Highbridge Park sits between Amsterdam Avenue and the Harlem River in Washington Heights. For residents, it is a nostalgic part of the neighborhood and for opioid users, it is an oasis where they can escape.
Follow the stories of individuals directly and indirectly impacted by addiction in the park.
Voices of the Opioid Epidemic
by Farnoush Amiri & Monay Robinson
Hear from Stroker, a user who has been coming to the park since 1975 and Richie, a lifelong resident of Washington Heights.
Photo by Stella Levantesi
A Walk Through Highbridge Park with Billy Garcia
by Alessandra Rincón & Lauren Garry
Billy Garcia gives a tour of Highbridge Park and discusses the issues regarding the homeless population that inhabit the park and what he and The Corner Project do to aid these residents.
Looking Through the Lens: Remnants of Highbridge Park
A Family Affected
by Lauren Garry
Armando Malik Garcia shares his journey with heroin addiction and how his family has been affected by the opioid crisis.
Redemption in High Bridge Park, Three Years Later
By Sarah Daoui
Chronicles the experience of Juliana and Cassandra Garcia visiting High Bridge Park, with their father, Malik Garcia, three years after he’s overcome addiction. Through love, tenacity, and integrity, Malik navigates the site of where he admits to previously using heroin on a daily basis; educating his daughters on the dangers of addiction along the way.