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My Neighborhood – Gravesend, Brooklyn

Memorial for Leonora Lavaud

The streetlamp on the corner of Avenue U and East 5th Street in Brooklyn, NY serves as a memorial for Leonora Lavaud who died on January 05, 2013 in a major car accident. That accident also took lives of two other people as well. One of the drivers was a 21-year-old kid who sped through a red light and caused multiple car collisions. Though it was around 6 a.m. on Saturday morning, the streets were not as empty as someone may assume.

Although it has been over a year since the deadly accident, Leonora is still remembered. The streetlamp still has her picture with a heart on it:


I remember coming to work that Monday and hearing about the accident. That day, the corner had hundreds of candles and flowers for those who passed. It saddens me to know that all it takes is a run through the red light.

My Neighborhood – Gravesend, Brooklyn

Lady Moody Triangle

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Lady Deborah Moody (ca.1583-1659) was a wealthy woman who settled in Brooklyn in 1645. She is known to be “the first woman in the New World to receive a land patent,” as well as the founder of the town Gravesend. This triangle is also dedicated to the  World War II casualties:

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On October 4, 1987, a time capsule was placed nearby but it is unknown whether it was ever dig up.

During the warm days I love the sight of the park being used by many book readers. However, my favorite time to enjoy the park is during the Christmas holiday season. NYC parks decorates a Christmas tree with lights and music. That’s the holiday mood right there! And during this time of year no day can be a “moody” day.

My Neighborhood – Midwood, Brooklyn

9/11 Memorial

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This memorial is located at 23rd Avenue and 59th Street in Brooklyn, NY. It honors those who lost their lives on September 11, 2001. You can’t find this triangle on the map or on the internet; you just have to know that it’s there. It has been almost 14 years since the tragic events took place but we will always remember.

I was 13 years old when the Twin Towers were attacked. When I came home I couldn’t stop crying for all of those who were there. Many of my friends lost their relatives that day, and those who barely escaped will never be the same people.

My Neighborhood – Midwood, Brooklyn

Bishop Kearney High School

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This high school is located on 60th Street by Bay Parkway in Brooklyn, NY. It honors “the youngest auxiliary bishop of Brooklyn,” Raymond A. Kearney. He is honored for his service to the diocese which was “from 1935…to October 1, 1956”. It is an all female school with a Roman Catholic program. School’s motto is “Dilige Justitiam (Work for Justice)”.

What surprises me is that the school is for girls only but it is named after a guy.

At the start of the Spring I like to take a walk by the school and enjoy it’s blooming trees; they are beautiful and pink!

My Neighborhood – Midwood, Brooklyn

Samuel Goldberg Triangle

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Yet another park (located on 65th Street between Avenue O and West 3rd Street) honors a decedent. Samuel Goldberg was a “community activist”. He was also a member of the Marlboro Civil League which made sure that the public places were maintained.

During the World War II, he was a zone commander because his eyesight precluded him “from joining the Armed Forces”. Originally, the park had a different name, “Marlboro Square”, to honor the league. However, the death of Samuel Goldberg made the community rethink their original name choice and dedicate the triangle to him.

When you live in New York you are known to have a busy life. Sometimes you forget to notice and appreciate things. To me this park is a savior in my busy life. Whenever I pass it by I just can’t resist to take a sit and take a five minute break. It does wonders!