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Cadman Plaza
Cadman Plaza Park, is located on the border between the Brooklyn Heights historic neighborhood and Downtown Brooklyn. It is bounded by Cadman Plaza East and West, and Tillary and Johnson Streets. The south portion of a park is set next to the Brooklyn Courthouse, which is actually in the eastern portion of the Cadman Plaza. South of Cadman Plaza is Brooklyn Borough Hall. This portion of Cadman Plaza is also known as Columbus Park, featuring a statue of Christopher Columbus. A statue of William Jay Gaynor (1829-1913) is located in the northern end of Cadman Plaza Park. He was Mayor of New York City from 1910 to 1913. Beforehand, he was a journalist, a lawyer, and a New York Supreme Court justice, known for his tough stance on corruption. During his tenure as mayor, he tried to eliminate some of influence of Tammany Hall on city government. Gaynor was assassinated by an irate former civil servant in 1913. Gaynor was also well known for his social life, and he walked over the Brooklyn Bridge to New York City Hall and back to his home in Park Slope everyday. A massive 24-foot tall memorial is located in the center of the park. It honors Brooklynites who served in World War II. The memorial is designed by Charles Keck (1875-1951). It was one of the largest monuments in New York City, at its dedication in 1952.

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The Reverend Doctor Samuel Parkes Cadman (1864-1936) was a Brooklyn Congregational Church minister and radio preacher well known for his oratory. For 36 years of his life, he was pastor of the Central Congregational Church in Brooklyn and helped to found the Federated Council of Churches in America, which he headed from 1924-1928. Rev. Cadman was considered the Congregational faith's leading minister both in the United States and worldwide





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