Marcus Garvey Memorial Park, New York City

#57 of 75 in Parks in New York City
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.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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  • 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 the p...  more »
  • 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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  • Great neighborhood park. Huge, clean and relatively uncrowded pool, two playgrounds, a little free library for kids and another for adults. Lots of free performances in the ampitheater every summer, including dance, music and theater. Best event is the Charlie Parker Jazz Festival, which brings some of the best jazz artists in the world to Harlem for two days of free performances.
  • I love going to the. Gym you meet great people and the staff are very friendly. So that being said I really enjoy my days at Marcus Harvey park and gym.
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