Overlooked New York Part II: Elizabeth Berger Plaza

Only a block away from New York’s oldest park, Bowling Green, sits Elizabeth Berger Plaza. 20140415_170050This triangular, nondescript green space sits at the entry to Battery Park Tunnel and is an exit for Rector Street Station for the #1 train. 20140415_170606Berger Plaza offers potted plants, trees and benches to relax. 20140415_170150 20140415_170721Historic plaques adorn benches. 20140415_17064820140415_170826These commemorate that the location was once called Little Syria – before being displaced by the construction of the tunnel. 20140415_170004Undoubtedly a much quieter space then.20140415_170248

3 thoughts on “Overlooked New York Part II: Elizabeth Berger Plaza

  1. I’m familiar with this park for two reasons – I use this subway stop to get to my dentist and on my weekend run I go through this park on my way to Battery Park – now I know a bit of its history.

  2. More on the displacement of peoples please, especially for benign reasons like train stations and roads and military bases,..

  3. The way it was: http://www.nydailynews.com/new-york/activists-syria-cited-9-11-memorial-article-1.1347376

    What happened (courtesy of wikipedia): Little Syria was a largely Arab-American but widely diverse neighborhood that existed in the New York City borough of Manhattan from the late 1880s until the 1940s. Also called the Syrian Quarter, it encompassed Washington Street from Battery Park to above Rector Street. The enclave, in its greatest reach, overlapped with the future site of the World Trade Center – the cornerstone of St. Joseph’s Maronite Church was found in the rubble after the September 11 attacks. It declined as a neighborhood as the inhabitants became successful and moved to other areas, especially Atlantic Avenue in Brooklyn,[3] and disappeared almost entirely when a great deal of lower Washington Street was demolished to make way for entrance ramps to the Brooklyn-Battery Tunnel.

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