BROWER PARK NAMING IN BROOKLYN DOCUMENTS Crown Heights SIGNED MAYOR JOHN HYLAN For Sale
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BROWER PARK NAMING IN BROOKLYN DOCUMENTS Crown Heights SIGNED MAYOR JOHN HYLAN:
Framed set of three documents changing the name of Bedford Park in Brooklyn to Brower Park, after George V. Brower, who was Parks Commissioner from 1889-1894 and again from 1898-1901
The piece measures 15" x 30" and came from the estate of the daughter of George E. Brower, granddaughter of George V. Brower. The frame is original and is very worn on the surfaces (mostly paint wear), giving it quite a bit of character, and the paper on the rear of the frame is torn up and fragile
This consists of three documents from the Board of Alderman and they changed the name of Bedford Park in Crown Heights, Brooklyn to Brower Park. Please see my other listing with a Franklin D. Roosevelt signature making the son of this Browerthe District Attorney in Brooklyn.
The first document appears to be a proposal to name the Park "after former Park Commissioner Brower of the old City of Brooklyn whose name is associated conspicuously and honorable with the development of Brooklyn's park system." It is signed by 9 Alderman
The second document reflects that the name has been changed and "shall hereafter be known and designated asBrower Park.
The third document was submitted by Alderman Campbell on April 24, 1923 and was signed by the County Clerk and also on May 4, 1923 by Mayor John F. Hylan
John Francis Hylan (April 20, 1868– January 12, 1936), nicknamed "Red Mike",was the 96th Mayor of New York City from1918 to 1925.
If you live in one of those gorgeous brownstones facing the park, this is for you. You will never come across this again and it is only a matter of time before this section of Brooklyn has the same demand as the other sections of limestone buildings.Brower ParkLocated in the heart of Crown Heights, Brower Park has been an outstanding educational and recreational resource for children for over a century. The City of Brooklyn purchased what is now the southern portion of the park in 1892 and improved the property within two years. The 1894 Annual Report of the Brooklyn Department of Parks boasted that "Its [the site's] natural advantages were many, and it is now one of the prettiest small parks in the City." Rolling terrain, dense shrubs, robust native trees, curving walks, and an iron ornamental fence contributed to the beauty of what was then called Bedford Park. Brooklyn Children's Museum opened in the William Newton Adams House in 1899. With hands-on exhibits, demonstrations, field trips, workshops, and school visits-all specifically arranged for children-this museum was the first of its kind in the world. A parcel to the north of the park was acquired in 1923, and the Brooklyn Children's Museum expanded into the L.C. Smith House by the late 1920s. An elegant, classically-inspired comfort station was erected in 1905, and a World War I memorial was dedicated in Bedford Park in 1919. In 1923 the Board of Aldermen renamed the park for layer and Parks Commissioner George V. Brower (1839?-1921). Although he was born in Paterson, New Jersey, Brower was a member of an old Brooklyn family. He served as an apprentice to a Pennsylvania judge and moved to Brooklyn in 1867 to practice law. Brower was General Appraiser of the Port of New York from 1880 to 1884, and he was a Parks Commissioner from 1889 to 1894 fand from 1898 to 1901. He was instrumental in acquiring Red Hook, Fort Hamilton, and Sunset Parks in Brooklyn and "Brooklyn Forest," now Forest Park in Queens. Brower died in his home, at 1084 Park Place directly south of the park, in 1921. Brower Park continued to evolve. Reconstruction activity in 1936 reconfigured the paths and added drinking fountains, benches, and a playground. Additional parkland was purchased in 1947, the George V. Brower School (P.S. 289) opened its doors in 1958, and the bed of Prospect Place was closed between Brooklyn and Kingston Avenues, uniting the north and south portions of the park. In the 1950s a new playground and handball courts were constructed.
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