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McCarthy Square

 
 
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By Larry Gertner, April 16, 2009
1. McCarthy Square Marker
Inscription.  The 1811 Commissioners’ Plan, the far-reaching gridiron pattern which laid out the streets and avenues of Manhattan, had little immediate impact on the western part of Greenwich Village. The grid was intended to provide a system for the orderly development of land between 14th Street and Washington Heights. However the geography of the West Village had evolved in an unregulated fashion since colonial days, emerging from marshland to farmland and then from a rural suburb to a densely-settled residential, commercial, and industrial neighborhood full of crooked streets.

Not until the 1910s and 1920s were Seventh and Eighth Avenues extended south of 14th Street. As a result, a number of small irregular parcels were created, including the traffic island at Charles Street, Waverly Place, and Seventh Avenue South. This parcel was acquired as a street and developed by the Borough President of Manhattan. In 1943, by Local Law 16, the City Council named the site in memory of Private First Class Bernard Joseph McCarthy, who was born and raised in Greenwich Village. A Marine, McCarthy was killed at Guadalcanal in the Solomon Islands in August 1942
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By Larry Gertner, August 28, 2008
2. McCarthy Square
The World's Fair flagpole and granite base. Top inscription: Brave men and worthy patriots Dear to God and famous to all ages
at the age of twenty-two. His was the first reported death of a Greenwich Village resident in the war.

McCarthy Square’s original central flagpole once stood on the grounds of the 1939-1940 World’s Fair in Flushing, Queens, but has since been replaced. After the original was moved to this site it was embellished with an inscribed base of Deer Isle granite on behalf of neighborhood residents and the Dr. George A. Hayunga Maritime Post #1069 of the American Legion. Both the park and the memorial flagstaff were dedicated in June of 1943 and pay tribute to a brave son of Greenwich Village, the first to fall for his country in World War II.

City of New York Parks and Recreation
Michael R. Bloomberg, Mayor
Adrian Benepe, Commissioner
October 2008
 
Erected 2008 by City of New York Parks and Recreation.
 
Location. 40° 44.114′ N, 74° 0.103′ W. Marker is in New York, New York, in New York County. Marker is on Seventh Avenue South near Waverly Place, on the right when traveling north. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: New York NY 10014, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Samuel Whittemore House (about 400 feet away, measured in a direct line); 242 & 244 West 4th Street (about 500 feet away); 27 Christopher Street (about 500
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By Larry Gertner, August 28, 2008
3. McCarthy Square Marker
Inscription: Erected by the residents of the vicinity and the Dr. George A. Hayunga Post 169, American Legion, to honor those serving for God and Country with the U.S. forces World War II
feet away); Stonewall Inn (about 500 feet away); a different marker also named The Stonewall Inn (about 500 feet away); Woody Guthrie (about 600 feet away); Northern Dispensary (about 600 feet away); Ephraim Ellsworth and the New York Fire Zouaves (about 600 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in New York.
 
Also see . . .  McCarthy Square. Official NYC Parks description of the monument. (Submitted on August 13, 2019, by Larry Gertner of New York, New York.) 
 
Categories. Parks & Recreational AreasRoads & VehiclesWar, World II
 
McCarthy Square Marker image. Click for full size.
By Larry Gertner, April 16, 2009
4. McCarthy Square Marker
The plaque duplicates the base's engravings.
 

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Credits. This page was last revised on August 15, 2019. This page originally submitted on August 13, 2019, by Larry Gertner of New York, New York. This page has been viewed 64 times since then. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on August 13, 2019, by Larry Gertner of New York, New York. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.
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