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Atlantis Triangle

Booth Memorial Av & 58 Av & 183 St


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

The name of this beautifully landscaped triangle located on Utopia Parkway alludes to the lost mythological continent of Atlantis.

It is said that a great natural disaster reduced the advanced utopian society of Atlantis to rubble and submerged its entire mass beneath the sea. Whether the story is fact or fiction remains debatable, but the legend of the submerged island with an ideal society has captured the imagination of people for thousands of years. As is reflected by the name of the parkway, on which this triangle stands, humanity has long been fascinated with the idea of a utopia, an imaginary society of perfection. The word utopia is derived from the Greek roots ou, meaning “not” and topos, meaning “place.” Taken together, they mean “nowhere,” implying the element of fantasy inherent in the idea.

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