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Ascenzi Square

Ascenzi Square is the result of two street grids that meet at Metropolitan Avenue in the Williamsburg neighborhood of Brooklyn, New York. Roebling Street traverses both grids, making a slight jog to the southwest between North Fourth Street and Metropolitan Avenue. On March 29, 1939, the City Council designated this triangle as Ascenzi Square, in honor of brothers Joseph[1] and William[2] Ascenzi, residents of Williamsburg who were killed in the First World War.[3]

Following their deaths, the local American Legion Post 1204 was renamed the Ascenzi Post[4] and in 1938, this organization requested the renaming from the City Council.[5] The two traffic triangles formed by Roebling Street were designated as a Greenstreets park around 2000. Greenstreets is a partnership between the New York City Parks Department and the city Department of Transportation that transforms unused traffic triangles and medians into green spaces.[3][6]


  1. ^ New York Times – July 7, 1918 – Joseph Ascenzi death notice
  2. ^ Official U.S. Bulletin - Issues 402-451 - Page 30- October 26, 1918- William Ascenzi death notice
  3. ^ a b "Exhibit to Showcase the Secret Wartime History of a Forgotten Williamsburg Park - Greenpoint Gazette". Retrieved 5 March 2016.
  4. ^ Brooklyn Daily Eagle – August 28, 1941- mention of the Ascenzi Post 1204 of American Legion
  5. ^ Local Laws of the City of New York, Number 24 of 1939
  6. ^ "Ascenzi Square: Sons of Williamsburgh: The Family History of a Neighborhood Landmark". City Reliquary. Archived from the original on 11 March 2016. Retrieved 5 March 2016.