Monday, November 30, 2009

☞ WALK: Morningside's Lafayette Square

At the intersection of Morningside Avenue and Manhattan Avenue, at West 113th Street, one will find a patriotic tribute to our first president in a quiet triangular park called Lafayette Square. Dedicated on April, 19th, 1900, the bronze George Washington shakes the hands of the French military leader who came to the aid of the colonists during the Revolution, the Marquis de Lafayette, with the American flag between them. The statues are actually a replica of French sculptor Fredric-Auguste Bartholdi's original in Paris and were donated to the people of Morningside Heights by the wealthy department store merchant Charles Rouss five years after the original was created in France. Some folks might recognize the name of Bartholdi since the sculptor is strongly associated with his most famous work, the Statue of Liberty. The closest train is the B,C or the 1 train at 110th Street for those who want to check it out. Photos by Ulysses

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