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Mount Morris Park West Landmark




Mt. Morris Park West, between 121st and 122nd Streets




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Across from Marcus Garvey Park are fine examples of late 19th century townhouses. This street, which serves as a detour for traffic traveling down Fifth Avenue from 124th to 120th Streets, is tangible evidence of the glory the area once experienced. The mere survival of this unbroken row of homes and churches facing the park speaks to the special significance of the District; it is an example rarely found in Manhattan. In the 1850's and, indeed, until much later, the streets in the District were unpaved and builders dumped surplus earth in the roads to improve the grading. A property map of the area dated 1848 indicates that Morris Park West was called "The New Avenue." That map also explains the sharp diagonal of the boundary of the Historic District, established by the direction of the old Manhattan Road.
Marcus Garvey Park
The 20-acre park was originally known as Mount Morris Park and was a public, residential square in 1839. It was renamed to honor Marcus Garvey, the international Pan-African leader, spokesman and President of the short-lived nation known as the "Republic of Africa", who maintained his headquarters in Harlem. Neighborhood residents takes advantage of the park's indoor and outdoor recreation spaces, such as the Pelham Fritz Recreation Center (entrance at Mt. Morris Park West & 122nd Street) open Monday to Friday, 7:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m., Saturday 8:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. Turn right upon entering building. Men's room before, women's room past the drinking fountain. Not handicapped-accessible. The park also boasts an Olympic-size swimming pool that is free to the public. The pool is open from the 4th of July until Labor Day.



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