My Neighborhood – The Upper West Side, Manhattan

One block from my apartment is a huge attractive nuisance of a rock pile in Riverside Park at W 82d Street.


Every child who visits chez Donsky feels compelled to climb the dangerous rocks to my great dismay. Deeply embedded at the base of the rocks is a bronze plate commemorating Cyrus Clark (1830-1909).


Clark was a prominent businessman who lobbied for the interests of our neighborhood. A neighborhood association dedicated the plaque to him in 1911.

I like this plaque because it is so substantial, so deeply embedded in the giant rocks. Thousands of years from now when New York City is entirely under water, archeologists will find this plaque dedicated to a man who is not even given a mention in Wikipedia. 

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