Bronx New Deal - Photo #537 - Francis Lewis Park (Queens)

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Francis Lewis Park in Queens... Yes I know, this is supposed to be a Bronx New Deal gallery, but I don't go to Queens enough to have a separate Queens gallery and anyway, this park is connected to the Bronx by the Whitestone Bridge (you can see Ferry Point in the Bronx on the other side of the water).

Like Ferry Point park, Francis Lewis Park was part of the Bronx-Whitestone Bridge construction project, 1937-41. A New York Parks City Department press release on April 25, 1940, confirms that it was built by the WPA:

The Department of Parks announces that exercises in connection with the dedication of Francis Lewis Park, Third Avenue and 147 Street, Whitestone, Queens, will take place on Friday, April 26, at 3:30 P.M.

Mayor LaGuardia, Borough President Harvey of Queens, Charles U. Powell, Engineer in charge of the Queens Topographical Bureau, and Major Edmond H. Leavey, Deputy Work Projects Administrator, will participate as speakers.

Mrs, Ralph Stoddard, Regent of the Matinecock Chapter of the D.A.R., will present a bronze memorial plaque and a flag to the City; Mrs. Guy Forbes, great-great granddaughter of Francis Lewis, a signer of the Declaration of Independence and after whom the Park