The war memorials lining Eastern Parkway

Eastern Parkway, the grand boulevard that cuts through Crown Heights from Prospect Park, was conceived in 1866 as the nation’s first parkway.

Flanked by pedestrian malls for riding and strolling, this two-mile road features lovely towering elms lining the malls.

Eastern Parkway took on a more somber tone, however, after World War I, when Brooklyn residents began putting up plaques and planting trees honoring the borough’s war dead.

Today, these plaques aren’t always easy to find. Many were removed over the years because they damaged trees. Others became victims of the elements.

But after a restoration a few years ago, some are visible in the grass again—ghostly reminders of Brooklyn’s sacrifice and valor.

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3 Responses to “The war memorials lining Eastern Parkway”

  1. Eric S Says:

    This is great! Never noticed those. Did you know that there were original plans (I believe by Olmsted and Vaux) to create an entire network of parkways throughout BK? The only ones to materialize, of course, were Eastern and Ocean, and I guess Ft Hamilton, even though that one shouldn’t really count.

  2. wildnewyork Says:

    Yeah, those guys were visionaries. We need more designers and architects like them! I think I know one….

  3. From The New York Shitty Inbox: Plaques At 80 Franklin Street? « newyorkshitty.com Says:

    [...] died and been torn out, but a few of the plaques still remain.  You can read more about them here: http://ephemeralnewyork.wordpress.com/2010/05/29/the-war-memorials-lining-eastern-parkway/ I’m not sure how they ended up in Greenpoint though.  Maybe living relatives of the deceased [...]

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