Woodhaven Professional Guide
Detailed Trail Description from our Guidebook
"Woodhaven borders Forest Park, and your walk starts at the park’s 110-year-old wooden carousel by Daniel C. Muller, the “Michelangelo of carousel animals.” The tour ends near another Woodhaven icon: the Atlantic Ave. clock tower, which managed to survive the destruction of the Lalance & Grosjean Manufacturing complex after a failed 1980s attempt to have it landmarked. Without Lalance & Grosjean, many would tell you, there would be no Woodhaven. The kitchenware maker set up shop in quiet, sparsely populated Woodhaven in 1863 with fewer than a hundred employees, and by the turn of the century employed about 2,000 people and had given rise to a factory town. Woodhaven originated, however, with the 1830s plan of Connecticut businessman John Pitkin to create an independent city, named East New York, spanning the Brooklyn–Queens border south of Cypress Hills. He had to abandon the whole project because of the economic Panic of 1837, and East New York ended up as a neighborhood of Brooklyn. The eastern section Pitkin had laid out became Woodhaven."