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March 27, 2019

Federal Hill

There is much history associated with Federal Hill. This dates back to revolutionary times: a mass act of subordination in the Continental Army took place here on January 20, 1781, an event known as the Pompton Mutiny. The root cause was a lack of provisions and sufficient winter-ready clothing.

Several ruins of the Bergwald Nazi Bund camp can be found on Federal Hill, which operated through the 1930s and raided by the FBI in 1941. The hill is under increasing pressure from housing development and a quarry operated by Tilcon NY Inc. Algonquin Gas Transmission LLC administers a natural gas pipeline on the hill as well. As such, a large percentage of Federal Hill is within private property. Legal access to the area overlooking Riverdale is possible, though extremely difficu...

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