Statue: Augustus Saint-Gaudens, unveiled in 1903. Southeast corner of Central Park. Erected by the people of New York under the auspices of the Chamber of Commerce of the State of New York.
William Tecumseh Sherman (1820-1891)
Most famous for his scorched-earth tactics in the Civil War, General William Tecumseh Sherman brought that same military philosophy to the West, where he shaped a policy and strategy that would finally subjugate all the native peoples of the plains. Sherman was born in Ohio in 1820 and named after the Shawnee chief Tecumseh, who had tried unsuccessfully in the first decade of the nineteenth century to unite the tribes of the Ohio River Valley against American intrusions on their land. pbs.org/weta/thewest/people/s_z/sherman.htm
Civic Fame was commissioned by the City to celebrate the five boroughs uniting to become the City of New York. Adolph A. Weinman (1870-1952), designed the statue, perched atop the tower of the Manhattan Municipal Building, as well as the relief sculptures on the lower floors of the building. Weinman’s credits include the Liberty Dime and the half dollar.
I expected the snow in Tompkins park to be transformed into a wonderland of snow sculpture, maybe a fort or two, snowmen, igloos etc. Are there no children or artistic youth left in this neighborhood? Maybe this jolly fellow scared all the other snowfolk away. Candy-crack burnt eyes, and with a bloody ‘Hi’ carved in his chest. Hmmm…
A kinetic sculpture installation by Gregory James, opening at the Ideal Glass Glass Gallery on East Second Street in the East Village on Thursday. Looks pretty wacky if you can navigate the annoying Flash website.
Alfred Emanuel Smith, Jr. (December 30, 1873 – October 4, 1944), known in private and public life as Al Smith, was an American politician who was elected the 42nd Governor of New York four times, and was the Democratic U.S. presidential candidate in 1928. He was the first Roman Catholic to run for President as a major party nominee. He lost the election to Herbert Hoover. He then became president of the Empire State, Inc. and was instrumental in getting the Empire State Building built at the onset of the Great Depression.