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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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  • 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 »
  • The Park is well located in Harlem. It's nice to rest and watch the movement did not have much tourist, which allows for a better idea of the local people.
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  • Well located in Harlem, has several banks to rest and watch the people go by. Not many tourists which enables a real vision of local residents.
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  • It's a large park. You do have some vagrants looking suspicious, but they seem to keep to themselves. Usually crowded in the summer, but there is quite of but of greenery that makes it a bit relaxing.
  • Such a hidden gem - waiting for some love! The historic fire tower has been removed... I pray it will be restored and returned... and the park perimeter is now being spruced up with plantings. The upper level terrace and elevated walks are neglected and in disrepair. Would love to see an outdoor cafe up there and vibrancy once again. The amphitheatre it nice, if totally underutilized, and the swimming pool is fetching.
  • Beautiful park. Great free performances in the summer. Top level of park very gay friendly.
  • It does have open space. But It's safe to go in group there. Never been there in night time.
  • Nice park located in east harlem nice dog pen one for large or small dogs. A nice place in the city to just sit relax and enjoy the day.