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Guide to Development

2959 West 33rd Street
Brooklyn, NY 11224-1401
(718) 449-1800 Fax (718) 372-6834

Street Boundaries
Surf Avenue/West 32nd Street
Mermaid Avenue/West 35th Street
Subway Lines
W to Stillwell Avenue (last stop)
Bus Lines
B36, B64, B74 to West 32nd Street and Surf Avenue

NAMED AFTER: WILLIAM O'DWYER (1890-1964) – As Mayor (1946-1950), he established the Office of City Construction Coordinator, appointing Robert Moses to the post. At his inauguration he celebrated to the song: "It's a Great Day for the Irish." Prior to becoming Mayor he served as a County Court Judge in Brooklyn and as Kings County District Attorney where he gained national celebrity for his prosecution of Murder, Inc., the legendary underworld gang of murderers. He was instrumental in getting the United Nations to move to Manhattan and created the Department of Traffic. A Brigadier General in the Army during World War II, O'Dwyer resigned as Mayor in 1950 following a police scandal. He was later appointed Ambassador to Mexico. O'Dwyer Gardens is in Brooklyn.
Mayor William O'Dwyer Gardens in Brooklyn has six buildings, 15 and 16-stories high with 573 apartments housing an estimated 1,059 residents. Completed December 31, 1969, the 6.34-acre complex is between West 32nd and West 35th Streets, Surf and Mermaid Avenues.