University Woods

Cedar Ave., Sedgwick Ave. bet. Hall of Fame Ter. and W. 180 St.


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

University Woods is a forested area situated on a steep slope overlooking the Harlem River. It commands an impressive view of Upper Manhattan, and a glimpse of the Hudson River and New Jersey Palisades. During the American Revolution, the site proved strategically important for British forces in their efforts to maintain control of New York City. Several small forts lined the river and formed part of the British stronghold. British Fort #8 occupied the crest of the ridge now known as University Woods. This obstinate fort defied assault until the end of the war.

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