“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
Queens in Queens County, New York — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)

David Dinkins Circle

Dedicated September 2, 2008

David Dinkins Circle Marker image. Click for full size.
By Larry Gertner, July 13, 2013
1. David Dinkins Circle Marker
David Dinkins
The 106th Mayor of the City of New York and the first African-American to hold that position. Dinkins distinguished himself as an attorney, New York State Assemblyman, New York City Board of Elections President, City Clerk, and Manhattan Borough president before his 1989 election to the mayoralty. A professor at the School of International and Public Affairs at Columbia University since 1994, he has served as a member of New York City Global Partners and the Council of Foreign Relations. He has also served on boards of directors of many non-profit institutions, including Children’s Health Fund, National Black Leadership Commission on AIDS, and Coalition for the Homeless.
A tennis player and fan, Dinkins is a lifetime member of the USTA and the American Tennis Association and has served six two-year terms on the USTA Board of Directors. He has also served on the boards of USTA Serves, the Professional Tennis Registry, the New York Junior Tennis League, NYJTL Youth Centers, Inc., and the New York City Sports Commission, and has been inducted into the USTA Eastern Section’s Hall of Fame. Dinkins assumed a leading role among city business and civic leaders during the 1970’s in facilitating relocations of the US Open to the USTA National Tennis Center at Flushing Meadows Park. Later, as Mayor, his vision and leadership
David Dinkins Circle image. Click for full size.
By Larry Gertner, July 13, 2013
2. David Dinkins Circle
The former Gotham Plaza at the foot of the park entrance is now the David Dinkins Circle, containing representations from both fairs. This is the Trilon and Perispere from 1939-40. The marker is visible in the right background.
were instrumental in keeping the US Open in New York, as he negotiated a 99-year lease with the USTA and helped to arrange financing to expand the event and construct Arthur Ashe Stadium.
Dinkins’ unwavering support has helped to make the US Open one of the world’s greatest sporting events – a showcase for the sport of tennis and for the City of New York.

Erected 2008.
Location. 40° 45.067′ N, 73° 50.575′ W. Marker is in Queens, New York, in Queens County. Marker can be reached from New York Avenue. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Corona NY 11368, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Flushing Meadows Corona Park (within shouting distance of this marker); George Washington (approx. 0.2 miles away); Column of Gerash (approx. 0.3 miles away); William A. Shea Municipal Stadium (was approx. 0.3 miles away but has been reported missing. ); Unisphere (approx. 0.3 miles away); NYC Bomb and Forgery Squad Explosion Memorial (approx. 0.4 miles away); Tsunami Memorial (approx. 0.4 miles away); Theaterama (approx. half a mile away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Queens.
Regarding David Dinkins Circle. The marker in in Flushing Meadows Park, site
David Dinkins Circle image. Click for full size.
By Larry Gertner, July 13, 2013
3. David Dinkins Circle
One of the mosaics surrounding the circle.
of the 1965-65 World's Fair.
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Credits. This page was last revised on September 26, 2017. This page originally submitted on September 24, 2017, by Larry Gertner of New York, New York. This page has been viewed 65 times since then and 22 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on September 24, 2017, by Larry Gertner of New York, New York. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.
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