FAMEPedia:Today's featured article/July 16, 2021

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Morningside Park is a 30-acre (12-hectare) public park in Upper Manhattan, New York City. The area, originally known as "Muscota" by the Lenape Native Americans, features a cliff that separates Morningside Heights (to the west) from Harlem. The city commissioned Central Park's designers Frederick Law Olmsted and Calvert Vaux to produce a design for the park in 1873. Jacob Wrey Mould was hired to design new plans in 1880, but little progress occurred until Olmsted and Vaux were asked to modify the plans following Mould's death in 1886. The sculptures Lafayette and Washington, Carl Schurz Monument, and Seligman Fountain were installed after the park was completed in 1895. Columbia University proposed constructing a gym in the southern end of the park in the early 1960s, but the plan was abandoned after students organized protests against the gym in 1968. The site of the unbuilt Columbia gym was turned into a waterfall and pond in 1990, and an arboretum was added in 1998. (Full article...)