Landmark Fire Watchtower in Harlem’s Marcus Garvey Park will get $4M makeover

The crumbling 19th Century structure is the last remaining cast-iron watchtower  in the U.S. it is the only one remaining of eight that once constituted  Manhattan’s emergency alert system

The landmark Fire Watchtower sits behind a fence in Harlem’s Marcus Garvey Park. The crumbling structure is set to get a $4 million makeover.

The landmark Fire Watchtower sits behind a fence in Harlem’s Marcus Garvey Park. The crumbling structure is set to get a $4 million makeover.

Most New Yorkers don’t even know it exists, but a crumbling 19th century  landmark in Marcus Garvey Park is about to be turned into Harlem’s newest  sightseeing destination, thanks to a $4 million makeover that will be announced  Wednesday.

The cast-iron fire watchtower — the only one remaining of eight that  constituted Manhattan’s emergency alert system before the days of fire alarm  boxes — has been ignored for decades.

The Parks Department, Borough  President Scott Stringer and Councilwoman  Inez Dickens will each contribute more than $1 million to help rebuild the  deteriorating landmark.

“It’s the only remaining cast-iron watchtower in the United State of America,” said Manhattan Borough Parks Commissioner William Castro, whose office plans to spend $1.1 million on the project. “It’s a unique phenomenon in New York City.”

Contractors will spend the next 12 months dismantling the structure’s rusty  beams, mending the least-damaged spots and replacing the broken pieces with  fresh slabs of cast iron.

Dickens, whose office pledged nearly $2 million to rebuild the 47-foot  relic, called the allocation a “smart investment that will pay for itself many  times over.”

 “It is one of the highest points in Harlem and has special historic cachet  as the last existing structure of its kind,” the Councilwoman added. “This  project will draw visitors and serve as a community asset.”

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