Built in 1871, the former 32nd Precinct Mounted Police Station house at the southwest corner of Amsterdam Avenue and 152nd Street is a holdout from the days when this area was best known as Carmansville (which is the name of the public playground across the avenue). The so-called “trans-Harlem” area of upper Manhattan was a country district where mounted police were a substantial part of the force. The old precinct house is built in the French Second Empire style, its mansard roof with iron cresting still conspicuous above the relatively low-scale streetscape. Despite the NYPD vehicle in front of its entrance, the building now belongs to a local church.
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