…Brooklyn’s Historic Visual Corridor….
… will not exist in two years…
Petition to Save the VIEW…. http://chng.it/ryWxHMZY
After ceding control of Central Park to their detractors,
Frederick Law Olmsted and Calvert Vaux
created THEIR own park … the BROOKLYN PARK …
First they built the PLAZA … and defined its AXIS.
They planned Prospect Park to serve many, many Brooklyn generations. But first, they planned this amazing view along the Plaza’s axis for your grand-children’s grand-children.
A park should be planned “with constant consideration of exterior objects, some of them quite at a distance and even existing as yet only in the imagination of the painter.” Olmsted 1870
*** Threatened by Atlantic Yard’s 219’ Building 6 ***
The ground at Cumberland and Atlantic is being prepared.
While the Arch is shrouded for renovation over the next two years, Building 6 will eclipse the masterpiece of our artists.
You may have never noticed this view on your many visits.
The view’s existence has been kept quiet. Now it will vanish.
“It is the duty of government to provide means of protection for all its citizens in the pursuit of happiness against the obstacles which the selfishness of individuals or combinations of individuals is liable to interpose to that pursuit.” Olmsted, August 1865
Participatory Budgeting Proposal – 2014
Grand Army Plaza 150th Anniversary, October 19, 2017
Preserve ‘The View’ – The Crown Jewel of the Prospect Park Masterpiece
1. Raise awareness of historic and beautiful view from Prospect Park,
based upon the design of Frederick Law Olmsted and Calvert Vaux.
Viewed from the base of a lamppost on the median of the roadway leading into Prospect Park, the Empire State Building appears to touch the keystone of the Civil War memorial arch, bisecting the arch at a 90-degree angle. The lamppost, the arch, Bailey Fountain and the Empire State Building are all aligned along the axis of Grand Army Plaza.
a. ‘Scenic View’ plaque on the lamppost, the sole vantage point.
b. Nightly Illumination of Bailey Fountain.
The fountain was built at the same time as the Empire State Building. A night, the tower would seem to float directly above Wisdom and Felicity, the adult figures on top of the fountain.
2. Make Grand Army Plaza the focus of wide public attention due to its historic
role in documenting America’s continuing commitment to Civil Rights.
Propose first addition to Grand Army Plaza since 1965, fifty years ago, when memorial
bust of John F. Kennedy was unveiled near the spot where the first statue dedicated to
Abraham Lincoln stood from 1869 (twenty years before arch) until 1895.
c. Memorials of Dwight Eisenhower and Lyndon Johnson should be in Plaza.
Eisenhower enforced integration of the Armed Forces, Federal Government and Washington D.C. He appointed Earl Warren Chief Justice of Supreme Court, which, a year later ruled racial segregation Unconstitutional (Brown V Board of Education) overturning 1896 Plessy V Ferguson and 60 years of ‘Jim Crow.’ He sent Federal troops to enforce integration in Little Rock, making an exception to Hayes’ 1878 Posse Comitatus Act which had aborted Reconstruction. Johnson signed the 1964 Civil Rights Act, the 1965 Voting Rights Act, the 1968 Fair Housing Act, waged “War on Poverty” and appointed Thurgood Marshall as the first black Supreme Court Justice.
d. Restore John Howard Payne monument on Sullivan Hill.
Paine’s 1823 “Home Sweet Home” was sung at the White House in 1862 as the Lincolns’ mourned their son Willie, and became a Civil War standard. The Payne monument, unveiled in 1873, was vandalized and removed in 1973. Sullivan Hill is a southern extension of the axis of the Plaza.
3. The painted crosswalk joining Grand Army Plaza to Prospect Park has deteriorated.
It should be brightly repainted or replaced by a textured roadbed, inviting visitors to the Plaza.