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Hanover Square (Manhattan)

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Hanover Square (Manhattan)

Looking east.
Looking north.

Hanover Square is a square with a public park in the [1] The Queen Elizabeth II Garden (formerly named the British Garden at Hanover Square) was opened in June 2008. A memorial park for those victims of September 11 who were citizens of any Commonwealth realm (i.e., Britain, Canada, Australia, etc.) it was given its broader designation on September 11, 2011. In July 2010, subsequent to her royal tour of Canada, Queen Elizabeth II visited Hanover Square after laying a wreath at the World Trade Center site and meeting with families of the British victims.[2]

According to the New York City Department of Parks, the area of the park in the square is 0.056 acres (0.023 ha) or 2,440 square feet (227 m2), making this a pocket park.[3]

For many years, Hanover Square was the center of New York's commodity market, with the New York Cotton Exchange at 1 Hanover Square, New York Cocoa Exchange (now the New York Board of Trade) and others located nearby. The square was also known as "Printing House Square," and it was here that the Great Fire of New York broke out on December 16, 1835, decimating much of Lower Manhattan.[4]


The IRT Third Avenue Line elevated railway had a station above the square from 1878 until 1950, when it was deactivated and later dismantled. The fourth stage of the Second Avenue Subway will extend subway service as far south as Hanover Square.[5]

The nearest subway stations are:


  1. ^ (July 7 2010)Inside the AppleMichelle and James Nevius, "A Brief History of Hanover Square", Retrieved 7 July 2010.
  2. ^ Queen plans UN speech, then ground zero ceremony, Retrieved 6 July 2010.
  3. ^
  4. ^ Nevius, Michelle; Nevius, James (2009). Inside the Apple: A Streetwise History of New York City. Free Press. pp. 70–71.  
  5. ^ MTA map of future 2nd Avenue Line

External links

  • NYC Parks history of Hanover Square

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