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Cadman Plaza Park, Brooklyn

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Cadman Plaza is a park located on the border between the Brooklyn Heights historic neighborhood and Downtown Brooklyn in New York City. Named for Reverend Doctor Samuel Parkes Cadman (1864-1936), a renowned minister in the Brooklyn Congregational Church, it is built on land reclaimed by condemnation in 1935 and was named as a park in 1939. The park borders Cadman Plaza West and Cadman Plaza East and the west and east sides of the plaza, respectively.LocationThe plaza is bounded by Cadman Plaza East and Cadman Plaza West, and by the Brooklyn Bridge on the north and Tillary Street on the south. South of this park, between Tillary and Johnson Streets, lies the small Korean War Veterans Plaza. South of Johnson, the Kings County Supreme Court Building and Columbus Park, featuring a statue of Christopher Columbus, sit on land formerly used as a station for trolley cars. These parks, together with Whitman Park, form a mall from Brooklyn Borough Hall to the Brooklyn Bridge.MemorialsGaynor MemorialA statue of William Jay Gaynor (1849–1913) is located in the northern end of Cadman Plaza Park. He was Mayor of New York City from 1910 to 1913. Beforehand, he was a journalist, a lawyer, and a New York Supreme Court justice, known for his tough stance on corruption. During his tenure as mayor, he tried to diminish the influence of Tammany Hall on city government. Gaynor was wounded in an assassination attempt by an irate former civil servant in 1913. Gaynor was also well known for his social life, and he walked over the Brooklyn Bridge to New York City Hall and back to his home in Park Slope every day.
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  • I ran across this park while staying for work at the Brooklyn Sheraton. Nothing special - pales into comparison with almost any other city park of some significance. Some weird characters are here at ...  more »
  • Now that the warmer weather is coming this is the place to stop by and sit and chill out for awhile. All sorts of places to,get food around so it's easy to get something and bring it to the park and e...  more »
  • This park is quiet most days so it’s always nice to take a walk around. Clean and spacious, the park is a good place to while away time and do people watching. The park is served by the High Street su...  more »
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  • This park is quiet most days so it’s always nice to take a walk around. Clean and spacious, the park is a good place to while away time and do people watching. The park is served by the High Street subway station (A and C trains). Visitors walking across the Brooklyn Bridge from Manhattan and are looking for attractions in Brooklyn can add this to their itinerary.
  • Love this park. Note if you I have a dog can be unleash from 9pm to 8am
  • Empty spaces and quiet ambience!
  • Open plaza with the Veterans memorial. Great place to walk dogs or play with them
  • The people watching in this park are worth the overcrowded plaza. What with the self entitled ( my baby is special therefore the $1000 stroller I'm pushing is special as well) mom's and dad's stopping smack dab in the middle of the walk way, walkers from all over NYC and the long term sitters who sit on the benches for hours on end, I still am drawn here. It's definitely a place to stop by on occasion.