By Carla Zanoni
INWOOD — A fireworks display lit up the night sky in northern Manhattan Tuesday for the celebration of Fort Tryon Park's 75th anniversary.
A small group of residents gathered at the lawn at Dyckman Fields in Inwood Hill Park where tables were few, but lawn space was plenty, to catch the pyrotechnic display.
The event coincided with a fund-raising gala for the Fort Tryon Park Trust, the organization that helps maintain the park, in the park's Heather Garden. Tickets ranged from $350 to $1,000 and tables for groups of ten ran from $10,000 to $75,000.
The fireworks lasted approximately 20 minutes and were set off on the New Jersey side of the Hudson River, north of the George Washington Bridge.
City Councilman Ydanis Rodriguez watched the fireworks from Inwood Hill Park with his wife and 3-year-old daughter. He said the celebration of Fort Tryon Park marked the importance of having a historic park and museum – the Cloisters – in northern Manhattan.
“It is important for the community to have a wide variety of options for entertainment and education,” he said in Spanish.