Posts Tagged ‘Freedom Place’

The story behind a little-known West Side street

April 24, 2009

Freedom Place runs just four blocks—from 66th to 70th Streets between West End Avenue and Riverside Drive.

freedomplacesign1It’s quiet and mostly residential, sided by various fortress-like post-war apartment houses.

Yet it didn’t exist until 1967, when it was carved out of a piece of what was then dubbed the “Lincoln Center urban renewal area” to honor three civil rights workers murdered in Mississippi in 1964.

Two of them, Andrew Goodman and Michael Schwerner, were New Yorkers.


This unassuming plaque is on the corner of Freedom and 70th Street. In the early 1990s there was talk of building a monument to the murdered men, but it never happened.