Acropolis

The Acropolis is a public gathering space that sits atop Mt. Morris in the center of Marcus Garvey Park. Built around the Harlem Fire Watchtower also known as the Mt. Morris Fire Watchtower, in 1938. Now that capital funding has been allocated to restore the Fire Watchtower the Marcus Garvey Park Alliance is taking on the restoration project to restore the Acropolis and is committed to raising the funds necessary and reclaiming the space for public use. Our goal is to restore the space and redesign it in order to accommodate a variety of uses. A series of public meetings are being hosted by the MGPA in order to determine the design features that will best suit the Harlem community, New York City Residents and tourists from around the world that come to the park  for performances in the Amphitheater or to visit the historic Fire Watchtower.

The lower tier of the Acropolis is on the North Side of Marcus Garvey Park with views North, East and West.

The lower tier of the Acropolis is on the North Side of Marcus Garvey Park with views North, East and West.

During a recent meeting a woman suggested creating an urban farm on the Acropolis which is just one of the great options to be considered for the redesign. Some of the most popular suggestions seems to be a sculpture garden or public art space, movie screenings and dance instruction. A cafe or food concession is also being considered for the space.  The reality is the space is large enough for all of these options. Events that have been held on the Acropolis have proven that it is a great place for a party.  To reclaim the Acropolis as a public space it is imperative that the space is an active space that offers people a reason to be there.

Guests at the Fire Watchtower Celebration held September 2013.

Guests at the Fire Watchtower Celebration held September 2013.

The Craig Harris band performing on the Acropolis with the Harlem Fire Watchtower in the background.

The Craig Harris band performing on the Acropolis with the Harlem Fire Watchtower in the background. Image Courtesy Harlem Sketches

The Acropolis sits approximately 70 feet above street level with 360 degree views of the surrounding Harlem neighborhoods. You can also watch the sunrise and the sunset from the Acropolis.

8 am on the Acropolis. Summer 2013

8 am on the Acropolis. Summer 2013

Sunset on the Acropolis Spring 2013

Sunset on the Acropolis Spring 2013

A view of the lower tier of the Acropolis facing west. Weddings have been held here and also the Harlem Fire Watchtower celebration honoring Council Member Inez Dickens, Manhattan Borough President and soon to be Controller Scott Stringer and Parks Deputy Commissioner Larry Scott Blackmon  who were instrumental in allocating the funds to restore the Harlem Fire Watchtower which sits on the Acropolis and is a popular tourist attraction. 

The northern plateau of the Acropolis.

The northern plateau of the Acropolis.

Event Planners setting up for an event on the Acropolis in the fall of 2013.

Tables being set up for an event being held on the Acropolis. Photo J. Alston Photography

Tables being set up for an event being held on the Acropolis. Photo J. Alston Photography

If you would like to be invited to meetings hosted by the Marcus Garvey Park Alliance to share your ideas about the redesign of the Acropolis please contact us.

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