Babi Yar Triangle Playground
B 14 St & Corbin Place
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What was here before?
This was once the site of the Manhattan Beach Hotel and Land Company owned by Austin Corbin (1827-1896). The high-end resort attracted upper-class clientele to the area until prohibition made gambling illegal, and the resort closed in 1912.
How did this site become parkland?
A New York City Art Commission Design Award was awarded to Krog and Tegnell Landscape Architects following their 1988 reconstruction of this triangle. What had once been little more than a paved traffic island was converted into a small, yet vibrant park. Their plans made full use of space, incorporating a memorial as well as various amenities for the community’s use. The Star of David, a universally recognized symbol of the Jewish faith, is inscribed within the center circle of the park. In its center, a bronze plaque commemorates the massacre of Babi Yar and bids visitors to remember the dead.