Abingdon Square is one of the oldest squares in the city, dating to 1831, when the Common Council decreed that it be enclosed as a public park. In 1921, twenty thousand spectators witnessed Governor Alfred E. Smith present the Abingdon Square Memorial (also known as the Abingdon Doughboy) in memory of local men who fought in World War I. Decorative iron light-poles, entrance urns, and trash receptacles evoke Victorian New York and winding paths are clad with bluestone paving. Today the Abingdon Square Conservancy supports seasonal floral displays and park upkeep of this intimate and welcoming oasis.
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