Bracetti Plaza

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Bracetti Plaza, or Mariana Bracetti Plaza, is a public housing development built and maintained by the New York City Housing Authority in Alphabet City, a section of the East Village neighborhood of Manhattan at 40°43′20″N 73°58′52″W / 40.722341°N 73.981167°W / 40.722341; -73.981167Coordinates: 40°43′20″N 73°58′52″W / 40.722341°N 73.981167°W / 40.722341; -73.981167.[1][2][3][4] The development is named after Mariana Bracetti (1825-1903), a legendary Puerto Rican woman who was known as the "Arms of Gold", and who was the first to craft the Boriquas Latin Cross, Puerto Rico's first flag.[1] The flag was designed by Dr. Ramon Emeterio Betances, and is still a symbol of the Puerto Rican independence movement.[1]

Mariana Bracetti Plaza is a seven story building on grounds measuring 1.02 acres (4,100 m2), at 251 East 3rd Street, or 290 East 4th Street.[1] The development has 108 apartments housing approximately 312 people.[1] Its neighborhood, the East Village, was formerly included in the Lower East Side, and is still considered the Lower East Side by some, but now the border is generally drawn at Houston Street.[3][2][1] The block it sits in is bordered by Avenue B to the west, Avenue C to the east, East 3rd Street to the south, and East 4th Street to the north.[1][4]

Bracetti Plaza was completed May 31, 1974.[1]

No one is currently serving as the Resident Association President for Bracetti Plaza.[5] If someone were, he or she would be a member of the Manhattan South District Citywide Council of Presidents.[5]

Bracetti Plaza is serviced by the ninth precinct of the New York City Police Department, and is governed by Manhattan Community Board 3.[4][6]


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  2. ^ a b "Selling the Lower East Side". University of Minnesota Press. Retrieved 18 January 2010. 
  3. ^ a b McKinley, Jesse (1 January 1995). "FYI Question". New York: New York Times Company. Retrieved 18 January 2010. 
  4. ^ a b c "NYCHA GIS". NYCHA Housing Developments. New York: New York City Housing Authority. Search 251 East 3rd Street, Manhattan. Retrieved 18 January 2010. 
  5. ^ a b "Manhattan South District CCOP Office". Residents' Corner. New York: New York City Housing Authority. Retrieved 18 January 2010. 
  6. ^ "Community Board No. 3, Manhattan". MANCB3. New York: City of New York. Retrieved 18 January 2010.