The Story of the Harlem Speedway in Washington Heights
There are many wonderful vestiges of equine life are still visible in the city as well as tributes to the horse’s role in the history in the urban environment.
One unique equine story is that of the Harlem Speedway --a tax-payer-funded equine raceway where New York's richest raced their horses-- best viewed from the stunning span of High Bridge Park. A fabulous hike of about 2 miles with fascinating history featuring fast horses, faster women, big money and outrageous characters! As we walk our way to the High Bridge, Robin will talk about the area's Revolutionary War, Gilded Age, baseball and jazz histories, and show you magnificent street art and sculpture along the route.
The meeting spot for this tour is at 157th Street and Broadway. Robin will confirm prior to the tour. Call with any questions. Prompt step-off at 1:00pm. This tour last approximately 2 hours and requires extensive walking covering about 2 miles. Suitable for families. Museum visits are not included as part of the guided schedule, however there will be time to visit following the tour. Entrance fees to museums are not included in tour price and are the responsibility of the client.