In addition to being the only natural (non-green) park on Manhattan Island, Inwood Hill Park trees have not been cut down since the late 1700s, when US forces built Fort Cox.
Popular folklore says that Peter Minut made his legendary purchase from the inhabitants of Lenape, who lived here in 1624 on the island of Manhattan. lnwood Hill officially became a New York City park in 1916, saving more than just native trees.
The Trail Network explores this historic park, as well as the nature adventure. The caves, which were once inhabited by the natives of Lenape, are a great way to overcome the summer heat. At dawn or dusk, the salt marsh is ideal for bird watching – rappers, fountains and migratory species can be easily seen in this urban sanctuary. There is also a nature center with interactive exhibits and a recently built Algonkin-style shelter.
Watching a colorless bald eagle branching off three or four minutes before spreading its wingspan is a great way to spend a summer afternoon in New York City. It was one of my favorite campaigns.
There hasn’t been a good season for berries, but I eat more wild foods for every salad: lamb quarters, Asian day flower, wood pickle, caterpillar, wild garlic, mustard seed than processed vegetables.
I go out into the woods to enjoy a few other offers from Manhattan, but having Inwood Hill Park as my temporary backyard convinces me that New York has managed to offer the best of both worlds.