Marcus Garvey Memorial Park, New York City

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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.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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  • 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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  • Family friendly park. Lovely amphitheater. Cultural/NYC experience. Great for young and old. Playground for kids a plenty.  more »
  • I had no idea that this place even existed as it was a small green square on a map I got of Harlem. I decided to check it out and found that there was a festival going on at the time. The park is smal...  more »
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  • I enjoyed my time here at the playground with my 4 yearly old son. It was plenty of room to play. We played on two different grounds. One was for the beginner walkers as it was a lot of ramps with plenty of room to walk around. The other play set had a shareable bridge, monkey bars, a tall swirl metal slide, multiple climbing options, and a another metal slide. What I didn't like was the fact people brought their pets despite the signage "No Pets". One dog was literally chained to the fence inside the playground while the another was chained to a bench outside of the playground. too close to comfort for me.
  • This is a tough one. This park is great that it is there for the residents. But it's had a checkered past. There have been violence there - they close the upper part of the park. There is a really cool tower that was used to look for fires in the city after built about a decade after the civil war in 1875. It's a shame that the city doesn't budget more money for this park. It services more people with it's parkland, courts and swimming pool that any of the other parks that are better maintained downtown from this park. There are often young artists displaying their art here which is ALWAYS cool to see. I like this park and wish the city would realize it should be a National heritage site. The graffiti in the picture/s do not reflect my views but that of some park dwellers.
  • Drum circle on sunny Saturday's in the summer. Bring a drum and join the jam!!There is also a swimming pool which is open only in the summer. The amphitheater is first class and has really interesting shows in the summertime. This park is a blessing. This was my first park experience as a child growing up in Harlem. The recreational center has various activities for adults and seniors. The park deserves all the resources it can get!!
  • Very... urban. Wouldn't suggest going there at night. Daytime is okay if you're looking to play a game of basketball or chess outside. Police like to drive through the park a lot to help keep it safe. The downside is that there is a lot "unhealthy" activity there. Have fun during the day and at night stay away.
  • At it's best in the spring and summer. Beautiful landscaping. Friendly squirrels and people. Really a vast selection of birds to watch even Hawks who occasionally eat the friendly squirrels. Baby woodpeckers, blue Jays ect. Summer concerts and plays. Pool in the summer. And a work out facility in door and out door. 2 dog parks. Play ground for the kids.
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