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Riverside Park is a scenic waterfront public park on the Upper West Side of Manhattan in New York City, consisting of a narrow four-mile strip of land between the Hudson River and the gently curving rise-and-fall of Riverside Drive. When the park was first laid out, access to the river was blocked by the right-of-way of the New York Central RR Hudson Line; it was covered over with an esplanade later. The Upper West Side is a neighborhood of the borough of Manhattan in New York City that lies between Central Park and the Hudson River. ... Manhattan is an island bordering the lower Hudson River. ... Midtown Manhattan, looking north from the Empire State Building, 2005 New York City (officially named the City of New York) is the most populous city in the United States, and is at the center of international finance, politics, music, and culture. ... View of the Hudson in the 1880s showing Jersey City The Hudson River, called Muh-he-kun-ne-tuk in Mahican, is a river running mainly through New York State but partly forming the boundary between the states of New York and New Jersey. ... Riverside Drive is a scenic north-south thoroughfare in New York City. ... The New York Central Railroad, known simply as the New York Central in its publicity and with the AAR reporting mark of NYC, was a railroad operating in the North-Eastern United States. ...


Construction of the park began in the early 1870s. The concept plan was drawn by Frederick Law Olmsted, designer of the nearby Central Park. Primary construction was completed in about 1910, but there were subsequent expansions and alterations. Riverside Park was soon allowed to decay. In the early twentieth century, the young Robert Moses looked down from Riverside Drive at Events and Trends Technology The invention of the telephone (1876) by Alexander Graham Bell. ... Frederick Law Olmsted (April 26, 1822–August 28, 1903) was a United States landscape architect, famous for designing many well known urban parks, including Central Park in New York, New York, the countrys oldest coordinated system of public parks and parkways in Buffalo, New York, the countrys oldest... // Central Park (40° 46′ 59″ N 73° 58′ 20″ W) is a large park (843 acres or 3. ... 1910 in topic: Arts Architecture- Art- Film- Literature- Music- Television Science and technology Aviation- Rail transport- Science Other topics Australia- Canada- Ireland- South Africa- Sport Births- Deaths Lists of leaders: State leaders - Religious leaders 1910 was a common year starting on Saturday (see link for calendar). ... Robert Moses. ...

"a wasteland six miles long, stretching from where he stood all the way north to 181st street...the 'park' was nothing but a vast low-lying mass of dirt and mud. Unpainted, rusting, jagged wire fences along the tracks barred the city from its waterfront...the engines that pulled trains along the tracks burned coal or oil; from their smokestacks a dense black smog rose toward the apartment houses, coating windowsills with grit...[a stench] seemed to hang over Riverside Drive endlessly after each passage of a train carrying south to the slaughterhouses in downtown Manhattan carload after carload of cattle and pigs." ( —Robert A. Caro, The Power Broker: Robert Moses and the Fall of New York, pp. 65-6)

The Riverside Park we see today owes as much to Robert Moses as it does to Olmsted.


The primary section of Riverside Park are the tiered slopes between the Hudson and Riverside Drive between 72nd St. to 125th St. There is also a northern section of the park from 145th St. to 158th St. and adjacent to Riverbank State Park. Paths along the river connect the park to Hudson River Park to the south and Fort Washington Park to the north.


Notable monument and statues in the park include the Eleanor Roosevelt Monument at 72nd Street (Penelope Jencks, sculptor), the Soldiers and Sailors Monument at 89th Street, the Joan of Arc statue at 93rd Street (Anna Hyatt Huntington, sculptor), and New York's version of the Mausoleum of Halicarnassus, Grant's Tomb at 122nd Street, where the modernist-gothic spire of Riverside Church dominates the skyline. The numerous recreational facilities include tennis, volleyball and basketball courts; soccer fields, and a skate park that opened in the summer of 1995 at 108th St.. There is a marina at 79th St. and also a kayak launch at 148th St. Before the park existed, Edgar Allan Poe liked to sit on rocky "Mount Tom" at 83rd Street. Eleanor Roosevelt Anna Eleanor Roosevelt (October 11, 1884 – November 7, 1962) was an American human rights activist, diplomat and as the wife of President of the United States Franklin D. Roosevelt, the longest serving First Lady of the United States from 1933-1945. ... Categories: Stub ... Image of Joan of Arc, painted between 1450 and 1500 (Centre Historique des Archives Nationales, Paris, AE II 2490). ... The Mausoleum of Halicarnassus, depicted in this hand-coloured engraving from a series issued in 1572 by Martin Heemskerck (1498-1574), who based his reconstruction on descriptions. ... Grants Tomb, circa 1909 Grants tomb 2004 Grants Tomb is a mausoleum containing the bodies of Ulysses S. Grant ( 1822- 1885), an American Civil War General and the 18th President of the United States, and his wife, Julia Dent Grant ( 1826- 1902). ... Tennis balls This article is about the sport, tennis. ... Volleyball is a popular sport where teams separated by a high net hit a ball back and forth between the teams. ... Basketball is very popular in U.S. colleges. ... Football is a ball game played between two teams of eleven players, each attempting to win by scoring more goals than their opponent. ... Edgar Allan Poe - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia /**/ @import /skins-1. ...


Riverside Park almost received a children's playground designed by the great poets of Modernist style, the architect Louis Kahn and the sculptor/architect Isamu Noguchi working in collaboration. Despite their redesigning this playground five times, between 1961 and 1966, neighborhood resistance triumphed and the project was canceled by the new administration of Mayor John Lindsay. Louis Isadore Kahn (February 20, 1901 – March 17, 1974) practised as an architect in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, and taught architecture there and at Yale University. ... Black Slide mantra, in Sapporo, Hokkaido, Japan. ... John Vliet Lindsay (November 24, 1921 – December 19, 2000) was an American politician who served as a Congressman (1959-1965) and mayor of New York City (1966-1973). ...

Riverside Park also almost received a monument to the Warsaw Ghetto Uprising. All that has been installed is the granite placque set in the paving at the end of the Promenade near 84th St. on Sunday, October 19, 1947. It reads:

"This is the site for the American memorial to the heroes of the Warsaw Ghetto Battle April-May 1943 and to the six million Jews of Europe martyred in the cause of human liberty."
  • Wayne Jebian, "The Missing Monument," 1995

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Riverside Park (Manhattan) - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia (453 words)
Riverside Park is a scenic waterfront public park on the Upper West Side of Manhattan in New York City, consisting of a narrow four-mile strip of land between the Hudson River and the gently curving rise-and-fall of Riverside Drive.
The primary section of Riverside Park are the tiered slopes between the Hudson and Riverside Drive between 72nd St. to 125th St. There is also a northern section of the park from 145th St. to 158th St. and adjacent to Riverbank State Park.
Paths along the river connect the park to Hudson River Park to the south and Fort Washington Park to the north.
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