Fort Tryon Park: The breathtaking park in Manhattan named for an American enemy | Bowery Boys

Photograph taken looking north toward The Cloisters, April 13, 1938, a month before it opened

Photograph taken looking north toward The Cloisters, April 13, 1938, a month before it opened.

Ask any New Yorker at random where the site of Fort Washington once stood, and chances are your query will be met with a furrowed brow, followed by frantic tapping on a smartphone. (ANSWER: It was located on the site of today’s Bennett Park in Washington Heights.)

But ask about Fort Tryon, and chances are better that they could point it out on a map.

Fort Tryon Park not only hosts the renowned Cloisters museum, but it’s also one of the lushest and most romantic spots in Manhattan, with dramatic outlooks over the Hudson River and sweeping views of the Palisades.

This breathtaking view is no accident. Along with buying the Cloisters and the land that would become Fort Tryon Park, J. D. Rockefeller, Jr., also bought hundreds of acres along the New Jersey waterfront to preserve them—and the view.

This is America the Beautiful at its finest. Curious thing though. The park is named for a vicious British general who fought against George Washington and the Continental Army.

Read more: Fort Tryon Park: The breathtaking park in Manhattan named for an American enemy | Bowery Boys

Related:

The Cloisters, Fort Tryon Park, and the Palisades | The Metropolitan Museum of Art

Time Travel Tuesdays: Reweaving the Threads of a Glorious Past | NY Times

A Neighborhood of Castles in the Sky: Washington Heights before The Cloisters | The Met

Park Portfolio – Fort Tryon Park

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