Gorman Park

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Gorman Park is a 1.89-acre (0.76 ha) park in Washington Heights, Manhattan, New York City.[1] It is bounded by Broadway on the west and Wadsworth Terrace on the east and stretches from 188th to 190th Streets. The land rises more than a hundred feet in a steep incline from Broadway to Wadsworth Terrace. The park features a path that winds upward among trees.

The park is named after the wife of Mr. Charles Webb (a real estate investor and Yale graduate), Ms. Gertie Emily Gorman, who died September 25, 1923, less than a year after they married. Many of Gorman's relatives and friends suspected that Webb had poisoned his wife, though a toxicology investigation did not find evidence of such poisoning. For five years, a dispute developed around a will by Gorman, dated August 21, 1923, which left her entire estate to her husband and superseded a will that would have divided the proceeds among her relatives. Webb donated the land to the city in 1929 in honor of both his wife and her mother. A stone wall features an inscription dedicating the park to "Gertie A. Gorman", as his wife had wished.[2]

In 2011 it became the focus of a local zoning and land use dispute when Quadriad Realty Partners proposed to build new residential towers taller than the by-right zoning rules permit on a vacant lot adjacent to the park in exchange for adding land to the park and thoroughly renovating it.[3]


  1. ^ "Gorman Park". NYC Dept. of Parks & Recreation. Retrieved 27 July 2017.
  2. ^ "Answers to Questions About New York City Parks". The New York Times. September 7, 2014. Retrieved May 29, 2019.
  3. ^ Pazmiño, Gloria (June 14, 2011). "Quadriad developers continue to address community concerns". Manhattan Times. Archived from the original on August 14, 2011. Retrieved 2011-07-06.

Coordinates: 40°51′21″N 73°55′57″W / 40.85583°N 73.93250°W / 40.85583; -73.93250