Foley Square

Foley Square (HMROJ)

Location: New York, NY 10007 New York County
Country: United States of America

N 40° 42.892', W 74° 0.122'

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Foley Square is named for Thomas F. "Big Tom" Foley (1852-1925), a prominent Democratic Party leader from the Lower East Side of Manhattan. Foley left school at the age of thirteen to support his widowed mother, working for a period as a blacksmith's helper. In 1877 he began his active connection with politics as a Tammany election district captain and rose to be First Assembly District leader.

Although Foley served as a member of the old City Council, as Alderman, and as Sheriff, he generally avoided elected office, preferring to sponsor others. His lasting gift to his party and indeed his Nation was to choose young Alfred E. Smith as candidate for the New York State Assembly in 1903. Smith rose to be Speaker, then Governor. In 1928 Smith would be the first Catholic to run for President.

At Foley's death in 1925 Smith stated, "My personal and political welfare were as much a matter of concern to him as though I was his own son." The New York Times ran the following headline about his funeral: "East Side Crowds Mourn the Passing of Almost the Last of Old-Time Leaders." In 1926 the Board of Aldermen offered "Big Tom" and enduring tribute, when they named this city park, in the heart of New York's government district, in his memory.
— Daniel Patrick Moynihan, United States Senator
Year Placed2000
Placed ByCity of New York Parks & Recreation
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Date Added Wednesday, September 24th, 2014 at 5:57pm PDT -07:00
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UTM (WGS84 Datum)18T E 584291 N 4507584
Decimal Degrees40.71486667, -74.00203333
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 40° 42.892', W 74° 0.122'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds40° 42' 53.52" N, 74° 0' 7.32" W
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Area Code(s)212, 917, 646, 718, 347
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 66-68 Centre St, New York NY 10007, US
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