New York in New York County, New York — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
Fiorello La Guardia Statue
La Guardia Gardens
Unveiled in 1994, this dynamic statue of Mayor Fiorello H. La Guardia (1882-1947) is by the well-known sculptor Neil Estern (b. 1926). La Guardia, the son of a United States Army bandleader, was born on December 11, 1882, at 177 Sullivan Street in Manhattan’s Little Italy.
He received his law degree from New York University, was admitted to the Bar in 1910, and became the nation’s first Italian-American Congressman in 1916. La Guardia held various congressional posts until 1932, and served as president of New York City’s Board of Aldermen from 1920 to 1921.
In 1933, La Guardia, then nicknamed “Little Flower”, (translation of “fiorello”) was elected mayor on a reform Fusion ticket following the scandals that had forced Mayor James J. (“Beau James”) Walker (1881-1946) from office. He was inaugurated on New Year’s Day 1934. Over the next 12 years, La Guardia left his distinctive mark on City politics. He united the public transit system, consolidated and centralized much of City government, cracked down on illegal gambling, and constructed numerous bridges, parks, and airports. He appointed
La Guardia also served as Director of the U.S. Office of Civilian Defense from 1941 to 1942. Shortly after leaving office in 1945, La Guardia became Director General of the United Nations Relief and Rehabilitation Administration. La Guardia is remembered for his passionate leadership in defense of social causes. He died on September 20, 1947.
In the early 1990s, the Friends of La Guardia Place raised funds to renovate the barren public plazas along the east side of the street. The buildings along this stretch had been razed decades earlier to make way for the never built Fifth Avenue South connector to the unrealized Lower Manhattan Expressway. As part of these landscape improvements, the Friends commissioned this sculpture of La Guardia for the neighborhood in which he was raised.
Having considered the designs of several artists, The monument committee selected Neil Estern’s active full-figure representation, in which La Guardia is shown gesticulating in mid-stride, with his mouth wide open in speech. Brooklyn-based sculptor Estern, formerly
On October 19, 1994, the La Guardia sculpture was formally dedicated in a ceremony presided over by Al McGrath, the late president of the Friends of La Guardia Place. participants included L. Jay Oliva, president of New York University, and four mayors, Abraham D. Beame (served 1974-1977), Edward I. Koch (served 1978-1989), David N. Dinkins (served 1990-1993), and Mayor Giuliani (served 1994-2001).
City of New York Parks & Recreation
Rudolph W. Giuliani, Mayor
Henry J. Stern, Commissioner
Erected 2001 by City of New York Parks & Recreation.
Location. 40° 43.721′ N, 73° 59.896′ W. Marker is in New York, New York, in New York County. Marker is on LaGuardia Place near Bleeker Street, on the right when traveling north. Located in La Guardia Gardens between West 3rd and Bleecker Streets. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: New York NY 10012, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Chaim Gross (1904-1991) (within shouting distance of this marker); The Bitter End (about 300 feet away, Bohemorama (about 300 feet away); Founders Memorial (about 400 feet away); NYU Community Memorial (about 400 feet away); Judson Church Offices and Hall (about 400 feet away); Stonecutters Memorial (about 500 feet away); Loeb Student Center (about 500 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in New York.
Also see . . .
1. Fiorelo LaGuardia Wikipedia entry. (Submitted on October 5, 2019, by Larry Gertner of New York, New York.)
2. Mayor LaGuardia and the funnies. (Submitted on October 5, 2019, by Larry Gertner of New York, New York.)
Categories. • Government & Politics • Parks & Recreational Areas •
More. Search the internet for Fiorello La Guardia Statue.
Credits. This page was last revised on October 9, 2019. This page originally submitted on October 5, 2019, by Larry Gertner of New York, New York. This page has been viewed 63 times since then and 4 times this year. Last updated on October 8, 2019, by Larry Gertner of New York, New York. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on October 5, 2019, by Larry Gertner of New York, New York. • Michael Herrick was the editor who published this page.