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Not to be confused with St Nicholas' Park, Warwick.
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St. Nicholas Park
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135th Street entrance
Created 1895
Public transit access Subway: "B" train"C" train to 135th Street, "A" train"B" train"C" train"D" train to 125th Street or 145th Street
Bus: M3, M10, M60 SBS, M100, M101, M104, Bx15, Bx19, Bx33

St. Nicholas Park is a public park in Manhattan, New York City, between the neighborhoods of Harlem, Hamilton Heights and Manhattanville. The nearly 23-acre (93,000 m2) park is contained by 141st Street to the north, 128th Street to the south, St. Nicholas Terrace to the west, and St. Nicholas Avenue to the east.

History

The park was created in 1895, when the first land for the park was acquired upon the condemnation of the Croton Aqueduct. After additional property was acquired, construction on the park began in 1906. Like the streets on its eastern and western borders, the park was named after St. Nicholas, the patron saint of Amsterdam whose likeness adorned one of the ships that brought the first Dutch settlers to New Amsterdam. Parks Commissioner Samuel Parsons designed the park himself. The park next expanded in 1909, when the park's southern boundary was extended to 128th Street. In 1931, a playground opened along 129th Street. A new playground was erected on this site in 1965.

Features

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The Grange in St. Nicholas Park

St. Nicholas Park contains Alexander Hamilton's historic home, The Grange. Now designated as the Hamilton Grange National Memorial, it was moved 500 feet (150 m) in 2008 from Convent Avenue to the north side of St. Nicholas Park, facing 141st Street. The Grange was considered a "country home" when it was built in 1802, and its new location is within the boundaries of Hamilton's original 32-acre (130,000 m2) estate.

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View from St. Nicholas Terrace

Much of City College of New York's campus, including Shepard Hall, is just across St. Nicholas Terrace. The wooded park features basketball courts, playgrounds, handball courts, a dog park, and barbecue areas maintained by NYC Parks. Other attractions include large Manhattan schist outcrops, and monarch butterflies that cover the butterfly bushes at migration time.

Transportation

The park can be reached via the New York City Subway's IND Eighth Avenue Line at the 125th Street (A, ​B, ​C, and ​D train), 135th Street (B and ​C train), or 145th Street (A, ​B, ​C, and ​D train) stations.

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