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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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  • Went to see the play they did about the 3 musketeers and it was really good. I love that the park is open up for these young and fresh actors and actresses to showcase their talent in the community. T...  more »
  • Lots of people here having a good time. The park is very well-maintained, looks good. It shows the landscape of Harlem before the city took over. Very nice city park.  more »
  • A nice break from traffic. Park benches to sit, places for kids to play, a few nice gardens also. Oddly they are all completely fenced off as are many green spaces. Lots of people walking dogs in the ...  more »
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  • I love this park. In the past few years the parks department has been adding art structures to the park which makes it very appealing. The park has a indoor swimming pool, small playground for kids, swings and basket ball area. There's plenty of seating and grass area for outdoor activities and BBQ area and tables for the summer months. The restrooms are located inside recreation center and ID had to be shown for access. There is a homeless men's shelter near by. Therefore, men sit around the park most of the day. If that makes one uncomfortable this park may not be for you. Other wise its a clean and beautiful park. I
  • great for watching a little league game, swimming, barbecues, seeing the historical tower, exercising. I saw a free concert on the sound stage. great show. the center provided activities for children
  • Fun place for wellness of mind body and spirit. Something for everyone. Great free plays and concerts in the summer!
  • Lovely park with plenty to do for all age groups. I appreciate the public art and drumming too. A favorite green haven in Harlem.
  • Great city park about 2 city blocks with 2 separate playgrounds, city pool, 2 basketball courts, baseball field & grass area for picnic/bbq. Good place for doing yoga & walking/jogging.

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