From Portraits to Puddles, 4: East Coast Memorial

NOTE: What makes an effective tribute? What makes a memorable memorial? This is the fourth in a series of posts in which I point out the lessons we can learn…

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New Alexander Hamilton Sculpture at U.S. Coast Guard Academy

A video of this post is here. On October 12, 2018, an eight-foot-tall sculpture of Alexander Hamilton was unveiled at the United States Coast Guard Academy in New London, Connecticut.…

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From Portraits to Puddles, 3: Coast Guard Memorial

NOTE: What makes an effective tribute? What makes a memorable memorial? This is the third in a series of posts in which I point out the lessons we can learn…

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From Portraits to Puddles, 2: Dewey Memorial

NOTE: What makes an effective tribute? What makes a memorable memorial? This is the second in a series of posts in which I point out the lessons we can learn…

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ARC Exhibition at Salmagundi Club thru 10/2/18

The Art Renewal Center's annual competition for contemporary realistic art attracts some of the best artists from around the world. The paintings and sculptures are stunning for their technique and/or…

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From Portraits to Puddles, 1: Introduction & Ericsson

Introduction I find Reflecting Absence, the memorial on the site of the World Trade Center, profoundly  unsatisfying. If you do, too, this essay will help you understand why landscape architecture…

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Manhattan Bridge: Almost 99 Years Old

The Manhattan Bridge, connecting Canal Street in Manhattan with Flatbush Avenue in Brooklyn, opened for business on the last day of 1909. Its 6,855-foot length carries four lanes of traffic…

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William Shakespeare, Central Park

This essay is adapted from Chapter 37 of Outdoor Monuments of Manhattan: A Historical Guide. I’ve kept cross-references to other chapters in the book, all of which will eventually be updated and…

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Andrew Haswell Green Bench, Central Park

Who most influenced the shape of Central Park in its early years? There was Egbert Ludovicus Viele, whose detailed topographical study of the site helped make the park’s design a…

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