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Hackett Park

West 254 Street

Bound by West 254th Street, Riverdale Avenue, and the Henry Hudson Parkway, this park honors the achievements of educator Dr. Frank S. Hackett (1878-1952). Hackett was born in Albany, New York, the son of Bartholomew, a draftsman, and Elizabeth Clark, a dressmaker. He attended Trinity High School and was admitted to Columbia University. Following graduation, Hackett remained at his alma mater, becoming an English instructor. After a brief period working for a publisher, he served as Assistant Headmaster of the Berkeley School, located on East 43rd Street, between 1905 and 1907. In 1907, Hackett founded the Bronx-based Riverdale Country School with his first wife, Francis Dean Allen. (Together, the Hacketts had six children: Allen, Stephen, Daniel, Frederick, Robert, and Elizabeth.) Located near present-day Riverdale Park, the private school opened with a budget of $500, four teachers, and twelve male students. The school was founded on Dr. Hackett's innovative "...


Erin Toner

Saturday, June 9, 2018
A quiet, secluded park with a small sand dog run. Not well maintained, very overgrown which is sad cuz it's such a cozy relaxing spot with lots of benches

Jeremy Naraine

Wednesday, June 13, 2018
Very nice park on a sunny morning

Tyler Hill

Sunday, Feb. 19, 2017
The park that DSNY forgot. Overgrown with weeds, overflowing trash bins, drunks sleeping it off on the benches in the morning. And, what's weird, is that many of the benches face away from the park and towards a noisy polluted highway from some reason. It has a dirt patch surrounded by chicken wire that the dog walkers use to run their dogs.

robert marshall

Saturday, Sep. 30, 2017

Jeremy Naraine

Saturday, Dec. 26, 2015
It's a very quiet park

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