Fort Greene Park is located in the Brooklyn communities of Fort Greene, Clinton Hill and Wallabout.
Open daily, dawn-dusk Fort Tilden was a key military site overlooking the approach to New York Harbor. Today, the fort's grounds provide athletic fields and hiking trails. The former post's buildings are now a center for the arts on Rockaway Peninsula.
Dedicated in 1897, the General Grant National Memorial is the largest mausoleum in America. Its sheer size reflects the immense reverence Americans felt for this former general and president.
This 172-acre island in New York Harbor was a quiet military installation under the jurisdiction of the U.S. Army from 1794 to 1966 and of the Coast Guard until 1996. It now hosts free art exhibitions, festivals and ticketed concerts and is accessible by a free ferry.
Grand Army Plaza is outside a southeast entrance to Central Park and is bisected by 59th Street. On its north side it holds a gilded-bronze equestrian group statue depicting General William Tecumseh Sherman (1820-1891). Dedicated in 1903, it was master sculptor Augustus Saint-Gaudens' (1848-1907) last major work. On the south side is the 22-foot-high Pulitzer fountain, designed by sculptor Karl Bitter (1867-1915) and architect Thomas Hastings (1860-1929). The fountain was donated by publisher Joseph Pulitzer (1847-1911). The fountain is topped by the bronze allegorical figure Pomona, the goddess of abundance.
Part of Gateway National Recreation Area, the park is 580 acres of open space where visitors can enjoy many recreational amenities or explore the wildlife still thriving in New York City. For more information, click here.
The Greenbelt is Staten Island's largest physical feature, a 2,800-acre expanse of woodlands, wetlands and open fields that stretches through the middle of the borough. Maps are available for the walking trails that lead off from the center. The entire trail system extends 32 miles and includes various parks and refuges.
Unveiled in 1956, the idea for the statue originated with Baroness Alma Dahlerup, then president of the Danish-American Women's Association of New York, who for many years had arranged for Andersen's stories to be told on the radio. Robert Moses, then New York City parks commissioner, selected the site and the city's Department of Parks and Recreation has supported it. Donations by schoolchildren in Denmark and the United States made up a share of the funding for the statue, which was executed by the Danish American sculptor George Lober. Hans Christian Andersen's well-rubbed knees are ample evidence of the fun ...
High Rock Park is a 90-acre preserve that offers short hiking trails (and access to the Greenbelt's longer trails), comfort stations, the Greenbelt's administration and education centers, and headquarters for the Urban Park Rangers. Drivers can park in the lot at the end of Nevada Avenue and walk in through the Greta Moulton Gate. A paved, relatively flat Nature Path, where visitors of all abilities can explore the park's flora and fauna with the aid of illustrated signs, is accessible from the parking lot.
The area includes the High Bridge, New York City's oldest standing bridge, built in 1842 as part of the Croton Aqueduct system of bringing the first clean water into the city, and the parks on the Bronx and Manhattan side of it.