Holocaust Memorial Park

Shore Blvd. and Emmons Ave.. Neptune Ave.


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

This park at the entrance to Sheepshead Bay was designated in 1986 by the City and Mayor Edward I. Koch (1924-2013) to the memory of the victims of the Holocaust.  The adjacent communities of Sheepshead Bay, Manhattan Beach, and Brighton Beach were settled after World War II by a large Jewish population, many of whom were immigrants and survivors of the atrocities of the Nazi regime.

The park originally consisted of a grove of established London plane trees (destroyed by Hurricane Sandy in 2012 and since replanted) and a seating area which formed a contemplative space beside the water. After a lengthy planning process led by a local non-profit organization, the Holocaust Memorial Committee, Brooklyn Borough President Howard Golden allocated $933,000 toward construction of a permanent memorial designed and built by the City. Holocaust Memorial Park was dedicated on June 22, 1997 by Mayor Rudolph Giuliani.

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