Save the date and celebrate a part of Harlem history, September 21, 3-7 PM.
You are cordially invited to attend a cocktail reception atop the Acropolis in Marcus Garvey Park sponsored by the Mount Morris Park Community Improvement Association (MMPCIA), along with its steering committee of neighbors and friends, the Dept of Parks & Recreation and the Marcus Garvey Park Alliance.
We are excited to celebrate our fundraising success of $4M to restore Harlem’s Mount Morris Fire Watchtower in Marcus Garvey Park and to honor Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg, Manhattan Borough President Scott M. Stringer, Council Member Inez E. Dickens, Veronica M. White, Commissioner, NYC Department of Parks & Recreation, and the NYC Department of Parks & Recreation team: Larry S. Blackmon, Deputy Commissioner, Community Outreach, and William T. Castro, Manhattan Borough Commissioner!
The Daily News even had something to say about our success!
Now work can begin on the first phase of the project to bring one of Harlem’s iconic destinations back to its early glory.
Since 1857, the Mount Morris Fire Watchtower has stood atop the Acropolis of Marcus Garvey Park. For its first 20 years, the tower was used to monitor fires and protect the surrounding neighborhoods.
Even with the advent of telegraphy and telephony, when similar towers had outlived their usefulness, this Watchtower continued to stand and took on the task of keeping time for the community with the tolling of its 10,000 pound bell.
This 47″ tall cast iron structure continues to stand as the only remaining one of its kind in New York City – the last of 13 such towers. It was designated a New York City landmark in 1967, listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1976, and treated to some much needed care and attention in 1994.
Whether you’re interested in preservation, architecture, Harlem history, community involvement or just want to do something different, there will definitely be a place for you in moving this initiative forward into the 2nd phase–restoration of the entire Acropolis upon which the Watchtower sits. Please join us for the 2nd Annual Mount Morris Fire Watchtower Fundraiser.
When: September 21, 2013, from 3:00 – 7:00 PM
Where: Atop the Acropolis in Marcus Garvey Park*
Entrance: 124th & Fifth Avenue by the pool area
* Rain location: TBD