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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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TripAdvisor
  • not much to do or see, but the courthouse and post office. but it's a nice walk by place on your way to Brooklyn Bridge or Montague St. in Brooklyn Heights.  more »
  • ITS great how you can seat at a park in the middle of one of the most populated cities in the world and still be in a super quiet place to still a kiss or take a break. Bring your snack and enjoy.  more »
  • Not much going on. I see kids playing soccer or running around, but not much more. The federal court is right across the street as well as local diners.  more »
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  • 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.
  • Very nice and shady park, clean and not too crowded. Good for walking and running, no kiddie play areas
  • Nice park to sit. Tuesdays and Thursdays there are farmer market vendors.
  • My purpose of going there is to walk my dog. So it completely good for that- you can always find shadow there and play in the grass. Woof approved :))
  • Beautiful community park in the middle of Brooklyn. Near dumbo too. Nice place to sit, relax and have a bag lunch.