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Naomi Cohen, 20, reads in The Cloisters, the (Credit: Anthony Lanzilote)

Naomi Cohen, 20, reads in The Cloisters, the medieval branch of the Metropolitan Museum of Art and Inwood's most famous landmark. (Oct. 5, 2013)

Inwood in NYC offers an urban nature walk

Inwood, the neighborhood at the northern tip of island of Manhattan, is perhaps New York's best spot for a fall walkabout. That's because it's compact, and nearly half the area is composed of parkland.

Naomi Cohen, 20, reads in The Cloisters, the
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Naomi Cohen, 20, reads in The Cloisters, the medieval branch of the Metropolitan Museum of Art and Inwood's most famous landmark. (Oct. 5, 2013)

Visitors can learn about medieval gardening on the
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Visitors can learn about medieval gardening on the grounds of The Cloisters. (Oct. 5, 2013)

The Cloisters' old stone buildings house some of
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The Cloisters' old stone buildings house some of the most important treasures from the medieval period. (Oct. 5, 2013)

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The byzantine pathways of Fort Tryon Park in
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The byzantine pathways of Fort Tryon Park in Inwood are made for wandering. (Oct. 5, 2013)

The Dutch colonial Dyckman Farmhouse in Inwood was
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The Dutch colonial Dyckman Farmhouse in Inwood was built in 1784, and it's been a museum since 1916.

Fort Tryon Park offers views of the Hudson
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Fort Tryon Park offers views of the Hudson River and the New Jersey Palisades. (Oct. 5, 2013)

Yukari Kawashmia (left) and Crysdian Henson, both of
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Yukari Kawashmia (left) and Crysdian Henson, both of Inwood, chat at Inwood Local, a wine and beer garden. (Oct. 5, 2013)

The beer menu at Inwood Local. (Oct. 5,
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The beer menu at Inwood Local. (Oct. 5, 2013)

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The pulled pork sliders at Inwood Local. (Oct.
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The pulled pork sliders at Inwood Local. (Oct. 5, 2013)

While on your Inwood walkabout, stop in for
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While on your Inwood walkabout, stop in for a sweet bite at Carrot Top Pastries on Broadway. (Oct. 5, 2013)

Columbia University's Campbell Sports Center in Inwood was
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Columbia University's Campbell Sports Center in Inwood was designed by architect Steven Holl. (Oct. 5, 2013)

New York's only Ivy League football team, the
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New York's only Ivy League football team, the Columbia Lions, play at the Baker Athletic Complex in Inwood. (Oct. 5, 2013)

A woman jogs by Spuyten Duyvil Creek in
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A woman jogs by Spuyten Duyvil Creek in Inwood Hill Park, which contains Manhattan's only remaining patch of old-growth forest. (Oct. 5, 2013)

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