This pool and recreation area, located on East 124th Street between First and Second Avenues, is named for Mayor Robert F. Wagner (1910-1991), one of only three mayors of post-consolidation New York City to hold office for three terms (Fiorello H. LaGuardia [1882-1947] and Edward I. Koch [1924- ] were the other two). Wagner’s administrations were marked by a great deal of construction, much of it under the direction of Robert Moses (1888-1981, Parks Commissioner 1934-60). The Harlem River Drive, Shea Stadium, Lincoln Center, the Verrazano-Narrows Bridge, and many public housing projects were all built while Wagner was mayor. He is also remembered for hiring minorities for prominent city positions (a rarity at the time), passing legislation aimed at ending housing discrimination, and forging a consensus among lawmakers and union leaders.
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