Monday, March 8, 2010

Soldiers and Sailors Memorial

On the beautiful almost spring day last Saturday I spent some time in Riverside Park. It's literally a block from my building, but I usually go towards Central Park, which is four blocks away. Riverside Park is the "local" park, not famous, but well populated with walkers, runners, folks walking dogs and lots and lots of children playing.
The view across the river to New Jersey

I enter the park at 89th St and each time I see the memorial to the Union fallen of the Civil War, the Soldiers and Sailors Memorial. Until I took pictures to share I had no idea of its history. But thanks to Google, I discovered that it was built in 1902 and the owner of the mansion across the street sued the City of New York, under the premise that the memorial would block her view. 

This shows the names of the battles on one of the sculptures adjoining the main monument  

Hope you enjoyed sharing spring in New York City, especially in my corner of Manhattan, the Upper West Side. So happy you could join me!


Chatty Crone said...

So people sued in 1902? I think they should be happy that they had something so memorable in front of their home!

It was beautiful. The weather looks good too.


Country Wings in Phoenix said...

Hi Buttercup Sweetie...
Thank you so much for sharing with me today. I love your History lessons.

This monument is beautiful, can you imagine someone being angry enough to sue over something as beautiful and meaningful as this monument?

You are so lucky to have such beautiful architecture around you where you can go. I could sit in this park for hours I believe watching the people go by. I am a people watcher for sure. Love it.

Thank you for sharing my friend. Have a beautiful Tuesday. Country hugs...Sherry

Roxie said...

Thanks for the photos! I love, love, love the UWS.

West Side of Straight said...

your city is so rich in history. I love your blog. What happened to your snow - all melted already? It's getting warmer here, but still snow on the ground and piles.

I'm mostly known as 'MA' said...

I do appreciate your sharing the beautiful sights there for sure. I'm an armchair traveler and love being able to see things I'd never get to see other wise. The pictures are so nice and I love seeing the blue sky too! We have also been blessed with some of that here and the snow is melting! Have a terrific Tuesday!

Anonymous said...

First time to your beautiful blog. I am a native NYer but moved to NJ as a child. Thanks for sharing a bit of history as well as your lovely photographs. I will be returning.

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Country Whispers said...

Love the pictures and the history to go with them.
I liked your little rhyme and I've entered you into the giveaway.
Good Luck!

Sybil said...

Buttercup, you are just wonderful to share your lovely City with us...As you know I just love travelling and have visited NY but many many years ago and didn't see very much at all, so I look forward to many more "walks around Manhattan" Much Love Sybil xx

Ms Sparrow said...

Wow, great pictures. You almost make me homesick for New York and I've never been there! Enjoy these spring days.

Nancy M. said...

Wow! How cool! You have so many things to do there. Thanks for sharing it all with us!