Who was the "Amiable Child" in Riverside Park, and Why Is There a Monument There?
Near Grant's Tomb stands an inscribed stone urn: "Erected to the memory of an amiable child, St. Claire Pollock. Died 15 July 1797, in the fifth year of his age." The boy was the son of George and Catherine Pollock. It's thought he died from a fall off the cliffs overlooking the Hudson River. The land became part of Riverside Park in the 1870s. As late as 1994 a neighborhood group honored his memory with a yearly ceremony.