This triangle is named after Brooklyn native Ruth Wittenberg, born in 1899. Wittenberg attended Hunter College and Barnard College, but was forced to dropout as a result of financial hardship. She was civil rights activist who walked along side Martin Luther King, Jr. in Selma. In addition to her activism Wittenberg served on Community Board 2 for 40 years. Her efforts helped close the Women’s Detention Center, where the Jefferson Market Garden stands today.
As a result of her dedication to public service this triangle was named in her honor in 1990.