Two decades ago, Bushwick Park was known as the worst druggie park in the city, and gunshots often echoed across its seven acres. It was renamed Maria Hernandez Park in 1989 after a crusading anti-drug mom who was gunned down by crack dealers as she stood in the window of her apartment. But the violent history of the park—which was assembled in the 1890s from land owned by P.T. Barnum—goes back even further than the '80s. On July 12, 1979, across the street from the park,... More >>>