A plaque remaining from the Big Apple Night Club at West 135th Street and Seventh Avenue in Harlem.

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Entry from June 24, 2017
Cannonball Park (John Paul Jones Park nickname)

Entry in progress—B.P.
Wikipedia: John Paul Jones Park
John Paul Jones Park is a public park located in Fort Hamilton, Bay Ridge, Brooklyn. The park borders Shore Road, Fourth Avenue, 101st Street, and Fort Hamilton Parkway. The park is currently managed by the New York City Department of Parks and Recreation, which was acquired from the city of Brooklyn in the year of 1897.
John Paul Jones Park is named after the American patriot and naval commander of the same name, who was known for his leadership in the American Revolution. He is often referred to as “the father of the Navy.”
Hey Ridge
The Humble Beauty of the Resilient Cannonball Park
June 11, 2015 Alaric
A giant cannon and a granite obelisk fill your view as you cross Fourth Avenue at 101st Street, right at the southern tip of Bay Ridge. You’re stepping into an oddly serene park named after a Revolutionary War patriot—not the Led Zeppelin bassist, as it turns out.
The five-acre site was earmarked by Park Commissioner Elijah R. Kennedy in 1890 and dubbed Fort Hamilton Park, for the army base it neighbored. Then, it was a larger waterfront park predating the Belt Parkway—it’s now segmented by the Verrazano Bridge and related highways. In 1969, shortly after the Verrazano opened, the name was deemed “undistinguished” and it was renamed John Paul Jones Park by the City Council, as the space was by then synonymous with United States military history.
New York (NY) Times
New York’s Great Scenic Ride
2. John Paul Jones Park
Neighborhood: Bay Ridge, Exit 2
Overview: There is a beautiful World War I monument here and an impressive collection of 18th-century cannonballs, hence its neighborhood nickname Cannonball Park.

Posted by Barry Popik
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