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Fort Tryon Park, New York City

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Fort Tryon Park is a public park located in the Hudson Heights and Inwood neighborhoods of the borough of Manhattan in New York City. The 67-acre (27 ha) park is situated on a ridge in Upper Manhattan, close to the Hudson River to the west. It extends mostly from 192nd Street in the south to Riverside Drive in the north, and from Broadway in the east to the Henry Hudson Parkway in the west. The main entrance to the park is at Margaret Corbin Circle, at the intersection of Fort Washington Avenue and Cabrini Boulevard.

The area was known by the local Lenape tribe as Chquaesgeck and by Dutch settlers as Lange Bergh (Long Hill). During the American Revolutionary War, the Battle of Fort Washington was fought at the site of the park. The area remained sparsely populated during the 19th century, but by the turn of the 20th century, it was the location of large country estates.

Beginning in 1917, philanthropist John D. Rockefeller, Jr., bought up the "Tryon Hall" estate of Chicago industrialist C. K. G. Billings and several others to create Fort Tryon Park. He engaged the Olmsted Brothers firm to design the park and hired James W. Dawson to create the planting plan. Rockefeller gave the land to the city in 1931, after two prior attempts to do so were unsuccessful, and the park was completed in 1935. Rockefeller also bought sculptor George Gray Barnard's collection of medieval art and gave it to the Metropolitan Museum of Art, which from 1935 to 1939 built the Cloisters in Fort Tryon Park to house the collection.

The park is built on a high formation of Manhattan schist with igneous intrusions and glacial striations from the last ice age. The park's design included extensive plantings of various flora in the park's many gardens, including the Heather Garden, which was restored in the 1980s. Besides the gardens and the Cloisters, the park has extensive walking paths and meadows, with views of the Hudson and Harlem Rivers. Fort Tryon Park was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1978 and was designated a New York City Scenic Landmark in 1983.
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  • We walked through the park to get from The Met Cloisters down to the street level. The views were beautiful and the park was so peaceful. We enjoyed our leisurely stroll. 
    We walked through the park to get from The Met Cloisters down to the street level. The views were beautiful and the park was so peaceful. We enjoyed our leisurely stroll.  more »
  • This is a huge park at the upper tip of Manhattan where you will find the Cloisters, which is part of the Met Museum. Go to the Cloisters and walk through the park. 
    This is a huge park at the upper tip of Manhattan where you will find the Cloisters, which is part of the Met Museum. Go to the Cloisters and walk through the park.  more »
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  • This is a lovely park with a lot of people who care about it and take care of it, it provides beautiful views of the Hudson, there's a dog run, and of course, The Cloisters. There is a city bus that comes around and picks up people at The cloisters and takes them across town to the Met museum. This is perfect because if you buy a ticket in one you can use the same ticket the same day in the other.
  • Absolutely beautiful place, highly recommend. You can literally feel the difference in the air quality as soon as get there. Highest point in Manhattan, beautiful view of the Hudson river and New Jersey...

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