Brooklyn Heights Blog » Cadman Plaza Park Dispatches from America's first suburb Wed, 12 Aug 2020 04:15:54 +0000 en-US hourly 1 “Juneteenth Grove” Installed at Cadman Plaza Park as NYC Parks Declares Solidarity with Black Communities Fri, 19 Jun 2020 19:07:24 +0000

Today, NYC Parks installed “Juneteenth Grove” at Cadman Plaza Park “in celebration of Juneteenth and to celebrate the homegoing of George Floyd, Ahmaud Arbery, Breonna Taylor and countless others.” The creation of Juneteenth Grove is also part of a plan to rename NYC parks in each borough in honor of Black Americans, which names will be announced on November 2, 2020.

The Juneteenth Grove installation includes 19 new flowering trees along the park’s entry path at Tillary St.

As the steward of nearly three million trees, Parks recognizes the Black community’s complicated relationship with trees—they represent thousands lynched and their roots symbolize the depth and connectivity the Black community has to this Nation. NYC Parks Commissioner Mitchell J. Silver, FAICP, today announced that the agency stands in solidarity with the Black Community and the fight to end systemic racism, and is demonstrating its commitment by taking a responsive step at addressing related issues within the park system.


Commissioner Silver added:

In my six years as commissioner I have been committed to creating safe, inclusive spaces for staff and parkgoers, alike. Striking at the heart of this commitment, we must acknowledge at this time the history of our nation, recognize the inequities laid to bare in the course of the creation of our parks system, and recommit to be active agents for change, progress, and equity. NYC Parks believes Black lives matter—our review of park names and the planting of our Juneteenth Grove is only the beginning of our renewed efforts to address inequities in our system for the city and for our employees. We are doing this, if for no other reason than, our Black lives matter.

There are also newly designed banners marking the area, as well as temporary painting of 19 existing benches in the colors of the globally recognized Pan-African Flag.



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What is Juneteenth? Henry Louis Gates, Jr. explains in a piece published in The Root that its origin came from a Union Army general’s order dated June 19, 1865 that proclaimed “The people of Texas are informed that, in accordance with a proclamation from the Executive of the United States, all slaves are free.” According to Prof. Gates, “When Maj. Gen. Gordon Granger issued the above order, he had no idea that, in establishing the Union Army’s authority over the people of Texas, he was also establishing the basis for a holiday, ‘Juneteenth’ (‘June’ plus ‘nineteenth’), today the most popular annual celebration of emancipation from slavery in the United States. After all, by the time Granger assumed command of the Department of Texas, the Confederate capital in Richmond had fallen; the ‘Executive’ to whom he referred, President Lincoln, was dead; and the 13th Amendment abolishing slavery was well on its way to ratification.” The blog recommends reading the entire piece for the full fascinating history of Juneteenth in The Root.

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Dog Poop Vigilante Redux 2020 Tue, 10 Mar 2020 01:55:12 +0000

[Warning: Do not read this while eating, or if you generally have a weak stomach.]

Long time readers may recall the dog poop vigilante of 2011 who took matters into her own hands and taped signs around two lumps of dog feces left on Hicks St. reading, “Pick up your sh*t or don’t have a dog” and “What kind of lazy person leaves dog sh*t?” Why was she driven to such extreme measures? Her one-year-old almost picked up a log with his bare hands.

This morning, while walking through Cadman park at about 9:00 a.m., I came upon a fresh, still-wet pool of dog diarrhea that showed a half-hearted, shameless, and narcissistic attempt at clean up. If you’ve ever been to Cadman park on a nice day, you’ve seen the masses of kids rolling around on the turf.

20200309_190924I mean, look at that. I couldn’t just leave that there for someone’s toddler to roll in it or grab at it. So, I marched to the field office behind the monument and spoke to a Parks worker. She was very nice and grateful for the heads up and said, “We’ll be clearing the litter soon anyway.” Not trusting how long that would take, I went back home, printed a sign, and covered up the biohazard. By that time, there were already four tiny tots toodling around on the turf.


Asked for comment, the O.G. dog poop vigilante said, “It’s nice to see that someone has carried the torch to keep curious toddlers safe from disease in the Brooklyn Heights community.”

To the very selfish, very reckless offender: The EPA classifies dog poop as a toxic pollutant in the same category as chemical and oil spills. If your dog is sick and has diarrhea, I’m guessing it’s even more hazardous. Do you really need a lesson on zoonotic diseases given the recent news?

To all dog owners who use Cadman as a dog run before 9:00 a.m.: Please look out for each other. As one reader commented in the past, “If you see sh*t, say sh*t.”


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“No Hate – No Fear” March and Demonstration Draws 20,000 Wed, 08 Jan 2020 03:10:46 +0000

Sunday’s “No Hate – No Fear” march in solidarity against anti-Semitism ended in Cadman Plaza Park, where your correspondent took the photo. The Eagle’s Ned Berke quotes the Daily News as estimating the crowd at 20,000. By the time my photo was taken, that number had probably decreased, but it was still an impressive gathering. The Eagle story has many interesting quotes from some march participants, who came from diverse backgrounds.

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March in Solidarity Against Anti-Semitism Sunday Sat, 04 Jan 2020 04:22:17 +0000

If, like me, you’ve been horrified by the recent rash of anti-Semitic violence in Brooklyn, Rockland County, the U.S., and the world, you may wish to join the march to be held this Sunday, January 5 sponsored by the UJA Federation – New York, to which “New Yorkers of every background” are invited. The march will begin at 11:00 Manhattan at Foley Square (more details at the link above), then proceed across the Brooklyn Bridge to a rally at Cadman Plaza.

Let’s “say no to hate and no to fear.”

Photo: Guy Percival/Public Domain Pictures

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Show Your Love for Cadman Plaza Park Sunday Fri, 18 Oct 2019 02:12:35 +0000

This Sunday, October 20 from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. you can join the celebration of “I Love Cadman Plaza Park Day.” You’re invited to meet at the circular garden at the south end of the Astroturf field and from there to plant daffodil bulbs as part of the New Yorkers 4 Parks Daffodil Day, and to help with weeding, raking leaves, and distributing wood chips around the trees. Wear work clothes; gloves and tools will be provided. No experience is necessary, and kids are welcome. The weather forecast is encouraging.

If you plan to attend, please RSVP to – this allows planning for how many gloves and tools to provide.

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