Strolling through Riverside Park to Grant’s Tomb

A few solitary, turn-of-the-century New Yorkers took advantage of the quiet, lovely paths of the upper portion of Riverside Park in this vintage postcard.

Grant’s Tomb, opened to much fanfare in 1897, looms ahead.

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The road beside the Hudson River looks more like the Henry Hudson Parkway, not Riverside Drive, no?

Up ahead, north of Grant’s Tomb, lies another little-known tomb of a child that still exists today.

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10 Responses to “Strolling through Riverside Park to Grant’s Tomb”

  1. Gary Says:

    Looks even more like a railroad to me.

  2. Paul Ruoso Says:

    Agreed, Gary,

  3. Jack Womack Says:

    That is the railroad, the west side tracks. The park path you see is the one now on the upper level — the tracks were all covered by the flat part of Riverside Park & the WS Highway when Moses rebuilt it all in the 1930s, doubling or more its width.

  4. ephemeralnewyork Says:

    That makes sense. It does look a little funny for a road….

  5. Laura4NYC Says:

    I’ve never been there. I will have to check it out! Especially now that the weather is nice.

  6. Ellen Levitt Says:

    The boy’s first name was St. Clair.

    • Annie Haddad Says:

      One of my favorite spots on the Upper West Side. If you continue past behind Grant’s Tomb and Claremont Playground (the former site of the Claremont Inn) there’s a lovely overlook with benches and beautiful river views.

  7. Paul Ruoso Says:

    Another incredible feat by Mr. Moses. To deck over the entire stretch of rails, while maintaining rail operations simultaneously, I am sure. Then to put a roadway and the earth on top of this waterproofed vault …stupendous!

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