Day 488

Portal of the day

May 1st, 2013

This gazebo stands atop Crocheron Park, the former site of the Crocheron House, a favorite hangout of Boss Tweed and once "one of the most famous hotels on Long Island".

Seamlessly connected to Crocheron Park is John Golden Park. Mr. Golden was a prominent Broadway producer, and, according to the Parks Department:

He and his wife Margaret moved to Bayside in 1920 and subsequently made their estate available to the community. The well-maintained grounds were often used by neighborhood residents, including golf caddies practicing their swings, little leaguers playing baseball, and Sunday picnickers walking among the gardens. Some Bayside residents remember seeing Golden strolling in his white suit, broad-rimmed hat, and spats, carrying a silver-handled cane.

Upon his death on June 17, 1955, Golden’s will bequeathed his Bayside estate to the City of New York as a park "for the use and enjoyment by the young people of the community of all races and creeds in a manner similar to that in which I made this property available for recreation and community acts during my lifetime."


  1. Bill says:

    Nice use of light and shadows! :-)

  2. Jen says:

    I’ve been noticing a gradual beautification of your photography! Keep on walking.

  3. gordon satteson says:

    Great photo & I love Mr. C’s philanthropic values.

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