Haym Sol. Square

Main St Vleigh Pl 72nd Dr, & 72 Road

Queens

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

Haym Salomon (1740-1785), for whom this Queens Greenstreets property is named, was a Jewish immigrant from Poland, best known for his contribution on behalf of the fledgling American nation during the Revolutionary War. A financier, he floated bonds to support the colonists and was jailed twice by the British.

After leaving his home in Lissa, Poland, in his early twenties, Salomon moved around Western Europe, eventually landing in New York City sometime in the early 1770s. An early Jewish immigrant to the American colony, Salomon became a member of the Sephardic Spanish Portuguese Synagogue on Mill Street in Manhattan. The congregation eventually evolved into Shearith Israel; its synagogue is now located at 70th Street and Central Park West. A broker by trade, Salomon bought and sold foreign currency and commodities between the Colonies and Europe.

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