Drumgoole Plaza

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Drumgoole Plaza by Pace University and an overpass.

Drumgoole Plaza is a public park that sits in the shadow of the Brooklyn Bridge in Manhattan, New York City, on Frankfort Street between Park Row and Gold Street, and next to the main building of Pace University at One Pace Plaza. Opened on November 5, 2003, the park is maintained by Pace under the management of the New York City Department of Parks and Recreation.[1]

Drumgoole Plaza was the first of the 13 public open spaces renovated or created with funds from Lower Manhattan Development Corporation to revitalize Lower Manhattan after the September 11 attacks. The Department of Parks & Recreation and Pace University transformed an empty lot into a sitting area with 1964 New York World's Fair benches, colorful decorative paving, granite and concrete curbs, and streetlights for public safety and to illuminate the bridge structure. The landscaping includes more than 20 new trees, including goldenrains, honey locusts and hollies; 1,100 shrubs; perennials; and ornamental grasses such as winter hazel, hydrangea, blue star, and striped ribbon grass. The park’s fall hues are Pace colors: blue flowers and gold-edged leaves. Nets keep birds away.

The park is named for John Christopher Drumgoole (1816-1888), a hero of the newsboys who thronged the area when Park Row was the headquarters of New York City’s major newspapers, including The New York Times, in the building Pace now occupies at 41 Park Row. Drumgoole, who joined the priesthood in midlife, worked to help homeless youth.


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Coordinates: 40°42′40″N 74°00′15″W / 40.71111°N 74.00417°W / 40.71111; -74.00417