Bronx New Deal - Photo #292 - Joyce Kilmer Park


Joyce Kilmer Park, July 21, 2014, featuring the "Lorelei fountain" created by German sculptor Ernst Hurter for the 100th anniversary in 1897 of the birth of poet Heinrich Heine (read about it in Wikipedia). In the background: the magnificent Concourse Plaza Hotel. The New York City Department of Parks Press release, February 19, 1935 says:
The Department of Parks announces the plan for the reconstruction of Joyce Kilmer Park, north of the Bronx County Court House between Walton Avenue and the Grand Concourse and extending from 161st Street to 164th Street. The plan was prepared with the cooperation of the Borough President of the Bronx and the work will be done jointly by the Park Department and the Borough President.

Joyce Kilmer Park now consists of an area roughly rectangular in shape between 162nd Street and 164th Street and three smaller triangles separated from the large rectangular area by streets. The Grand Concourse is narrowed down at about 162nd Street by these triangles and the existence of the streets through the Park constitutes a disorderly arrangement of traffic.

The new plan calls for the continuation of the Grand Concourse through these small triangles. The panels planted with Linden trees will be also carried through to 161st Street,