In this park once stood a stone mansion, built in the 1840s, that Mayor Fiorello LaGuardia used as his summer City Hall in 1937. The mansion was torn down a couple of years later, and in 1966 the park was renamed for the late Hermon Atkins MacNeil, a sculptor and former resident of College Point whose best-known work is the Standing Liberty quarter.
Matt how do you know all this stuff? Interesting for sure. Wonder why they tore down the mansion?
While I love a good park, it’s a shame about the mansion.
Find any of those rare, valuable quarters in the park, Matt? ;-)