Visitors can journey up the south slope’s carved stone stairs to enjoy the vista at the peak, sunbathe on the lawn, or sit at the stone “amphitheater” with views to the wooded slopes to the south and east.
Before the creation of Central Park, Summit Rock was a prominent feature in Seneca Village, the predominantly African-American community that existed in the West 80s from 1825 to 1857.
rock outcrop commanded views in all directions, including of Seneca
Village and west to the Hudson River and beyond to the hills of New
Jersey. You can still see the river though the corridor of 83rd Street.
When Central Park was constructed, the elevation made it a natural place
for designers Frederick Law Olmsted and Calvert Vaux to build a
carriage and pedestrian overlook.
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Before Central Park was built, the area from West 82nd to West 89th Street was home to Seneca Village, the largest community of African-American property owners in New York.
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