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McCarren Park

Father Jerzy Popieluszko Monument map_it

  • Location: Father Jerzy Popieluszko Square, Bedford and Nassau Avenues
  • Sculptor: Stanislaw Lutostanski
  • Architect: M. Paul Friedberg & Partners
  • Description: Bust emerging from a rough-hewn block, so it appears to be enshrouded up to the shoulders in a map of Poland, two plaques in pavement at front
  • Materials: Barre gray granite
  • Dimensions: H: 8' W: 3'6" L: 2'6"; Total weight: 14,450 lbs
  • Cast: 1990
  • Dedicated: October 21, 1990
  • Donor: Polish American Congress, Downstate N.Y. Division
  • Inscription: Plaque 1:
    CONQUER EVIL WITH GOOD / JOHN PAUL II / IN MEMORY OF / FATHER JERZY POPIELUSZKO / 1947 - 1984 / PRIEST, / DEFENDER OF HIS COUNTRY / AND NATIONAL SOLIDARITY, / MARTYR FOR THE TRUTH, / BY THE HANDS OF COMMUNISTS / IN POLAND ON 19 OCTOBER 1984. / POLISH AMERICAN CONGRESS / DOWNSTATE N.Y. DIVISION /

    Plaque 2:
    ZLO DOBREM ZWYCIEZAJ / JAN PAWEL II / KU PAMIECI / KS. JERZEGO POPIELUSZKI / 1947 - 1984 / KAPLANA / OBRONCY OJCZYZNY / BOHATERA PRAWDY / I NARODOWEJ SOLIDARNOSCI / ZAMORDOWANEGO OKRUTNIE PRZEZ KOMMUNISTOW. / W DN. 19 PAZDZIERNIKA 1984 R. / W HOLDZIE / KONGRES POLONII AMERYKANSKIEJ / NA DOLNA CZESC STANU NOWEGO YORKU /

Please note, the NAME field includes a primary designation as well as alternate namings often in common or popular usage. The DEDICATED field refers to the most recent dedication, most often, but not necessarily the original dedication date. If the monument did not have a formal dedication, the year listed reflects the date of installation.

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Recreation CentersMcCarren Play Center

There are reduced hours at NYC Parks' Recreation Centers over the holidays. On Christmas Eve and New Year's Eve, Recreation Centers open at the normal time, but close at 5 p.m. On Christmas Day and New Year's Day, Recreation Centers are closed. For more information, please visit the holiday schedule link featured on each Recreation Center's homepage under "Holidays".
Anticipated Completion: 01/01/2015

McCarren Park Weather

  • Fri
    Sunny
    49°F
  • Sat
    Sunny
    54°F
  • Sun
    Chance Showers
    51°F
  • Mon
    Partly Sunny
    41°F

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