A solitary statue before the Williamsburg Bridge

Welcome to Williamsburg Plaza, on the Brooklyn side of the 7-year-old Williamsburg Bridge, in 1910. No bus turn-arounds, no skateboarders or cyclists, and no graffiti.


And no people either. Now called Continental Army Plaza after the equestrian statue of George Washington at Valley Forge in the center, it’s still an often empty plaza and transit hub.

Washington and his horse rise high above it all before the entrance to the bridge.

[Postcard: MCNY]

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4 Responses to “A solitary statue before the Williamsburg Bridge”

  1. Greg Says:

    A nice view of the building that now, much altered, houses the El Puente organization, on the northeast corner of Roebling and South Fourth Street. It was much more handsome then with its columns intact.

    I have never seen a history of this structure, so I here undertake one. It has housed El Puente since 1982. Just prior to that, and since 1899, it housed a primarily Lithuanian Roman Catholic congregation, St. Mary of the Angels Roman Catholic Church. They in turn had purchased it from the Trinity Methodist Protestant Church, which seems to have dissolved in part over a controversy surrounded the sale of a cemetery on nearby Union Avenue which necessitated a police presence at its 1897 annual meeting.

    Trinity Methodist had moved into the building in 1887 with the merging of two existing churches. Prior to that, and I believe since the building was constructed in 1832, it housed the First Presbyterian Church (of Williamsburg, not to be confused with the Henry Street congregation). There was another Presbyterian church nearby on South Third Street.

    The building, which lost at least a couple of steeples over the course of the nineteenth century and underwent significant renovations several times, is nonetheless much older than you might expect!

  2. ephemeralnewyork Says:

    Thanks Greg–fascinating how old the church building is.

  3. same as above. Says:

    I love your ephemeral. Who the HELL are you? bill powers

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