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Fiorello H. La Guardia map_it

Read a history from Parks’HistoricalSigns Project.This text can be found posted within the park.

Location:
La Guardia Gardens, La Guardia Place between West 3rd and Bleecker Streets
Sculptor:
Neil Estern
Architect:
Ruth Shapiro
Description:
Standing figure (heroic scale) on pedestal
Materials:
Bronze, granite
Dimensions:
Statue H: 6'4"; Pedestal H: 3'2" W: 3'4"
Cast:
ca. 1994
Dedicated:
October 19, 1994
Fabricator:
A. Ottavino Corp.
Donor:
Friends of La Guardia Place et al.
Inscription:
Pedestal
FIORELLO H. LAGUARDIA
MAYOR OF NEW YORK CITY
1934-1945


NW tablet
BORN
DECEMBER 11, 1882
IN GREENWICH VILLAGE
DIED
SEPTEMBER 20, 1947
BURIED
IN WOODLAWN CEMETERY
THE BRONX


Front center tablet
THE SON OF IMMIGRANTS, FIORELLO LAGUARDIA WAS
THE FIRST ITALIAN-AMERICAN TO SERVE IN CONGRESS. HE DEVOTED HIS LIFE TO THE PUBLIC INTEREST. HE
WAS A CHAMPION OF SOCIAL JUSTICE AND A
DEFENDER OF THE POOR AND THE OPPRESSED. HE
FOUGHT AGAINST DISCRIMINATION AND CORRUPTION.
AS MAYOR OF NEW YORK, HE WAS A LEADER IN
BUILDING THE MODERN METROPOLIS. HE GAVE THE
PEOPLE OF THIS CITY TWELVE YEARS OF HUMANE
AND PROGRESSIVE GOVERNMENT. HE WAS HONEST.
HE CARED. HE WAS BELOVED
HE SET THE STANDARD
FOR ALL OTHERS TO FOLLOW.


SW tablet
U.S. CONGRESSMAN 1917-1919
MAJOR, U.S. ARMY 1917-1918
PRES. N.Y.C. BOARD OF ALDERMEN 1920-1921
U.S. CONGRESSMAN 1923-1932
MAYOR OF NEW YORK 1934-1945


NE tablet
NEIL ESTERN, SCULPTOR


SE tablet
THE FRIENDS OF LAGUARDIA PLACE
MARY SHRIVER PIERREPONT
NATHALIE PIERREPONT COMFORT
NATHALIE PIERREPONT URRY
DAVID ROCKAFELLER
CAROL, MICHAEL, SIMON & ZOE REIFF
BRENDA & CHARLES RODSTROM
LUESTHER T. MERTZ
ANNE & WHITLEY STREIBER
ANTHONY F. CIVALE
MATTHEW J. TROVATO
MARGARET HARDY SACHTER
CITIBANK, N.A., NEW YORK UNIVERSITY
A.D. WINSTON
THE YIP HARBURG FOUNDATION
EMANUEL P. POPOLIZIO
ALBERT NICHOLSON MCGRATH
JOHNNEY JIN LEE


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