Join me on Saturday, May 8th at 3pm for an Instagram Live walk (my first ever!) as part of the annual Jane’s Walk NYC festival. Titled “Instagram Live Walk: The Harlem River Speedway Then and Now,” I will be giving a live virtual tour of the Harlem River Greenway in Manhattan which was once part of the old, famed Harlem River Speedway where the city’s wealthy escaped to enjoy horse racing, the adjacent parks, and other activities along the Harlem River. Participation is free. Learn more and register here.
Below are two wonderful images from about 1905 that I found at Shorpy.com, an historical photo archive website. On the left is Highbridge Park and the Harlem River Speedway (the Harlem River Drive today) and dominating the center is the beautiful Washington Bridge. I love the carriages!
Here are two more fascinating photographs of athletic competitions at and nearby the Harlem River during the turn of the last century. Amazing images!