Straus Park is named for Isidor Straus and his wife Ida, who died on April 15, 1912 when the S.S. Titanic sank on its maiden voyage from England to America. The ship hit an iceberg in the North Atlantic and sank three hours later. More than 1500 passengers and crew members died in the disaster. The inscription on the rear exedra of the Straus Memorial pays tribute to Ida’s decision to remain aboard with her husband rather than save herself by boarding a lifeboat with the women and children.
Directions to Straus Park
- Commemorating A Day Of Titanic Proportions
- Commemorating A Day Of Titanic Proportions: Park Monuments Honor Tragic Sinking A Century Ago
- Groundbreaking For Lakeside at Prospect Park