The Return of the Harlem Fire Watchtower to Marcus Garvey Park




Image taken October 18, 2019, courtesy of a reader

Harlemites and preservationists were delighted to receive the recent news that the historic Harlem Fire Watchtower, removed from the Acropolis overlooking Marcus Garvey Park in 2015 for restoration, would have its unveiling and ribbon-cutting on October 26, 2019. In addition, we learned from Connie Lee, President of the Marcus Garvey Park Alliance and Director of Public Art Initiative, that the Urban Park Rangers will open the gate and escort the public up to the top of the Watchtower on the third Sunday of the month, from Noon to 3:00pm, weather permitting. In addition, it appears that NYC Parks has scheduled a ‘walkup’ for Saturday, December 14th from Noon to 3:00pm¬†and the following dates ~ Free and Open to the Public:

Sunday, December 22, 2019 ~ Noon – 3pm

Saturday, January 11, 2020 ~ Noon – 3pm

Sunday, January 19, 2020 ~ Noon – 3pm

Saturday, February 8, 2020 ~ Noon – 3pm

Sunday, February 16, 2020 ~ Noon – 3pm

Below, a few images and history of the Watchtower as it was dissembled in 2015, and reassembled in 2019.

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