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A new book featuring photos of St. Nicholas Park and other NYC parks titled: Legacy: The Preservation of Wilderness in New York City Parks by Joel Meyerowitz is available from Aperture’s website with a special 50% discount off the retail price of $65. More info below.



Use Discount Code: NYCPARK10

Receive 50% off the retail price of $65.

Hope you enjoy the book and the photos of our beloved St. Nicholas Park!


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It’s My Park! Day will take place in St. Nicholas Park on Saturday May 15th from 10am to 2pm. We will be working near the back of the West 133rd playground where we will be planting perennials. Volunteers can meet the group at this location in St. Nicholas park starting at 10am to sign-up.

We’ll also give volunteers a choice to paint the fencing along St. Nicholas Terrace as well.

We’ll need lots of volunteers to make this are beautiful.

Please remember to wear clothes for working with flowers and paint. We will supply gloves but bring your own work gloves if you have them. The Friends will have water on hand as well. Spread the word and hope to see you there!

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Occasionally, the Friends of St. Nicholas park will find something of interest about the rich history in Harlem. An article yesterday in the Gothamist highlighted that one of Harlem’s architectural gems, Sylvan Court, is not landmark protected and is in danger of falling into ruin (because of neglect and no protection).

Help us to persuade city, state officials or even celebrities (there are plenty in New York City these days) to landmark these buildings. And help the building owners get the help they need to restore these historic homes.

Write to the Mayor’s Office

More info about Sylvan Court can be found here:



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St. Nicholas Park was the feature article in this Summer’s edition of The View – The Magazine of the Library of American Landscape History. The article talks about rich history of the park as well as the tremendous turn-around the park has experienced in the last few years under the gardening guidance of Scott Farrington. You can click here to download a PDF of the scanned magazine.

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Above is an image of the original Point of Rocks, the craggy projection at the southeast corner of St. Nicholas Park from which Revolutionary War soldiers under the command of George Washington could look out over the Harlem Plains to see British troop movements.

It was here that Washington and his soldiers put up a fight until further retreating up the Hudson river to regroup and plan for their eventual takeover of Manhattan from the British Army during the Battle of Harlem Heights.

The Point of Rocks today is located along the upper path on the southeast corner of the park. There is no signage but the Friends of St. Nicholas Park is trying to get one placed as an historic marker. If you would like to help with this endeavor please contact us at info@stnicholaspark.org.

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