Today marks the 157 year anniversary of Jan 30th, 1862, the day Greenpoint staked its claim in history as the site where the ironclad USS Monitor was built and launched, in the midst of the Civil War.
The Greenpoint Monitor Memorial is in McGolrick park. It depicts a nude sailor and was erected in 1938 in the memory of John Ericsson and the lost crew members. Any guess what Monitor Street was named after?
The vessel was constructed at Continental Iron Works and designed by the Swedish-born engineer and inventor, John Ericsson. The innovative design captured the attention of the world and became famous for battling the USS Merrimack of Virginia in the Battle of Hampton Roads, which lasted four hours and was the first stand-off between two armored warships. Neither ship could destroy the other, although many cannon shots were fired.
The future Greenpoint Monitor Museum at 56 Quay St. received a grant in 2015 from the Greenpoint Community Environmental Fund to build a museum honoring the USS Monitor on the shores of Bushwick Inlet. The project requires a restoration of the ecological shoreline, and the museum has been working with design and engineering firm AECOM to make it happen.