at 148th Street. Behind Palisades Playground
is this grand staircase to
the lower park, some ballfields
, and the
Hudson River shoreline, passing over the railroad tracks and under the Henry
Hudson Parkway. I believe the original destination was the 148th Street
, which was never constructed because World War II came along
and changed a lot of plans. So intead, at the last minute, just as the War
was about to start, the boat basin site was converted into an “overlook
sitting area on the shore of the Hudson River adjacent to the promenade in
Riverside Park Extension opposite West 149 and West 150 Streets”.
Little remains of this overlook today.
Department of Parks press release, October 11, 1937.
Department of Parks press release, October 19, 1940, discussing the
pedestrian overpass at 148th Street. No mention is made of the previously
announced 148th Street boat basin. Funding source is unclear.
Department of Parks press release, January 25, 1941, the opening of the
Department of Parks press release, July 15, 1941, announcing the
completion of work on the overlook, “built by the Work Projects
Administration from plans prepared by the Department of Parks also included
drainage and lighting”.