The NYC Department of Parks has remeasured the size of every park in the system over the past three years, and used mapping software and satellite technology to verify the numbers down to the thousandth of an acre.
Along the way, however, they’ve discovered that there are many disparities between the actual size and those on the city records dating back to the 19th century. Flushing Meadows Corona Park just happens to be the biggest loser of the recount, as the new analysis puts the acreage at 897 — an incredible decrease from the original count of 1,255 acres. As a result, Flushing Meadows Corona Park officially loses its status as the 3rd largest park in the city and drops below Van Cortlandt Park in the Bronx.
How was it ever thought to be 1,255 acres?
A major reason for the Flushing Meadows discrepancy was the failure by someone along the way to subtract the acreage of Grand Central Parkway, which ran through the park from the beginning, or the Van Wyck Expressway, Long Island Expressway and Jewel Avenue, which would later eat away at it. Parks officials may never identify the bureaucratic lapse that led to the error.
“We have miles of filing cabinet drawers filled with documents of real estate records dating back to the 19th century,” Mr. Laird said. “With all of the additions and calculations done by hand, errors found their way into those tallies.”