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Saturday, September 02, 2006

Fiorello LaGuardia

This bronze statue is located on LaGuardia Place in Greenwich Village. I have passed it nearly everyday for years, but knew little of the man who was born in NYC in 1882 and served as mayor of NYC from 1934-45. The most striking thing is his small physical stature - it turns out he was just over 5 feet tall. However, he was no small man as far as achievements: Congressman (representing Greenwich Village), translator (he spoke several languages), lawyer (NYU law school grad), Attorney General, major in the US Army, and NYC mayor for 3 terms. He was responsible for leading the city through the Depression and for many public works programs including roads, bridges, tunnels (including West Side Highway, East River Drive, Triborough Bridge, Brooklyn Battery Tunnel) and public parks. A lover of music and conducting, LaGuardia felt his greatest achievement was the creation of the Fiorello H. LaGuardia High School of Music & Art and Performing Arts. I recommend reading his bio.

2 comments:

Olivier said...

Super, et merci dans un sens, je savais que cette scupture existait, et je voulais y passer lors de mon dernier voyage et puis le trou total, je me rapellais plus ou elle se trouvait. Je note sur mon petit carnet pour mon prochain voyage

kris said...

what a vibrant statue! i guess goes well with the contributions he achieved for NYC.