NYC Resources311Office of the Mayor

Official Website of the New York City Department of Parks & Recreation

Harlem River Park

E. 128 St., 2 Ave., 3 Ave., Harlem River Drive

Manhattan

Directions via Google Maps

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

The name Harlem comes from the Dutch city of Haarlem. When New York was New Amsterdam, this section in northern Manhattan was known as Nieuw Haarlem and the eight miles of waterway that flowed along its eastern shore between became the Harlem River. Governor General Peter Stuyvesant (1592-1672) of New Amsterdam offered newcomers between 40 and 50 acres per family to settle in the sparsely populated area, and a diverse group of settlers accepted. French, Walloon, Danish, Swedish, German, and Dutch colonists established farms on the fertile soil.

Read More

Park Information

Directions to Harlem River Park

Harlem River Park Weather

  • Mon
    Increasing Clouds
    53°F
  • Tue
    Chance Light Rain
    57°F
  • Wed
    Chance Light Rain and Areas Fog then Chance T-storms
    69°F
  • Thu
    Mostly Sunny and Breezy then Sunny
    49°F

7-day forecast

Was this information helpful?