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Duarte Square

Ave. Of Americas, Canal St. and Grand St.

Manhattan

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This text is part of Parks’ Historical Signs Project and can be found posted within the park.

In the late 1600s the land that is now Juan Pablo Duarte Square was developed as a farm by Trinity Church. A forty-foot-wide canal was built to the south in 1810 to drain the pestilent Collect Pond into the Hudson River. The canal was filled in 1819 and now forms Canal Street. As the city spread northward, this became an important commercial thoroughfare. Canal Street achieved further prominence with the construction of the Holland Tunnel at its western end in 1927.

Juan Pablo Duarte Square was officially dedicated in 1945, when Sixth Avenue was renamed Avenue of the Americas in celebration of Pan-American unity. The name of the square, located near the southern end of the Avenue of the Americas, honors Juan Pablo Duarte (1813-1876), the liberator of the Dominican Republic.

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Duarte Square Weather

  • Sun
    Heavy Rain
    86°F
  • Thu
    Heavy Rain
    85°F
  • Tue
    Slight Chc Thunderstorms
    89°F
  • Wed
    Mostly Sunny
    87°F

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