3. Quick Brown Fox Triangle takes its name from a famous sentence
Not many people, even Maspeth residents, know about Quick Brown Fox Triangle, a quaint triangle tucked behind a wall of the Long Island Expressway. But the park, which fittingly features a statue of a brown fox by the sign, takes its name from the famous sentence “The quick brown fox jumps over the lazy dog.” The sentence features every letter of the alphabet, making it a pangram, and it is used commonly to demonstrate types of fonts.
The City acquired the property in 1953 during the construction of the Long Island Expressway, and NYC Parks gained control in 1957. A $600,000 contribution from Council Member Karen Koslowitz in May 2001 allowed for the triangle’s reconstruction with shaded benches and trees.