Happy Birthday U. S. Grant!

Today marks the 195th Birthday of Ulysses S. Grant!  And what do you get a man so honorable as Mr. Grant on his birthday?  We have been asking that question ever since this mysterious box appeared on the grounds of the Grant Memorial last week: 

Now all has been revealed, as the National Parks Department has unveiled a fine new sign marking the memorial.

 

Accompanied by flags and bunting, Grant’s Place is looking fine indeed!

 

Kossuth Revealed!

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The famed statue of Mr. Lajos Kossuth at 113th and Riverside has for several months been blocked by tall construction fences, leading the public to wonder just what was going on.  All was revealed last week as the barricades were removed to reveal Mr. Kossuth’s much improved surroundings:

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For reference, here is a picture of Mr. Kossuth, “before”:

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And here, the “after”:

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As can be seen, the project included quite a bit of landscaping and stone work, transforming the area surrounding Mr. Kossuth into a more visitor-friendly environment.  To the South, a new bench has been introduced on which one may feed the pigeons and reflect on one’s own Liberty:

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As well as an interesting stone feature:

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The inscription of which reads:

CONSTELLATION OF STARS AS SYMBOLS OF HOPE, VISIBLE IN THE

NIGHT SKY OVER BUDAPEST ON OCTOBER 23 1956, WHEN THE

FIRST SHOTS OF THE REVOLUTION WERE FIRED

Overall, a fitting tribute to Mr. Kossuth, and his contribution to Hungarian Independence.  More may be read about his life at Wikipedia.

Another excellent resource, Daytonian in Manhattan, has a detailed account of the monument’s history, including background on Mr. Kossuth’s connections to New York City, the statue’s original dedication in 1928, its reconstruction in 1930 due to shoddy workmanship, and the fate of three bronze plaques that were never reinstalled.