Inwood Hill park with its mixed growth, unremoved detritus, carefully placed paths and mindfully neglected infrastructure is the prototypical suburban park. A walk through these woods feels not much different than a walk through any other woods in Northern New Jersey or Southern New York. Scattered throughout Inwood Hill Park are the remnants of infrastructure. There are circumferential roads. Convenient stairs. Rock walks delimiting plots Building foundations appropriate distances from what once could have been a driveway. And hydrants.
At first glance the hydrants seem lost, like Lower East Side drunks after closing time, but when asked they speak of an unwavering duty to memory long forgotten.
These are their stories.