Untermyer Park, a peaceful park with a scary past
Untermyer Park - Yonkers - NY Travel Blog› entry 892 of 1090 › view all entries
After a storm, a blizzard, and freezing nights it was all of a sudden beautiful weather again. Sunny skies and temperatures almost as high as 20° C (upper 60s F). Normally I would go out of the city for a nice hike. Today I faced a bit of a dilemma, would I go an burn precious fuel or just stay. It turned out the first option, but, I decided to stay close to the city and went to the first city north of New York, the city of Yonkers. Yonkers is the fourth largest city of New York State and its name is derived from the Dutch word Jonker (noble man), named after the Dutch jonkheer Adriaan van der Donck who purchased the area in 1645.
In the past Yonkers was home to many very rich people who had built quite impressive estates along the elevated Hudson river banks.
Apart from a huge mansion Untermyer, who was an avid and knowledgeable gardener, had a huge walled in garden added to his estate. Completed with statues, roman pillars, reflecting ponds, etc. He also had, for the marriage of his daughter, a huge waterfall like structure built, complete with caves, huge boulders, and a cast iron gazebo.
I started my visit with the walled in garden. From both the outside and the inside it reminded me of La Alhambra in Granada, Spain. In summer it must be really nice. The remainder of the park is pretty big, and very wooded. Deer were everywhere, I encountered a huge male deer which did not run away, but kept an eye on me.
Everywhere I walked I could see something from the past, several pillars, a viewpoint, a large stair downhill, and a completely grafittied gate house. The temple of love also still exists. Unfortunately it has also been grafittied which gives it a bit of a morbid atmosphere.
More pictures below! Deze fake-tekst heb ik toegevoegd om net iets meer regels te genereren zodat deze rare website toestaat