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The NYC Arches -Grand Army Plaza – Washington Square Park – Others you may have missed

What is the most recognizable monument in Paris? – Would it be the The Arc de Triomphe?  In NYC, we have several to select from but at least one person from Brooklyn may be more familiar with the Soldiers and Sailors Monument in Brooklyn’s Grand Army Plaza.

The Grand Army Plaza was designed as the main entrance to Brooklyn’s well-known Prospect Park.

The soldiers and Sailors Monument dominates the Plaza – it is quite an impressive arch!Inside the arch are wonderful equestrian relief sculptures of Lincoln and Gran

The statues that sit about halfway up the arch represent “The Spirit of the Army” and “The Spirit of the Navy”. They were added around 1900 Statues  on top of the arch and depicts “Columbia”, who is generally used as an allegorical representation of the U.S.

To the north of the Soldiers and Sailors Monument sits Bailey Fountain. A popular spot for wedding photos, the fountain shows a man, woman (representing wisdom and felicity) and a boy holding a cornucopia. They stand on top of the prow of a ship surrounded by Neptune – god of the sea – and a triton.

While writing this, I wondered if there were other “Arches” in NYC. Here is what I found…

There is more than one Grand Army Plaza in NYC

The influence of European arches can still be found in NYC

Assistance from Untappedcities and CurbedNY

At the southern entrance to Central Park is the Manhattan’s  version of The  Grand Army Plaza. General William Tecumseh Sherman, his steed, and guiding angels stand on the northern half of the plaza, gracefully and confidently striding towards across the street to the Pulitzer Fountain and the entrance of the Plaza Hotel. Sadly no Arch,

Washington Square Arch – I imagine that most visitors, when visiting the Village, have been to Washington Square Park. The arch here was originally built of wood to honor the 100th anniversary of George Washington’s inauguration. Later, it was made out of marble and was inspired by the Arc de Tromphe.

Manhattan Bridge Entrance – The entryway to the Manhattan Bridge was inspired by a different Paris Arch – the triumphal Porte Saint Denis

American Museum of Natural History – The Central Park West entrance to the American Museum of Natural History was modeled after the Arch of Constantine and is known as the Theodore Roosevelt Memorial.  It has four notable explorers in sculpture at the top: Daniel Boone, John James Audubon, William Clark and Merriweather Lewis.

 

FACADE OF THE MUNICIPAL BUILDING –The Arch of Constantine also served as the model for the facade of the Municipal Building. The building’s terra-cotta vault  was inspired by the Palazzo Farnes and its columned entrance was possibly modeled on Bernini’s Colonnade, at St. Peter’s. I don’t think many non city people visit this area.

 

 

 

Dewey Seaman Arch – This mostly forgotten arch is now partially obscured behind buildings in Upper Manhattan. The arch is a remnant of a once wealthy family and is  said to be an exact replica of the Arc de Triomphe in Paris.

also, there were two temorary Arches at Madison Square Park but removed years ago.

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