At more than 160 years old, Central Park's history could fill volumes. Come get a taste of its storied past with this walking tour through the park's northern half.
On this walk, equal parts walking tour and urban hike, we'll explore the northern end of Central Park to understand its natural and human history. We'll begin at the site of Seneca Village, the predominately African American community that was razed during the construction of Central Park in the nineteenth century. Walking northward, we'll pass recreation sites that were built in the twentieth century and then ascend into the hilly northern end of the park. We'll walk along a stream bank and climb through dense woods to explore both the vistas from the Great Hill and a blockhouse built in 1814 in anticipation of a British invasion that never happened. We'll finish at Amsterdam Avenue and West 110th Street, near Columbia University, where there are many options for dining, drinks or coffee.
Our route includes hilly terrain and wooded areas, so wear comfortable walking shoes and outdoor clothes! Please also be sure to bring water.
About the Tour Guide: Robert W. Snyder is professor emeritus of journalism and American Studies at Rutgers University and Manhattan Borough Historian. He is the author of "Crossing Broadway: Washington Heights and the Promise of New York" and coauthor of "All the Nations Under Heaven: Immigrants, Migrants and the Making of New York". He is a former Fulbright lecturer in American Studies in Korea and a member of the New York Academy History. He is married to the journalist Clara Hemphill, who writes on public education in New York City.
Date: Wednesday, June 16th (Rain Date: Wednesday, June 23rd)
Time: 4:00 PM - 6:00 PM (approximately)
Registration Deadline: Tuesday, June 15th
Location: Central Park- Exact meeting instructions will be emailed to those who register.
Contact: Sara Huzar, Coordinator of Enrichment Programs here or at (646)-396-5304