Parade celebrates Start of work digging G line

From the Daily Star March 3rd, 1928


Oldest Residents Will Turn
Earth Preceding Big Parade
Sunday Afternoon.

The beginning of the fulfillment of a forty-year dream will take place for Greenpointers tomorrow afternoon when Mrs. John Ben, seventy-eight, and Samuel Lockwood, seventy-five, Greenpoint’s oldest native born residents, will turn the spade of earth that will mark the official beginning of the construction of the first link of the Brooklyn Crosstown Subway through Greenpoint. An Elaborate celebration has been planned by Alderman Peter J. McGuinness and The embers of the Greenpoint Merchants Association. A parade of various organizations of the district through Manhattan Avenue, from Ash Street to McCarran Park has been planned with a dinner following at the auditorium of Lexington Council. K. Of C Meserole Avenue and Lorimer Street.

Mayor James J. Walker has faithfully promised to be in Greenpoint at 4 o’clock to witness the parade as It pass through. Manhattan avenue and to speak at the dinner which is to follow. Other city officials who will be present are Borough President James Byrne, Transit Commissioner Delaney and various local officials.

The parade which is to start at Ash street 3:30 o’clock will probably accompanied by the Police Band, the St. Alphonsus’ Fife and Drum Corps and other musical organizations. The Veterans of the World War, members of T. R. Nulty Post, V. F. W., and Greenpoint Post, American Legion, will lead the parade.

Other organizations that are expected to be in the line of march are: Greenpoint Boy Scouts, Lexington and Fidelity Councils, K. of C.; Polish-American Citizens” Club, Pulaski Club, Sterling Cobweb Club, Greenpoint Peoples Regular Democratic Organization, Fifteenth A. D. Democratic Organization, Jefferson Democratic Club, Wigwam Democratic Organization, Alpha Republican Organization and Women’s Auxiliary, Knights of St. Antony, Loughlin Lyceum, All Pals, Merry Mores, St. Francis C. C, St. Aloysius C. C. and Hungarian-Slovak, Club.

More than 1,000 club members and citizens are expected to be in the line of March.

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