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Bowling Green Fence
Landmarks of New York
 
Bowling Green Fence Marker Photo, Click for full size
By Bill Coughlin, November 5, 2008
1. Bowling Green Fence Marker
 
Inscription. Erected by the Common Council in 1771, this fence surrounds New York’s earliest park. The park was leased in 1733 for use as a bowling green at a rental of one peppercorn a year. Patriots, who in 1776 destroyed an equestrian statue of George III which stood here, are said to have removed the crowns which capped the fence posts but the fence itself remains.
 
Erected 1964 by New York Community Trust.
 
Location. 40° 42.282′ N, 74° 0.823′ W. Marker is in New York, New York, in New York County. Marker is at the intersection of Bowling Green Drive and Broadway, on the left when traveling east on Bowling Green Drive. Click for map. Marker is in this post office area: New York NY 10004, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Fort Amsterdam (a few steps from this marker); Peter Caesar Alberti (a few steps from this marker); Bowling Green (a few steps from this marker); Alexander Hamilton U.S. Custom House / National Museum of the American Indian (a few steps from this marker); American Merchant Marine (within shouting distance of this marker); George T. Delacorte (within shouting distance of this marker); a different marker also named Fort Amsterdam (within shouting distance of this marker); Beaver’s Path (within shouting distance of this marker). Click for a list of all markers in New York.
 
Marker at Bowling Green Photo, Click for full size
By Bill Coughlin, November 5, 2008
2. Marker at Bowling Green
The marker is located on the fence, to the left of the entrance to the park.
 

 
Also see . . .
1. Bowling Green. Statue Of King George III Pulled Down, Melted To Make Bullets For Patriots. New York Freedom Trail website. (Submitted on November 21, 2008, by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey.) 

2. Harbor History. Bowling Green: The Birthplace of New York. (Submitted on November 21, 2008, by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey.)
3. The Trust's "Landmarks of New York". A long-time crusader for preservation, the Municipal Art Society joined with The Trust in 1956 to begin the “Landmarks of New York” project. (Submitted on October 27, 2009.) 
 
Bowling Green Photo, Click for full size
By Bill Coughlin, November 5, 2008
3. Bowling Green
This photo looks south into Bowling Green park, on the opposite side of the park from the marker.
 
 
Tail Fragment from Statue of George III Photo, Click for full size
By Bill Coughlin, August 12, 2008
4. Tail Fragment from Statue of George III
This is the tail fragment of the statue of King George III that was pulled down at Bowling Green on July 9, 1777. This reproduction is on display at the Yorktown Victory Center.
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on November 21, 2008, by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey. This page has been viewed 999 times since then. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on November 21, 2008, by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey.
 
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