• Day 25- Seneca Village Was Destroyed to Make Way for the Wealthy’s Nice Playground

    In the mid 19th century, New York decided a park was needed to appease the needs of a largely affluent group of people that were in need of a “fashionable and safe public place” for their families.  So in 1855, the city chose Seneca Village, a stretch of land along the Hudson River located between 82nd and 89th Streets and Seventh and Eighth Avenues.  Seneca Village had a population of 264 and existed from 1825 to 1857 in the area now known as Central Park.   The area may very well have been “Manhattan’s first prominent community of African American property owners”. By the 1850’s, black people in this community were 39 times…