Monday, November 6, 2017


Harlem Bespoke: According to the Facebook site for Fire Watch Tower located on top of the former Mount Morris Park, things are moving along in the right direction for debut next year.  All of the cast iron pieces were taken out of storage from Fort Totten, Queens back in August and have since been sent to a foundry in Alabama to be repaired or duplicated.  As previously mentioned, the new date for the installation of the restored tower will be in Spring 2018 which means everything should be finished in the next five months or so.

As previously mentioned, New York City's last remaining fire watch tower that was on the highest point of Marcus Garvey Park had been dismantled a couple of years ago for restoration purposes but an initial summer 2017 deadline has pretty much come and gone for the local landmark.  These structures from the 1800s where used by the fire department to not only visually locate burning buildings but to also to sound off various signals by utilizing the large hanging bell within the tower.

For an example of what this might look like, check out our past post for an archival image of the watchtower when everything was fully intact: LINK 2017

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