restored wetlands, native plantings, a freshwater pond, and gracious pathways. The Park also features the New York City Arts Commission award-winning Peter Jay Sharp Boathouse – a unique floating center for public rowing instruction on the Harlem River, designed by noted architect Robert A.M. Stern.

Swindler Cove is located at Dyckman Street and Tenth Avenue, along the Harlem River. The nearest available train is the IND A Train at Dyckman Street and Broadway.
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Date: Sunday September 21, 2014
Time: 10:00 AM  to approximately 1:00 PM
Cost: $ 25 in advance || $ 28 on site (By check to Johanna Sterbin) (Tour fee includes admissions)
Meet: Northwest corner of Broadway at West 207th Street – by Bank of America
Train: IND A Train to West 207th Street.
IRT 1 Train to West 207th Street (Tenth Avenue). Walk WEST to Broadway.
Tours operate rain or shine. Please dress appropriately. For more information or to confirm meeting locations please call (212) 223-2777. Please note that tours sometimes run late. While tours are rarely cancelled you can call the number above to confirm, or join our mailing list to keep informed of cancellations due to extreme weather conditions.
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