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Benches at Isham Park

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Granite benches in a serene setting

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Borough : Manhattan
Neighborhood : Inwood
Parks and Gardens, Play

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NYC Dept. of Parks and Recreation: Isham Park


Dodie Dohoney (Cooper Union)

Situated on a high, flat, circular property, it has large grassy fields used mostly for quiet contemplation. Once the site of a mansion owned by the park's namesake family, it must have commanded sweeping 180-degree views before the trees grew so overpowering. Now there is a quiet sitting area overlooking Broadway where two beautiful carved granite benches sit. On them is incised a sweet poem, hopefully recalling truthfully the family that once lived there: In memory of a home/Of integrity and affection/In that mansion used to be/Free hearted hospitality.

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