The 13th Congressional District covers all of the Manhattan neighborhood of Inwood, which is the northern-most community on the island of Manhattan. Bounded by the Hudson River, the Spuyten Duyvil Creek, the Harlem River, and Dyckman Street, Inwood is isolated by geography from the rest of Manhattan. Only Broadway and Fort George Hill connect Inwood with the rest of Manhattan’s street grid, which lends a feeling of isolation to the neighborhood. Inwood has a substantial Dominican population, particularly in the area east of Broadway and north of Dyckman Street. Inwood is home to Inwood Hill Park, a beautiful expanse of the last standing native forest on Manhattan, other than Central Park, which sits along Inwood’s western and northern boundaries. Inwood is rapidly gentrifying and zoning and affordable housing issues are at the forefront of Inwood’s public policy debate.
Inwood is growing in population and has a crowded public school system. There is a need for additional classroom space and teachers to ensure that the students continue to receive a quality education with limited class size and access to sufficient resources to grow both within and without the classroom. Because of Inwood’s unique geography, it faces heavy traffic, notwithstanding the fact that very few of its residents have access to vehicles. Inwood receives traffic flow from The Bronx across both the Broadway Bridge and the University Heights Bridge, as well as from the Henry Hudson Parkway from traffic coming from The Bronx and lower Manhattan. As a result, Inwood has significant traffic congestion, noise, and emissions problems, particularly on Broadway, Sherman Avenue, and Dyckman and 207th Streets.
Strengthening and expanding Inwood’s residents’ access to quality public schools with lower student to teacher ratios, resolving traffic congestion, noise, and emissions control from Westchester, Bronx, and Lower Manhattan-based vehicular traffic and ensuring Social Security and Medicare availability to the neighborhood’s seniors are among Mr. Fenstermaker’s priorities for the Inwood community.