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Important Winter Storm-Related Service Changes

New York City parks are now open. We continue to urge caution in parks under wintry conditions: parks paths can be slippery, snow cover can cover frozen lakes and bodies of water, and branches may have fallen. If you see a fallen branch call 311.

Some recreation centers will open from 1:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. today with limited staffing.

For more information, please visit our Storm Update page.

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Machate Circle

Park Cir., Parkside Ave., Ocean Pkwy.

Brooklyn

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

In 1989, this plot of land, which had been known as Park Circle, was renamed by Parks for Police Officer Robert Machate (1964-1989), who worked as an anti-crime officer near the Circle at the Brooklyn South Task Force. Machate was shot and killed while in pursuit of a suspect on March 3, 1989, on East 23rd Street in Flatbush. Machate left behind his wife, Grace Ann, who gave birth to their daughter, Nicole Marie, on June 6, 1989, just a few months after Machate died.

The circle named for Machate is part of larger historical trend in landscape architecture. When Fredrick Law Olmsted and Calvert Vaux designed nearby Prospect Park in 1865 they intended to offer park goers a pastoral escape from the congestion of city life. Consequently, the park's entrances, most of which are set back from the street, were designed as places of transition between New York's urban bustle and the park's natural tranquility.

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    Machate Circle Weather

    • Wed
      Becoming Sunny
      31°F
    • Thu
      Increasing Clouds
      34°F
    • Fri
      Chance Light Snow
      35°F
    • Sat
      Sunny
      22°F

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