Rita Ley Triangle

E 238 St, Oneida Av, Van Cortlandt Park E


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

Neighbor to 1,146.43 acre Van Cortlandt Park, Oneida Triangle is bounded by East 238th Street, Van Cortlandt Park East, and Oneida Avenue. This parkland takes its name from Oneida Avenue and is dedicated to the men of Woodlawn Heights who served in World War I.

Fighting took place here during the Revolutionary War, when Oneida Avenue was known as Devoe’s Lane. It was also once known as 4th Street. The name was changed to Oneida Avenue in 1896. The Oneida tribe has no connection with New York City. Most likely the street was named for the Oneida, a vessel commanded by Admiral Farragut (1801-1870) during the Civil War in his capture of New Orleans. Farragut is buried in nearby Woodlawn Cemetery. Legend has it that a resident of this area had also served on the Oneida.

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