A View From the Road
The Kingsbridge Road entered the future Central Park at around 95th Street and veered west to find a suitable place to cross the Harlem Creek, which flowed east into the Harlem River. The road passed through this rocky landscape and descended through McGowan's Pass, named after the McGowan family, who owned a house and tavern near the present-day site of the Park's operational area known as the Mount. The Pass, together with commanding views north from high points in the landscape, made this a highly strategic location for military defense. The British army built fortifications
Erected by Central Park Conservancy.
Location. 40° 47.75′ N, 73° 57.133′ W. Marker is in New York, New York, in New York County. Marker can be reached from East Drive. Touch for map. Marker is in Central Park. Marker is in this post office area: New York NY 10029, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Fort Clinton: On Top of Manhattan (within shouting distance of this marker); Mount Saint Vincent (within shouting distance of this marker); Before There Was a Park (about 400 feet away, measured in a direct line); Odetta (about 600 feet away); J. Marion Sims, M.D., L.L.D. (was approx. ¼ mile away but has been reported permanently removed. ); The New York Academy of Medicine (approx. ¼ mile away); Marian Anderson (approx. 0.3 miles away); Arthur Brisbane (approx. 0.3 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in New York.
Regarding A View From the Road. Recently, the Central Park Conservancy has begun installing informational waysides like this one.
Categories. • Roads & Vehicles • War of 1812 • War, US Revolutionary •
Credits. This page was last revised on July 24, 2016. This page originally submitted on July 24, 2016, by Larry Gertner of New York, New York. This page has been viewed 203 times since then and 21 times this year. Photos: 1, 2. submitted on July 24, 2016, by Larry Gertner of New York, New York. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.