Maps show there has  always been a traffic circle in this spot since the park opened, and the apartment buildings on Bartel-Pritchard were built along the gentle curves of  the circle. The square was named in 1923 for Emil Bartel and William Pritchard, two young Brooklyn natives who were killed in combat in World War I. Bartel was a Windsor Terrace native while Pritchard was from Bushwick. The polished granite memorial to Windsor Terracers killed in combat was placed here in 1965.

A side note: most major NYC intersections are called “squares” even though they take many shapes: circles, triangles, rhomboids, or other multisided figures. In Britain, many traffic circles are called “roundabouts” and, while in NYC we do have traffic circles, traffic is controlled by stoplights, as it is here. Technically, a “roundabout” has no traffic lights at all; NYC did not have any of these until one was installed in Longview, in the Bronx, at Intervale Avenue and Dawson Street.




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4 Responses to BARTEL-PRITCHARD SQUARE, Park Slope

  1. jack says:

    Grew up in Brighton Beach and took the Coney Island street car to the SQUARE then walked to the ball park(sometimes we took the train home and got off at Ocean Parkway)got the street car at SeaBreeze and 2nd Street….

  2. William Mangahas says:

    Going back to the mid 1960’s, I remembered the Mack C-49 buses on the B-68 with the name Bartel-Pritchard Sqaue on the red colored front roll sign.

  3. Don Gilligan says:

    There are two roundabouts in Pelham Bay Park. One on the road to City Island. The other is on the Shore Road, south of the Pelham-Split Rock Golf Course.

  4. Mary Ann Sawka-OFarrell says:

    I have so many memories of hanging out at Bartel-Pritchard Square .I lived on Sherman St and I am my 2 girlfriends could be found on the Parkside every night. We went to the Sanders movie all the time. We had soda’s in the Icecream parlor which was on the corner by the movie house. I had my first under age drink in the Irish Bar there. There were many gangs there in the early 60’s. The Jokers was just one of them. All the guy’s had Harleys. I remember their names. I can almost remember their faces !!! That specific place was a constant in my youth . Wonderful memories !!!!!

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