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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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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Theodore Roosevelt by James E. Fraser, Central Park

This essay is adapted from Chapter 20 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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Robert Burns by Sir John Steell, Central Park

Robert Burns Dedicated 1880 Sculptor: Sir John Steell Medium & size: Bronze, over lifesize. Location: Central Park, on the Mall. If the city's street grid continued in the Park, it…

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Independence Flagpole, Union Square

Did you know that in Union Square, the words of the Declaration of Independence are inscribed on a  ten-foot-high bronze tablet? The Independence Flagpole in Union Square commemorates the 150th…

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Samuel Rea, by Adolph A. Weinman

This essay is adapted from Chapter 20 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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Glory of Commerce by J-F Coutan, Grand Central Terminal

This essay is adapted from Chapter 26 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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Marteleur by Constantin-Emile Meunier, Columbia University

Artist: Constantin-Emile Meunier Dedicated: 1914 (sculpted 1884, first exhibited 1886) Medium and size: Bronze (6.6 feet), on a granite pedestal (3.25 feet) by McKim, Mead and White Location: Columbia University,…

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