Manhattan Step By Step

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The first parkland was acquired upon the condemnation of the Croton Aqueduct in 1895. After additional property was acquired, construction on the park began in 1906. Like the streets on its eastern and western borders, the park was named after St. Nicholas, the patron saint of Amsterdam whose likeness adorned one of the ships that brought the first Dutch settlers to New Amsterdam. Parks Commissioner Samuel Parsons designed the park himself. The park next expanded in 1909, when the park’s southern boundary was extended to 128th Street. 

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