Sherman Square

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Sherman Square
Street sign

Sherman Square is a pocket park bounded by Broadway, Amsterdam Avenue, and West 70th Street on the Upper West Side of Manhattan, in New York City, just south of Verdi Square. Acquired by the city in 1849, the small parcel of land was named in 1891 for William Tecumseh Sherman, who had once lived nearby.[1]

In the 1960s and 1970s, Sherman Square and the nearby Verdi Square were known by local drug users and dealers as "Needle Park".[2] This provided the title and general setting for the gritty 1971 film The Panic in Needle Park (set in Sherman Square, according to its credits), directed by Jerry Schatzberg and starring Al Pacino in his second role.[3][4]

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  1. ^ "Sherman Square Historical Sign". New York City Department of Parks & Recreation. Retrieved 2009-10-08.
  2. ^ Shepard, Richard F. (April 8, 1988). "Strolling Up Broadway, The West Side's Spine". The New York Times. Retrieved 2008-04-18.
  3. ^ Boys, Bowery (2007-11-27). "Ah, the bad ole days of Needle Park". The Bowery Boys: New York City History. Retrieved 2019-07-22.
  4. ^ "Needle Park? It's been pushed into the shadows". Los Angeles Times (in American English). 2004-03-22. Retrieved 2019-07-22.

Coordinates: 40°46′38″N 73°58′56″W / 40.77722°N 73.98222°W / 40.77722; -73.98222