The three gores of Brooklyn

Brooklyn always does things a little differently. In this case, it’s the only borough to feature gores—small triangular parks—and use that word on park signs. Three still exist.

The word, the Parks Department tells us, is derived from “gara,” an Old English term for corner.

True to its name, Cuyler Gore is a little triangle of green at Fulton and Cumberland Streets and Greene Avenue in Fort Greene.

At Bedford Avenue and Bergen Street in Crown Heights is Grant Gore, featuring a giant statue of General Grant.

And East Williamsburg’s Memorial Gore, honoring World War I soldiers, lies at the junction of Maspeth, Bushwick, and Metropolitan Avenues.

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9 Responses to “The three gores of Brooklyn”

  1. Force Tube Avenue Says:

    Thanks, WNY

    For a little more information, Cuyler Gore is named for Theodore L Cuyler, the first minister of the Lafayette Avenue Presbyterian Church, located about a block away, at Lafayette Avenue and South Oxford Street.

    Mr. Cuyler has a Wikipedia page, mentioning the Gore.

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Theodore_L._Cuyler

  2. wildnewyork Says:

    Thanks FT. Hmm, interesting that he was the leader of the New York Anti-Suffrage Association. I wonder what he’d think of the political landscape today.

  3. jp Says:

    There is a triangular park in manhattan: CaVaLa park at intersections of Canal Varick and Laight.

  4. wildnewyork Says:

    I mean that only in Brooklyn do they call them Gores. The rest of the city just has triangles or corner parks!

  5. petey Says:

    minetta park is also a triangle, but not a ‘gore’!

    http://www.nysonglines.com/minettast.htm

  6. wildnewyork Says:

    Minetta Park looks like a gore to me. But it doesn’t have the word in its name. Seems like only three Brooklyn triangles do, at least according to the Parks Department.

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  8. jimmyboi2 Says:

    Cool site! Enjoy these Brooklyn blogs I did after visiting recently:

    http://jimmyboi2.wordpress.com/2010/07/14/deeper-inside-brooklyn/

    http://jimmyboi2.wordpress.com/2010/07/06/part-4-beautiful-bay-ridge-brooklyn/

    http://jimmyboi2.wordpress.com/2010/06/30/brooklyn-and-beyond-a-few-travel-photos/

  9. Chelsea Says:

    Interesting! I live by Grant Gore -I assumed this term came from the little triangle pieces used to add volume when creating garments.

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