Marcus Garvey Memorial Park, New York City

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Marcus Garvey Park is located in Harlem 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.HistoryBefore 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.
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  • Not very extensive Park, in front of the Bethel Gospel Assembly with the side most of Harlem. It has games for children, a basketball court and has the hills to enjoy shows to air free. In summer must have much more life and good care throughout the year. It is located a few blocks from Central Park.
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  • Family friendly park. Lovely amphitheater. Cultural/NYC experience. Great for young and old. Playground for kids a plenty.  more »
  • I had no idea that this place even existed as it was a small green square on a map I got of Harlem. I decided to check it out and found that there was a festival going on at the time. The park is smal...  more »
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  • Hi friends, this park is so beautiful and such a peaceful place to get in touch with God. There are many large boulders that are fun to climb. There are also steps you can run up for an incline workout. It is the perfect place to take your dog for a walk, go for a stroll yourself, bike ride or take a dip in the public pool in the summer time.
  • I truly love this park, especially the public art. There is a lot of sketchiness that occurs in the upper areas of the park, particularly where the fenced in area is, but during the day it's usually peaceful and quiet. I would avoid strangers in that particular section of the park. The Richard Rogers Amphitheatre is beautiful and stunning and I was grateful for its existence. I would love to see some Shakespeare in the park here.
  • Highly underrated park. Small, but packs a powerful punch with a pool, an amphitheater, a baseball field, dog runs, basketball courts, and look out points with spectacular views of Harlem. Would be 5 stars if it weren't for all of the trash- the community could do a better job of keeping the park clean.
  • Lovely dog park here. It's clean and spacious enough for my German Shepherd to run around freely.
  • My mom and dad met there as teens the art exhibit this past summer was great. I loved the huts .

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