Ah, the spread of Queens Crap spares nothing. Not even a little plot of land called Leonard Square in the Murray Hill district of Flushing.
This odd-shaped piece of territory is formed by the intersection of Roosevelt Avenue and Northern Blvd. It honors Corporal William A. Leonard (1889-1918), a Flushing native who lost his life fighting in World War I.
I'm sending two photos showing the change to this small plot. One was taken in February 1969 by someone in my family. The other was taken in recent times and appears on the Bridge & Tunnel website.
The older photo shows handsome stonework used to support railings surrounding the plot. I can only assume that under the snow was grass. A nice mature tree lends shade to the benches around the perimeter.
The new photo shows a virtual desert. There isn't a blade of grass, and no mature trees. A few scraggly trees are potted in small square plots. The lovely stonework is gone.
Perhaps you can argue that it was a good thing to remove the railings and open up the square, but why did they have to make it look so barren and soulless?