Marcus Garvey Memorial Park, New York City

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Marcus Garvey Park is located in Harlem, and East Harlem neighborhoods in the New York City borough of Manhattan. The 20.17acre park, centered on a massive and steep outcropping of schist and surrounded by flat lawns and playing fields, interrupts the flow of Fifth Avenue traffic, which is routed around the park via Mount Morris Park West. The park is bounded by 120th Street and 124th Street and by Madison Avenue on its east side. The park is operated and maintained by the New York City Department of Parks and Recreation.
Before the arrival of Europeans, the rocky hill was used by Native Americans as a lookout station to see over the entire island. During the American Revolutionary War, Hessian soldiers "mounted a battery on," "to command the mouth of the Harlem River." When Fifth Avenue was extended north of Central Park as the railroads made Upper Manhattan more accessible, the rocky hill proved a difficult obstacle to clear; it was set aside for public use in 1836 and officially opened in 1840. Music has been played in the park since its beginnings, with the Parks Department promoting performances in 1872 and 1893. By 1900 a refreshment booth had been built at the 120th Street and Madison Avenue entrance to the park. A long vehicular tunnel to send Fifth Avenue through the center of the rock was proposed by Manhattan Borough President Samuel Levy and approved by Robert Moses in 1936. It was never built. Using our online itinerary creator, New York City attractions like Marcus Garvey Memorial Park can form part of a personalized travel itinerary.
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  • I was always curious to go to the top of the observation tower, but unfortunately, it was closed for maintenance. The observation tower was located atop a large rocky structure which a person may... 
    I was always curious to go to the top of the observation tower, but unfortunately, it was closed for maintenance. The observation tower was located atop a large rocky structure which a person may...  more »
  • This was a bit of a fill-in-time before heading to JFK. What a gem. You're in the middle of Harlem, but the city seems a loooong way away. At the end of April, the Watchtower was fenced off, and... 
    This was a bit of a fill-in-time before heading to JFK. What a gem. You're in the middle of Harlem, but the city seems a loooong way away. At the end of April, the Watchtower was fenced off, and...  more »
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  • I get free acupuncture there
  • Pretty large park with a variety of things (basketball courts, two playgrounds, water fountains, etc.). The playground itself is older than the ones in the upper part of Central Park (just for comparison). You can see they have repainted and patched it up a few times. They surprisingly removed a slide from the littler children's playground and just blocked it off - a very disappointing development. There is a pretty active community maintenance program so it's maintained pretty well.

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