This Triangle honors the memory of Bud H. Alben (1896 - 1918), a private in the First Army, 360th Regiment who sacrificed his life during the Saint-Mihiel Offensive in World War I.
Born Binyamin Alben to Russian-Jewish immigrants in New York City, he was raised in Borough Park, Brooklyn where he attended PS 164 and Manual Training High School before trying to enlist several times in the American Expeditionary Forces. He was eventually drafted into the service on April 29, 1918. He was wounded by a shell in an engagement against German machine gun positions in the Bois-le-Pretre on September 13, and died from his wounds on September 21, two months before the Armistice. His commanding officer, Captain Conner, wrote to his parents that Bud was particularly popular because of his sense of humor and ability to entertain his comrades with interesting stories.
According to a chaplain’s letter, Alben was given a Christian burial. His distraught parents had his remains disinterred in 1921, and reburied in New York in accordance with Jewish custom. Local veterans founded the Bud H. Alben VFW Post #1436 in his memory and sought a public open space for a memorial to comrades killed in the war.
This parcel of land was established as a public place and a property of the City of New York on February 14, 1918. In 1923, it became a memorial under the auspices of the Bud. H. Alben Post #1436 Veterans of Foreign Wars and was named Alben Memorial Square. In 1935, the parcel was transferred to the Department of Parks and the name was shortened to Alben Square. Subsequently, the park name was changed to its current name, Alben Triangle.
Located by Fort Hamilton Parkway, New Utrecht, 11th Avenue, and 46th Street in the Borough Park neighborhood of Brooklyn, Alben Triangle is bounded by a fence and includes a flagpole with yard arm that was donated by the Bud Alben Post VFW #1436, which is set within a paved circle.