Photography: Shirley Chisholm State Park 5/14/21

Photography: Shirley Chisholm State Park 5/14/21

Last week, I went to Shirley Chisholm State Park in the far reaches of East New York, Brooklyn for photos. Named in honor of Brooklyn-born trailblazer Shirley Chisholm, the first Black woman elected to Congress — and the first woman to run for President, the park occupies some of the highest ground in the entire city and offers panoramic views of the Empire State Building to the northwest, the Verrazzano-Narrows Bridge and New York Harbor to the West, Jamaica Bay and JFK International Airport to the south. The Starrett City Apartments (now known as The Spring Creek Towers) are a few blocks away but because of the park’s relative peacefulness and isolation, there are periods where it feels further away.

Interestingly, before the land was converted into a park and opened to the public, it was the site of two landfills run by the New York City of Department — The Penn and Fountain landfills — between 1956 and 1983. After the landfills were closed, and the land claimed as part of the larger Gateway National Park project. (Unless you had known that before, it would be difficult to tell that.)

Check some photos below.

Caption: Danielle Mastrion’s gorgeous Shirley Chisholm mural in Shirley Chisholm State Park.
Caption: 5:00 Shadows.

For these photos and more, check out the Flickr set here: