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Van Cortlandt Park

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Prison Window

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  • Location: East of Van Cortlandt house
  • Description: Ruins of old prison with tablet
  • Materials: Holland brick, Holland stone, slate
  • Dimensions: H: 2'1" W: 3'1"
  • Donor: Gift of T.J. Oakely Rhinelander and Colonial Dames of N.Y. State
  • Inscription: PRISON WINDOW BUILT OF HOLLAND BRICK AND STONE / FROM THE OLD
    SUGAR HOUSE DUANE STREET / 1763-1892 / BY THE BRITISH A PRISON FOR
    AMERICAN SOLDIERS / 1776-1783 / CUNNINGHAM PROVOST MARSHAL/
    PRESENTED BY T.J. OAKLEY RHINELANDER ESQ. / THE COLONIAL DAMES OF
    THE STATE OF NEW YORK/

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Directions to Van Cortlandt Park

Know Before You Go

Barbecuing AreasVan Cortlandt Park

Due to construction at Broadway and West 242nd Street, the entrance near the subway is closed. Please access the park at the stairway adjacent to the public comfort station (Broadway & Manhattan College Parkway). There is an accessible entrance at the end of the block. The barbecuing area at Van Cortlandt Park has temporarily been moved behind the Nature Center. For more information on the progress of this construction project, please visit our Capital Project Tracker page.
Anticipated Completion: Summer 2020

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