Carolyn Wiedeman

Education Designer, Skillshare

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The Curious Crown Heights Statue

On my walk to the A train to work, I pass by a statue of a man riding valiantly on a horse. I appreciate public art, but do not pay much attention to bronze sculpture for some reason. So, this morning I took the extra 4 minutes and walked up to the statue to see who it was, and what it represented at the end of my block.

The horseman is Ulysses S. Grant, the Union General in the Civil War who is responsible for ending the war. There is also a statue honoring him on top of the Grand Army Plaza archway at the entrance of Prospect Park.

While I was there checking out the archway, I noticed that it perfectly frames the Empire State Building across the East River. Quite an architectural feat! I wonder if that was done on purpose?

Grant is buried at Riverside Park in Manhattan, I will have to check that out next!

(images courtesy of the New York Times)

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