Sunday, May 16, 2010

John Lindsay and his Triangle

There is an exhibition at the Museum of the City of New York (5th Ave. & 103rd St.) revolving around John Lindsay's two terms in office (1966-1973) as mayor of New York City. It's called America's Mayor: John V. Lindsay and the Reinvention of New York. There is a link here to the museum's web site for more information:

John V. Lindsay and the Reinvention of New York

When I was growing up the story was that Lindsay was despised by just about everyone in Queens because he didn't clear the streets fast enough after a 15-inch snowstorm, so you might expect that borough would stint on any sort of remembrance of the mayor. But it's hard to see how they could do worse than Brooklyn. Behold Lindsay Triangle":

It is at Broadway and Lorimer Street and Throop Avenue and is basically the entrance/exit to the Lorimer Street station on the J and M lines.

Well, at least in the spring, the tree looks kind of nice.

Johnny, we hardly knew you.

Downtown -- Korean War Vets Plaza

I have to correct an oversight from the last post concerning the parks along Cadman Plaza. I hopped from Columbus Park near Borough Hall to Cadman Plaza Park near the bridge without mentioning the one in between.

Korea War Veterans Plaza looking toward Tillary Street and Cadman Plaza Park

The formal entrance to this park is at Tillary Street and if you are walking from Borough Hall you may not see it (as prominent as it is) if, like I did, you simply cross Tillary Street to continue to the World War II memorial. On Saturday when I was down there again, I happened to approach it from the other direction and saw what I hadn't sen the first time.

Tillary Street at Cadman Plaza

This quiet, tree shaded park is dedicated to the veterans of the Korean War and is known as Korean War Veterans Plaza.

Tillary Street at Cadman Plaza

Along the low wall at the park entrance is a roll of honor where are inscribed the names of the Brooklyn men who lost their lives in that war.