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

This garden is named for nearby 132nd Street in Harlem. Colonized by Dutch farmers in the late 1600s, this area was originally named Nieuw Haarlem. The rural community became a battlefield in the American Revolution as the Continental Army repelled the advances of British Troops in a skirmish that spanned Manhattan’s northern end. Evidence of the battle of Harlem Heights appears in records covering the area from 110th Street to at least 164th Street.

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