The identity of O’Neill Triangle’s namesake is something of a mystery. The Board of Aldermen named it O’Neill Square in 1940, stating they were naming it after “a World War I hero named O’Neill.” However, they mentioned no first name. Records list more than a dozen New York residents named O’Neill who fought in World War I, but none of them was from the Bronx. Starting in the early 1930s, the City named many parks after World War I veterans without regard to where they grew up. Historians offer several possibilities of who the unknown veteran was: Private Lewis E.G. O’Neill, who died of war wounds in November of 1918; Sergeant Richard W. O’Neil, of the 165th Infantry; or Corporal Alfred H. O’Neil, also of the 165th Infantry. Others suggest that it was named after Patrick J. O’Neil, a realtor and major local figure in the Democratic Party. The park was renamed O’Neill Triangle in 1997 because it has thre…
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Plaza and seating area temporary closed for NYCDOT bridge removal work.
Anticipated Completion: Fall 2019