Sunset Hike / Picnic/ Native American Caves in Manhattan
sam. 23 mars à 20:30
Come out with us for Sunset in Inwood Hill Park! We are meeting at 215th Street and INDIAN ROAD! SEE THE SIGN BELOW. We will take an easy nature walk, explore one of the highest points in Manhattan and have a sunset picnic over looking the Hudson river. SUNSET, the HUDSON RIVER Explore Caves that are thousands of years old, here in Manhattan! MANHATTAN ( In Native American Language: Island of Many Hills!) Legend has it that under a tulip tree in the park Peter Minuit, Director General of New Netherland, 'purchased' Manhattan from the a band of Native Americans in 1626 for the Dutch West India Company; the purchase price being a shipment of goods worth 60 guilders ( http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dutch_guilder ). The tree, the largest tulip on the island, survived for centuries until it was felled by a storm in the 1933. Until the 1950s the base of the tree under which this transaction allegedly took place was still to be seen, surrounded by a large iron fence, but as it rotted it was finally removed and a boulder (Shorakkopoch Rock) and plaque replaced it. Fort Cockhill ( http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fort_Cockhill ), one of many forts built in New York by the Continental Army during the Revolutionary War, stood slightly north from the center of Inwood Hill Park. A small, five-sided earthen structure equipped with two cannons, it overlooked the mouth of Spuyten Duyvil Creek at its confluence with the Hudson River. The park was home to country retreats for some of the wealthier families of the community and the rest of New York's social elite in the 19th century. One such notable who had a summer estate in Inwood was Isidor Straus ( http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Isidor_Straus ), co-owner of the Macy's ( http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Macy%27s ) department store and a passenger on the ill-fated voyage of the RMS Titanic ( http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/RMS_Titanic ). The Lords of the Lord & Taylor ( http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lord_%26_Taylor ) department store chain owned two mansions built within the park. Both were destroyed by fire in the latter part of the 19th century. WE ARE MEETING HERE. LOOK UP AT THE SIGN !!!!. See you all there, George[masked]
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