Monday, June 19, 2017

Juneberries in Isham Park

Juneberries in Isham Park today.
This coming Wednesday June 21st celebrate the Summer Solstice in Isham Park where juneberries, along with mulberries, are now ripe.

"Juneberry" is only one of the many names these native shubs go by: "shadbush, serviceberry, shadblow, wild sugarplum, saskatoon. The official name is Amelanchier: ("The name saskatoon originated from a Cree noun misâskwatômina (misāskwatōmina, misaaskwatoomina) for Amelanchier alnifolia.").

They are delicious! Thank you so much to former Inwood resident, first nations Cree Harlan Pruden for sharing his plants knowledge!

Wednesday, June 14, 2017

Proposed Historic District for Inwood

Isham family Memorial Terrace in Isham Park, November 2014.

Last October, Volunteers for Isham Park (VIP) sent a Request for Evaluation (RFE) for Inwood to the Landmarks Preservation Commission.  The RFE included a three page narrative and a Powerpoint presentation.

The proposed district is a significant step in the process begun in 2011 when Inwood was selected as one of the first communities for the Historic Districts Council's new "Six to Celebrate" program.

On May 3, 2017, the narrative and the Powerpoint from the RFE was presented at the CB12 Manhattan Land Use Committee meeting. 

We have discovered that the files for the RFE can be shared via a "public" "Dropbox" link.  We hope you will have a look and, if you like what you see, support the effort. 

The proposed district is titled:
 "Broadway Corridor Historic District, Inwood, Manhattan"



Friday, April 14, 2017

First VIP post of 2017

One year ago today, VIP posted about the little Dutchman's Breeches blooming in Inwood Hill Park.

Thanks to a trial run of Nancy Bruning's upcoming Forest Fitness Class, we learned on Wednesday that they are blooming once again!  Spicebush is too, creating a golden haze throughout the Clove near the rock formation known as Shorakappock.

Nancy's Forest Fitness Class starts next Monday, April 17th
12 noon to 1:00 pm
Meet at noon at the Nature Center - about a block west of, but inside the Indian Road and West 218th street entrance to Inwood Hill Park (across from the Indian Road Cafe).

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