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Fort Tryon Park, New York City

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Fort Tryon Park is a public park located in the Hudson Heights and Inwood neighborhoods of the borough of Manhattan in New York City. The 67-acre (27 ha) park is situated on a ridge in Upper Manhattan, close to the Hudson River to the west. It extends mostly from 192nd Street in the south to Riverside Drive in the north, and from Broadway in the east to the Henry Hudson Parkway in the west. The main entrance to the park is at Margaret Corbin Circle, at the intersection of Fort Washington Avenue and Cabrini Boulevard.

The area was known by the local Lenape tribe as Chquaesgeck and by Dutch settlers as Lange Bergh (Long Hill). During the American Revolutionary War, the Battle of Fort Washington was fought at the site of the park. The area remained sparsely populated during the 19th century, but by the turn of the 20th century, it was the location of large country estates. Beginning in 1917, philanthropist John D. Rockefeller, Jr., bought up several of the estates to create Fort Tryon Park. He engaged the Olmsted Brothers firm to design the park and hired James W. Dawson to create the planting plan. Rockefeller gave the land to the city in 1931, after two prior attempts to do so were unsuccessful, and the park was completed in 1935. Rockefeller also bought sculptor George Gray Barnard's collection of medieval art and gave it to the Metropolitan Museum of Art, which from 1935 to 1939 built the Cloisters in Fort Tryon Park to house the collection.

The park is built on a high formation of Manhattan schist with igneous intrusions and glacial striations from the last Ice Age. The park's design included extensive plantings of various flora in the park's many gardens, including the Heather Garden, which was restored in the 1980s. Besides the gardens and the Cloisters, the park has extensive walking paths and meadows, with views of the Hudson and Harlem Rivers. Fort Tryon Park was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1978 and was designated a New York City Scenic Landmark in 1983.

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  • I love Fort Tyron Park in Upper Manhattan. It is the most beautiful park in New York City with its rolling hills, beautiful gardens, views of the Hudson River and the home of the Cloisters Museum. It....  more »
  • Really lovely park, some great walks that run alongside the Hudson River, plenty of wild life to be seen and lots of informative information posted around, felt very safe place to be and really...  more »
  • It's my go to park. In my neighborhood, not too popular just enough popular so you can see familiar faces. Not too crowded. Well maintained lawns (if you visit please help keep it that way), has done beautiful spots to sit. Has few beautiful spots for vistas of River and the GW bridge. I went there on the president's day to take pictures of the bridge. It was magical. It also has a small bistro called New Leaf. Highly recommend visiting here on a weekday when it not busy and taking it easy.
  • This park at the cusp of the amazing Cloisters medieval museum is a joy to stroll with its vast array of gorgeous plants and flowers, trees and shrubs; and that view! Breathtaking! Just the dazzling managerie of bees and butterflies with the occasional hummingbird keeps the attention and causes one to eagerly anticipate the next surprise. The walk is so very peaceful and relaxing and almost everyone we came upon had a brighter outlook and demeanor than had we come upon them on the streets. A wonderful experience.

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