Friday, June 19, 2009
☞ REMEMBER: The Beaches of Manhattanville
The painting at the Museum of the City of New York shows the coastline of Harlem as it was with crystal clear waters, sandy shores and crisp views of the Palisades mountains. Painted somewhere in the 1840's by Victor Gifford Audubon, it shows the Audubon family lounging on the peaceful beaches of the Hudson in an area that is today's Manhattanville. The lower photo was taken a few weeks ago and shows the West Harlem Piers at the same location during sunset. This new park has sea grass, trees, flowering plant and some reference to sand towards the north arbor. To get to the park, take the 1 train to 125th Street and head toward 12th Avenue, underneath the Viaduct.