Brooklyn Mirador: History of Grand Army Plaza
This is the story behind the beautiful view of the Empire State Building perfectly framed within the Arch in Brooklyn's Grand Army Plaza.
The Mirador, the tip of the Tower and the keystone of the Arch form a precise three-point-alignment which bisects the Arch at a 90-degree angle. Frederick Law Olmsted and Calvert Vaux planned the essential framework which led to this amazing vision.
“What artist so noble..directs the shadows of a picture so great that Nature shall be employed upon it it for generations, before the work he has arranged for her shall realize his intentions.” – Olmsted, 1852
What people are saying - Write a review
We haven't found any reviews in the usual places.
18591970 Grand Army Plaza and 350 Fifth Avenue
Olmsted Vaux and Stranahan
The Northern Extension of the Plazas Axis
Political Tides Turn
Brooklyn Mirador Timeline Part I Civil War Era
Timeline Part II Post Reconstruction
Olmsted and Vaux Letters
Other editions - View all
17-story Astoria Hotel 33rd Street mansion 350 Fifth Avenue Abraham Lincoln alignment assassinated axis extends north Bailey Fountain Brooklyn Mirador Brooklyn Park Commissioners built facing Calvert Vaux Civil Rights Act Concert Grove Court rules racial declared a Landmark elliptical plaza Emancipation Proclamation Empire State Building end of Plaza’s facing the Concert family’s Fifth Avenue mansion Frederick Law Olmsted Fremont Grand Army Plaza Gravesend Bay Home Sweet Home hotels join James Stranahan jet of water John Howard Payne John Jacob Astor Letter from Olmsted Lincoln statue lone jet mansion is built north end original Waldorf-Astoria Hotel Papers of Frederick Plaza opened Plaza’s axis President Prospect Park racial segregation Unconstitutional rules racial segregation Sanitary Commission signs Civil Rights southern extension Sullivan Hill Supreme Court rules There’s Tower Union League unveiled at north unveiled on Sullivan Vaux drowned Vaux Fountain Washington Irving William Backhouse Astor William Waldorf Astor world’s tallest building York City