This Hidden City Explains the Story Behind Flatiron's Worth Square and Memorial

Our friends at This Hidden City, a historical blog that focuses on New York City's relatively obscure and unknown places, recently published a brief history of the William J. Worth Memorial in Worth Square, the only known single occupancy grave site in the City.

William Jenkins Worth [...] was an officer in the United States armed forces during the War of 1812. [...] When Worth passed away, his remains were interred at Green-Wood Cemetery, until a monument could be finished. They picked the land across the street from Madison Square Park, south of 25th Street, between the crunch of 5th Ave and Broadway.

The memorial was designed by [...] James Goodwin Batterson, who helped design the Library of Congress and the Capitol building. [...] Worth Square is even more of an area oddity when one discovers it is Manhattan's only single-occupancy grave site.

For more of the history of William J. Worth, the Memorial or Worth Square, check out the full article.

Matt Coneybeare

Matt Coneybeare

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Matt enjoys exploring the City's with his partner and son. He is an avid marathon runner, and spends most of his time eating, running, and working on cool stuff.

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