Besides being the one pure (non-landscaped) park on Manhattan Island, timber in Inwood Hill Park haven’t been reduce because the late 1700’s, when the American forces constructed Fort Cox.
Popular folklore has it that Peter Minuit made his legendary buy of Manhattan Island from the Lenape folks dwelling right here in 1624; lnwood Hill formally turned a New York City park in 1916, saving extra than simply the native timber.
A community of trails makes exploring this park a historic, in addition to a nature journey. The caves, which had been house to the unique Lenape residents, are a good way to beat the summer season warmth. At daybreak or nightfall, the salt marsh preferrred for chook watching – raptors, waterbirds and migratory species are simple to look at in this city sanctuary. There’s additionally a nature heart with interactive displays and a lately constructed Algonquin-style shelter.
Watching an immature bald eagle perched on a department for 3 or 4 minutes earlier than spreading its wings in flight is my concept a pleasant solution to spend a summer season afternoon in New York. That was certainly one of my foraging hikes.
It has not been season for berries, however each salad I eat has extra wild edibles – lambs quarters, Asiatic day flower, wooden sorrel, purslane, wild garlic, mustard seed – than cultivated greens.
I do come out of the woods to get pleasure from a few of Manhattan’s different choices, however having Inwood Hill Park as my momentary again yard convinces me that New York has succeeded in providing the most effective of each worlds.