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West Harlem Piers

Henry Hudson Pkwy. bet. St Clair Pl. and W. 135 St.


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This text is part of Parks’ Historical Signs Project and can be found posted within the park.

The West Harlem Waterfront Park is a landscaped transformation of the historic Manhattanville shoreline. For thousands of years, the natural topography of this site formed a valley and small sheltered cove off the Hudson River, also known as the North River. This solitary break between the bluffs of today’s Morningside Heights and Washington Heights provided the only direct river access to the area’s earliest native residents as well as a convenient inroad to the area’s early 17th-century non-native arrivals.

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