Bennett Park (New York City)
Bennett Park (James Gordon Bennett Park) is a public park in New York City, named for James Gordon Bennett, Sr., the newspaper publisher who launched the New York Herald in 1835. It is located between Pinehurst and Fort Washington Avenues and West 183rd and 185th Streets in the Hudson Heights neighborhood of Washington Heights in northern Manhattan, on land purchased by Bennett in 1871, the year before his death. It sits opposite the northern Fort Washington Avenue entrance to the 181st Street subway station on the IND Eighth Avenue Line (A).
The park was built on the site of Fort Washington, from which the Continental Army delayed the advance of British troops in 1776. The commemorative bronze and marble stele, with sculpture by Charles R. Lamb, is located on the eastern perimeter wall of the park.
On the west side of the park lies an outcropping of Manhattan schist which is the highest natural point in Manhattan – 265 feet (80.8 meter) above sea level – with a square stone marker attesting to the fact.
Bennett Park hosts a variety of events, such as the Revolutionary War Reenactment, which Redcoats and George Washington's army actors converge and fight in the park, reenacting the battle of Fort Washington. An annual Harvest Festival is held in the park's field.
Media related to Bennett Park (New York City) at Wikimedia Commons
- Fort Washington/Bennett Park, Manhattan's Highest Point
- Official website on park
- Bennett Park by NYC Dept. of Parks & Recreation, September 1998
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