If you ever crossed Ocean Parkway at any intersection between Foster Ave and Ave C in Brooklyn, New York, you probably noticed different fish plaques under your feet. These are the most recent additions to Ocean Parkway Malls and can be found at nine intersections.
These unique art pieces feature ocean creatures whose names for the most part coordinate with the letters of the cross-streets: Avenue C clam, Ditmas Ave dolphin, and 18th Avenue anchovies, just to name a few.
Some plaques can be found on both sides of the Ocean Parkway, while the others are located next to the bike pass on the western side. In addition to the fish name, each plaque has inscribed “1874 Olmsted Vaux,” paying tribute to Frederick Law Olmsted and Calvert Vaux, who designed Prospect Park and modeled Ocean Parkway after Avenue de L’Impératrice (now Avenue Foch) in Paris. The date 1874 represents the year construction began. It also features high wheel and contemporary bicycles to commemorate America’s first bike path, which opened in 1894.