The Broadway Malls
125th to 155th Streets
The dramatic span of the #1 subway trestle across the Manhattan valley temporarily interrupts the Broadway Malls. 125th St., recently named one of “America’s Ten Greatest Streets” by the American Planning Association is the gateway to famous Harlem attractions such as the Apollo Theatre and the Studio Museum.
This area’s neighborhoods reflect its rich history. Hamilton Heights, lies east of Broadway and was once the site of Alexander Hamilton’s summer home, built in 1801 when the area was a sparsely developed suburb of the city. Currently under renovation, his home, “The Grange,” is scheduled to reopen to the public in 2010.
A little further north is The Sugar Hill Historic District, named after the so called “sweet life” of its residents who included W.E.B.DuBois, Thurgood Marshall, Paul Robeson and Count Basie.
Plaques on Broadway at 148th and 153rd streets mark locations of important lines of defense in the Battle of Fort Washington during the Revolutionary War.
What’s in bloom?
The Gateway Mall
Designed by public garden designer, Lynden Miller in 2006, the mall from 135th to 136th streets is the gateway mall to West Harlem. Bold plantings in the end beds of golden yellow Yucca ‘Color Guard’ and Berberis ‘Royal Burgundy’ draw your eye as you reach the top of the rise in the northbound lane of Broadway. Yellow broom and red Knock Out shrub roses carry the color theme into summer.
June blooming Rosa ‘Iceberg’ is planted in mass in the Broadway Mall at Trinity Church Cemetery between 153rd and 155th Streets. A pure white Floribunda rose, ‘Iceberg’ is a distinctive element of this unique double length mall, designed in 2008 by landscape designer Anne Warner Linville. White flowering plants and green foliage replicate the cool and contrasting effect of the adjacent Cemetery’s verdant setting and white marble gravestones. Variegated foliage of Cornus ‘Ivory Halo’, Liriope ‘Silver Dragon’ and Solomon’s Seal repeats this theme.
The Broadway Malls were among the sites chosen for the first plantings to inaugurate the Heritage Rose District of New York City. The first of its kind in the country, the Heritage Rose District is a collaborative project of Manhattan Borough President Scott M. Stringer and the Heritage Rose Foundation. Inspired by recent plantings of heritage rose bushes at the graves of notable New Yorkers interred in Trinity Church Cemetery, community leaders conceived of the Heritage Rose District as a means to strengthen the public’s ties to the rich heritage of Washington Heights and West Harlem and to raise the visibility of these neighborhoods.
Among the heritage roses planted in the Broadway malls is ‘Audubon’ a red rose celebrating the famed naturalist John James Audubon whose estate became Trinity Church Cemetery in the mid 19th century.