9. Highbridge Park Was Once Home to an Amusement Park

During the late 19th-century, Highbridge Park was home to a recreational site known as Fort George Amusement Park, which stood between 190th and 192nd Streets on Amsterdam Avenue. Regarded by some as “Harlem’s Coney Island,” the attraction opened in 1895, and featured two Ferries Wheels, three roller coasters, a casino, an ice cream parlor, a toboggan slide and two music halls: the Star and the Trocadero.

Today, Fort George Playground stands on the site of the former amusement park, which succumbed to a fire in 1914.

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4 thoughts on “The Top 10 Secrets of Highbridge Park in Washington Heights, NYC

  1. This is my father’s and grandparents’ old neighborhood, so I spent a lot of time as a kid there, visiting the latter two. I was just there two days ago for an event for the New York Giants Baseball Historical Preservation Society with present-day Giant relief ace Mark Melancon, who is interested in the team’s New York history. He was fascinated, his agent provided pizza, a good time was had by all, and next day, Mark went on the disabled list, doubtless from having to deal with me.

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