Thursday, June 4, 2009

☞ Introducing: Winfield Scott Hancock

In passing the triangular island at St. Nicholas and 123rd Street, one might notice a small park with a central bronze statue marked "Hancock." This park, dedicated to Winfield Scott Hancock in 1893, is in honor of this Civil War hero who would later run for President of the United States. Although he lost by a narrow margin, many still admired W. H. Hancock, including the Board of Alderman who acquired the plot of land that would be christened Hancock Place. The park, although small, has a lush wild quality to it, which provides an interesting contrast against some of the newer constructions up the block. Take the A,B,C,D train to 125th Street and walk south to St. Nicholas and 123rd Street.

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