The Chinese Dragon of Bushwick

Maria Hernandez Park is a pretty, bustling six-acre spot in Bushwick named for a community activist who was shot to death in 1989. (Originally it was simply known as Bushwick Park, opened in 1896.)

Considering that the neighborhood went from predominantly German in the 19th century to Italian in the early 20th to Hispanic and African American today, it’s interesting that the park doors carry a Chinese dragon motif.

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