Burning Down the House: The Mount Morris Fire Watchtower Ride

A journey to explore the only surviving cast-iron fire watchtower in NYC
A journey to explore the only surviving cast-iron fire watchtower in NYC
Friday, August 7, 2020 - 10:00
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The Mount Morris Fire Watchtower is located in Marcus Garvey Park in Harlem.  It dates back to 1857 and was one of eleven cast-ron fire watchtowers throughout the City.  When a fire was spotted, volunteers rang the large cast-iron bell to spread the word.  Pull-boxes and other technological advances made the fire watchtowers obsolete and all of them have been demolished except this one, which was protected in the middle of the Park.  This watchtower was made a NYC landmark in 1967 and was placed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1976.  The Watchtower had fallen into disrepair over the years and underwent a 5-year restoration beginning in 2014.  It reopened to the public in December 2019.

This will be about a 28 mile ride through Brooklyn, Manhattan and Queens.  We will pick up lunch at 'Sisters' Caribbean restaurant and picnic in Marcus Garvey Park.

Registered riders will be notified of the start location and a cue sheet 3 days before the ride.  All riders should come equipped with a mask, hand sanitizer, a spare tube, sunscreen, snacks and a bike in good condition.

REMEMBER:  Rides during the Pandemic are limited to 8 riders + 2 leaders.  Everyone else gets wait-listed.  Important:  You must remove yourself from the list ASAP if you no longer can make the ride (or email ride leader maguralnick@gmail.com).  Not withdrawing from the ride listing prevents others on the wait-list from participating.  Failure to notify the ride leader in advance that you can't make the ride can result in being restricted from signing up for rides in the future.



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