Memorial Gore


Memorial Gore

A “gore” refers to a small triangular park whose word has its origins in Old English “gara” meaning “corner” and Brooklyn is the only borough to feature gores—of which only three still exist!

One of which is Williamsburg’s Memorial Gore. Located at the intersection of Bushwick, Maspeth, and Metropolitan Avenues, it is a small piece of land purchased in 1894 for the unlikely sum of $2,500.  

Dedicated in 1920 by the American Legion, it serves as a monument to the neighborhood soldiers who died in World War I. 

The World War Memorial, which is the centerpiece of the park, was sculpted by the famous Italian Piccirilli Brothers of Lincoln Memorial in Washington, D.C. The fifteen-foot triangular shaft tower is topped by a marble ball, which in turn serves as a perch for a bronze eagle.

Sadly, in the mid-1980s, the bronze eagle was stolen. But local residents Guido and Tish Cianciotta got involved. They raised funds to have the eagle replaced and founded Friends of Memorial Gore. 

While on a very busy street, Memorial Gore feels like a stately garden having been added to the greenstreets program, which awarded the small plaza with several rounds of funding beginning in 1999. Since then, the area has seen new sidewalks, pavement, seating, safety features, and plantings.

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Located directly under the Kosciuszko Bridge and called “Under the K Bridge Park,” the new park converts a formerly abandoned site into a vibrant seven-acre open space that invites the public to a little-known waterfront of Newtown Creek.

The space, designed by Toronto- based landscape architecture firm PUBLIC WORK, features expansive multi-purpose sections for recreation, culture, and woodland areas where more than 20,000 trees and native plant species now grow.

Under the soaring Kosciuszko Bridge columns, our “El-space” grows from 40 feet to as much as 100 feet in height. Distinguishing itself with massive industrial “rooms” connected by a continuous beam of light that runs the park’s length, creating what we call a “solar slice.”.

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