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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.
Marcus Garvey Memorial Park reviews
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 »
Family friendly park. Lovely amphitheater. Cultural/NYC experience. Great for young and old. Playground for kids a plenty.
Family friendly park. Lovely amphitheater. Cultural/NYC experience. Great for young and old. Playground for kids a plenty. more »
Nice enough place during the day but it turns into a whole different monster at night. It's best to avoid the hill especially, as shady characters start crawling out of the woodwork doing shady things in the shadows. It would be nice to have a more secure presence at the park so you could actually feel safe taking in the views at night but alas, that just isn't an option, and no view is worth being robbed (or worse) over. I guess that's Central Harlem for you though. It's just a shame since it is a very pleasant place during the day and a nice environment for all ages, and as I said before, the views from on top the hill would be great at night but, I just did not feel safe at all when I had attempted it.
Catching up on reviews. I was here for the first time on Friday, 07-29-22. I was good being able to sit still for a minute and enjoy people watching and seeing children actually play outside. I always attract animals; not sure if I was surprised to see a squirrel in NYC or if it was just typical and hilarious. There is a squirrel and a few birds that frequent one of my bedroom windows at home. People were playing music. There were plenty of pigeons out looking for food, just enough to let you know you were at a city park. Would definitely visit again.
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