Stamped as the most dangerous park in all of NYC, Harlem’s own Marcus Garvey Park, which has been a constant fixture for all sorts of violence (drug use, sales and prostitution) in recent years, gets a spot in the Daily News—for all the wrong reasons—and kids and parents should beware. The newspaper shines light on the atrocious surroundings of the park–which, well, reminds me of the 80′s era.
A large plateau in the center of Marcus Garvey Park in Harlem has been rendered off limits, the Daily News has learned. Parents, children and seniors have been scared away by flagrant drug use, drug sales and prostitution.
The hilly, 4 -acre portion of the 20-acre park is known as a local haven for druggies — and a virtual “no-go zone” for law-abiding citizens, according to News interviews with joggers, bikers, picnickers, chess players and dog-walkers.
“I wouldn’t want my children or my grandchildren up there, I wouldn’t even want my worst enemy up there,” says 82-year-old Alma Johnson, a retired home health aide who’s lived near the park for 48 years.
Syringes, condoms, glassine envelopes, marijuana bags and other obvious drug paraphernalia were found littering the stairs, footpaths and landings in the elevated section of the park in nine separate visits over a three-month period.