A new state park under construction in Brooklyn will be named in honor of former Congresswoman Shirley Chisholm, Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced Wednesday as he traveled to the site of the park.
In 1968 Chisholm became the first African-American woman elected to Congress. A Brooklyn native, Chisolm was also the first African American to run for president as a major party candidate and the first woman to seek the Democratic nomination for president.
The new park is being built on former landfill space along Jamaica Bay. When completed next summer it will be the largest park in the city. It’s expected to boast open space along the water, bike paths and educational facilities.