Monday, October 20, 2008

Yorkville's Secret Old Places

In Yorkville, there are many secret places. I'll give up one, and one teaser.

Entering Carl Schurz Park on 87 Street, if you walk straight ahead on the path under the stone bridge into the round sitting area with the Pan statue in the center, you'll see a large group of rocks on the right/south side. Up on the rocks is an ancient iron hook driven into the stone. The hook probably 250 years, secured a rope line from a ship or boat. Sit there, imagine under your feet the East River running towards the Hells Gate. Ships going back and forth to the countless piers along the waterfront.

Greenwich Village isn't the only Manhattan neighborhood with secrets in their backyards. Yorkville has at least two or more 19th century clapboard houses sitting behind the 1900-1920 built tenements that line the streets and avenues. One sat behind my grandmother's house on York Avenue, and it's still there.


Anonymous said...

Now I'm going to have to go and look tomorrow. I just moved here to York avenue in 2009 and have worked here since 2004, I just love it and wouldn't live anywhere else in NYC.


Thomas Pryor said...

Thank you, John, if you look through my blog you'll find lots of secret places and photos of old Yorkville.