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Grant Square

  • Between Rogers Ave., Bedford Ave., and Bergen St. Map It
  • Crown Heights
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Published 09/11/2016

Fodor's Review

Surrounded by imposing buildings like the Union League Club and the former Chatelaine Hotel at the intersection of numerous high-trafficked roads, Grant Square (actually more of a triangle) was the center of social life in the early 20th century, back when the area was called Bedford. William Ordway Partridge's bronze statue of Ulysses S. Grant, wearing his signature wide-brim hat, was unveiled in 1896. Per military and artistic tradition, the four legs of Grant’s horse are all on the ground, which signifies that he died in a hospital and not on the battlefield. The original Loews Bedford Theatre, which opened in the early 1900s, is on the western side of the plaza at 1372 Bedford Avenue: the building was converted into a church—and later is where a four-year-old Al Sharpton gave his first sermon in 1959.

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Between Rogers Ave., Bedford Ave., and Bergen St., Brooklyn, New York, 11216, USA

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Published 09/11/2016

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