Shorakkopoch Rock, marking the site where Peter Minuit “bought” Manhattan.
from Wiki “Legend has it that under a tulip tree in the park Peter Minuit, Director General of New Netherland, ‘purchased’ Manhattan from the a band of Native Americans in 1626 for the Dutch West India Company; the purchase price being a shipment of goods worth 60 guilders. The tree, the largest tulip on the island, survived for centuries until it was felled by a storm in 1933. Until the 1950s the base of the tree under which this transaction allegedly took place was still to be seen, surrounded by a large iron fence, but as it rotted it was finally removed and a boulder (Shorakkopoch Rock) and plaque replaced it.”
WPA workers installing paved and lined paths in 1938
The Spuyten Duyvil creek boat basin c.1930