|Neighborhood Blog Watch|
|Written by Editor|
|Wednesday, January 20, 2010|
The New York Times City section recently reported that New York City has upwards of 200 neighborhood blogs, public on-line journals, throughout its five boroughs. Inwood was mentioned as one of the neighborhoods that enjoys an abundance of local opining and reporting.
It may be news to some, but for the cyber-savvy it comes as no surprise. The Internet has become a virtual stomping ground for Northern Manhattanites to write about neighbors, reflect on politics, nature and noise, or post favorite neighborhood photos of the day. Blogs from Washington Heights and Inwood are as diverse and eclectic as the neighborhoods they cover. Here are some favorite recent posts from the area:
Bluffer’s Guide to Cosmo· pol· i· tan· ism
“Chivalry Is Not Dead in NYC”
Written by two “similarly-minded individuals who are dedicated to exploring, understanding, and enjoying everything that this world has to offer,” this blog’s posts range from pop to political culture. But this recent entry featured an ode to chivalry and the A-train. Doesn’t get more local than that.
“Winter Eagle Watch, Pale Male And Lola, And What Happened To Those Bird's Tails”
Showing that Central Park’s got nothing on Inwood, this hawk-obsessed blog takes a break from reporting on the famous red-tailed hawks Pale Male and Lola to show viewers Inwood Hill Park has its fair share of birds of prey.
The Inwood Astronomy Project
“The International Year of Astronomy Begins”
The stars are coming out in full force over Northern Manhattan’s skies and The Inwood Astronomy Project is committed to showing them off to at least 5,000 New Yorkers over 100 nights in 2009. Every Wednesday and Saturday night this blogger will take his telescope to Inwood Hill, Isham and Fort Tryon Parks over the year.
The Penny Palate
“Pollo por poco”
Food blogs are as plentiful as palates, but this one stands out for its coverage of an Upper Manhattan stand-by, El Malecon on Broadway and W. 175th Street. Washington Heights resident Jamie Conniff writes that his antidote for whiny downtown complaints about coming to the Heights for dinner is to feed them the shop’s chicken. Once they’ve eaten El Malecon, they never say no again.
Follow Carla Zanoni’s own blog “The Streets Where We Live” to explore and stay connected to Northern Manhattan at www.wahi.typepad.com.