Inwood Is Actually Two Neighborhoods Divided by Race, Class and Broadway | DNAinfo

By  Nigel Chiwaya and Carolina Pichardo

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INWOOD — When it comes to debates over life in Inwood, where you stand on the issue often comes down to what side of Broadway you live on.

For decades, arguments have played out on everything from controversial bars and nightclubs and the noise they spawn — as seen by the explosive back-and-forth over a recent op-ed on noise issues along the Dyckman Street club corridor that was widely panned as racist.

While debates over noisy bars and restaurants are in no way unique to Inwood, the latest battle over Dyckman Street has once again drawn back the curtain on the racially tinged rhetoric sometimes used to describe the situation.

The street — which tends to draw a largely black and Latino crowd into the statistically more white, more affluent side of Broadway — has been the subject of numerous crackdowns by the NYPD and is a constant source of 311 noise complaints and diatribes to Community Board 12 about the crowds, who are described as disrespectful to the community and dangerous to neighbors and fellow patrons.

But defenders of the Dyckman stretch west of Broadway say the bars and restaurants bring jobs and have cleaned up a desolate part of the area, adding that some of its detractors are white gentrifiers who are trying to change the character of the neighborhood.

These arguments have played out again and again, but they’re symptoms of a much larger issue in the area: Inwood is actually two distinct neighborhoods with very different racial, economic and housing make-ups, setting the stage for constant friction, locals say.

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2 Responses to “Inwood Is Actually Two Neighborhoods Divided by Race, Class and Broadway | DNAinfo”

  1. Agreed that Inwood needs to unite. The east-west divide has been around as long as the neighborhood went through a major demographic shift in the late 1960s. But I would argue that part of erasing the divide is to embrace the Mayor’s rezoning plan, or at least a modified version of it. We need more housing in Inwood. And let’s acknowledge political power. Most of the elected officials for the area from the Community Board, to the City Council, to the State Senate, and soon, the US House are Dominican-American. So you have the power, East side. Work to bring it all together in a new zoning plan.

  2. West of Broadway is “Inwood” and east of Broadway is “Dyckman”. The problem is (and let’s be completely honest) about the 10 years ago the drug activity in “Dyckman” began to subside and these entrepreneurs decided to put their money into safer and more practical use. Bars, lounges, clubs, restaurants, etc. That Dyckman strip was basically abandoned. The Dominicans made use of it and turned it into a destination. The Dominicans are the ones profiting not the white people. That’s the real problem.

    ya tu sabe!!

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