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Buried Treasure

Hey, you know that ornamental fountain in Riverside Park at 76th Street, the one facing Riverside Drive with the big eagle on it? Well, did you know that about 10 feet below that fountain, buried underground, is a marble basin that served as a trough for horses? The Parks Department sure does, so they dug the thing up and are about to restore the sucker. The fountain and trough was a gift to the city from Robert Ray Hamilton, "a once-rising politician with one of the most distinguished names in American history (he was Alexander’s great-grandson) whose scandal-mired downfall could practically have been torn from contemporary headlines." [City Room]