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Leif Ericson Park in Bay Ridge, NY



Leif Ericson Park

Brooklyn, the Brooklyn of 1900 was an era where city planners built combined drives and parklands that would lead scenically from Prospect Park to outlying areas. This new development saw people moving away from crowded downtown Manhattan for greener pastures in this more natural setting with ample space available


The turn-of 20th century witnessed growth across America as cities stretched taller than ever before - but not all metropolis were equal when it came down between which direction they should go: building outward or upwards? One subtle difference has mattered greatly over time though.


A network of parks, once to be called the Bay Ridge Parkway not only because it's close by but also for its location in Brooklyn.

It would have started at Fort Hamilton Park between 66th Street and 67th street before running west all the way up through Owl’s Head Park where you'll find First Avenue then curve around what used to be Bliss Estate (now Owl's Head). The plan was extend this park even further so that there are two gorgeous public areas just minutes apart—one located on shore road.


The future Leif Ericson land in 1895, and the first completed leg of Bay Ridge Parkway project opened between 66th Street to Fourth Avenue.

The majority old postcards you can buy on eBay are various views from this narrow strip which was once a showplace for Bay Ridge neighborhoods


The city acquired their desired stretch of parkland when they purchased it at auction back in 1895 -

with around 93% going up. You may have heard stories about Brooklyn roads being bumpy but thankfully there wasn't too much traffic during construction.


The Bay Ridge Parkway was a neglected stretch of roads leading up until the Depression. It went through some rough patches during those years, such as not having proper landscaping or grading and paving for paths in some areas. There is now only one road that traces its route from Fourth Avenue all the way south to Fort Hamilton Pkyd—a serpentine-like path.


The story of how Leif Ericson Park came to be is a fascinating one, and it's all thanks to the efforts put forth by those in need during these hard financial times.

During 1930-1932 alone “the 21 acres that comprise Leif Erickson park…were transformed into parklands through emergency relief men”.


The Eagle reported referring specifically mentioning their work at Shore Road Park as well as Bensonhurst which was done with approximately 260 cubic feet worth soil excavated from these two sites where later used for landfill along side Shore road.




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