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Bowling Green Park
After New York's first public reading of the Declaration of Independence, a crowd streamed down Broadway to the Bowling Green. There, they toppled the leaden sculpture of King George III and hacked off the crown-shaped ornaments that capped the fence posts. Those rough cuts are still visible today. Legend has it that the lead was sent to Connecticut to be melted into shot for the revolutionary cause. New York City was the loyalist capital during the revolution.