4. It Was Completely Demolished in the 1920s
To allow for a new underground subway passageway and smaller alterations like straightening paths, a new pavilion, and the dedication of the sculpture the Independence Flagstaff, Union Square Park was almost entirely demolished in 1928-1929. The Flagstaff, created by Anthony de Francisci, was dedicated in 1930 to comemmorate the 150th anniversary of the signing of the Declaration of Independence. It was donated by Tammany Hall (whose presence we’ll discuss next) and stood in the place of the fountain celebrating the Croton Aqueduct.