Note: This is the 17th installment of WCBS 880’s Black History Month series. For other articles, click here.
NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — Walk through Central Park today and you’ll see no trace — except for a plaque on West Drive near 85th Street — of where a thriving community of African-Americans and some German and Irish immigrants once stood.
It was called Seneca Village. Blacks had bought the land 30 years before. But when the city decided to build Central Park in the 1850s, the settlement was eradicated and its residents were scattered, WCBS 880’s Jane Tillman Irving reported.