4. Bennett Park contains the tallest natural point in Manhattan

Bennett Park cannon

Located between Pinehurst and Fort Washington Avenues, Bennett Park was built on the site of Fort Washington. Bennett Park was named after James Gordon Bennett, Sr., who launched the New York Herald in 1835. The park opened in 1929 and features a notable elm tree planted on the bicentennial of George Washington’s birth. The park also honors Emilio Barbosa, who died on the USS Nevada at Okinawa.

Perhaps the most notable feature in Bennett Park — other than a cannon often used in Revolutionary War reenactments — is an outcropping of Manhattan schist which is the highest natural point in Manhattan. The rock stands at 265 feet above sea level, as denoted by a stone marker. A playground in the park was constructed in the 1940s.