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Abe Wolfson Triangle

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

This triangle honors Abraham Wolfson (1949-1971), an environmental activist and one of the founders of the Queens Historical Society.

Born in New York City, Wolfson worked on environmental projects at Flushing Meadows-Corona Park and at Queens College.  He founded the Flushing Meadows Park Action Committee which called for the cleanup of the Flushing River, Flushing Bay, and the preservation of the Willow Lake wetlands in Flushing Meadows-Corona Park.  Wolfson continued to strive for reduced pollution and the creation of small parks in his community while studying theology.

Wolfson was also an aviation enthusiast and took flying lessons.  In 1971, Wolfson travelled to Great Falls, Montana to pursue this interest.  On November 9th, Wolfson’s single engine Cessna 150 crashed into a Cascade County farm near Ulm, Montana, fatally injuring Wolfson.

A local law, introduced by Council Member Martin Povman in 1974, named this site Abe Wolfson Triangle. The park was dedicated to him in 1986, at the 15th anniversary of his passing.

Abe Wolfson Triangle has since become part of the Greenstreets program, a joint project of Parks and Transportation designed to convert paved street properties into planted areas which absorb water and help to mitigate flooding.  Honey locust (Gleditsia triacanthos) trees provide shade for residents of nearby Flushing, Pomonok, Kew Gardens Hills, Hillcrest and Queensboro Hill.

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