Brooklyn in Kings County, New York — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
Inspiratio per exemplum – Inspiration through example
The garden honors the legacy of Italian-American John N. Lacorte (1910-1991)
John Lacorte championed awareness of the positive achievements of Italians and Italian-Americans. His efforts led to the establishment of the Italian Historical Society of America (1949) whose mission is to perpetuate the names of those of Italian heritage who have contributed to the advancement of mankind.
Among these individuals was Giovanni Da Verrazano (1480-1528) the first European to sail through these Narrows to discover Upper New York Bay and the Hudson River in 1524, eighty-five years prior to Henry Hudsonís arrival. The dedicated effort of John Lacorte led to the naming of this magnificent bridge after the great Italian explorer.
Throughout his life John Lacorte was guided by the principle “inspiratio per exemplum,” which became the motto of the Italian Historical Society of America
July 4, 2003 Brooklyn, New York
The Verrazano medallion, the work of artist Albino Manca (1898-1976), was originally commissioned to commemorate the 1964 dedication of the Verrazano-Narrows bridge. Vandalized and lost for many years, the restored medallion has been incorporated into this commemorative garden.
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Location. 40° 36.633′ N, 74° 2.101′ W. Marker is in Brooklyn, New York, in Kings County. Marker can be reached from 4th Avenue near near 101st Street. Touch for map. in Bay Ridge. Marker is in this post office area: Brooklyn NY 11209, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. The Dover Patrol (about 400 feet away, measured in a direct line); John Paul Jones (about 400 feet away); First Resistance to British Arms in NY (about 500 feet away); The Battle of Brooklyn (about 500 feet away); Denyseís Ferry – Gravesend Bay (about 500 feet away); Spanish 24-Pounder (about 700 feet away); 13-inch Seacoast Mortar, Pattern 1861 (about 700 feet away); On July 4, 1776 (about 700 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Brooklyn.
More about this marker. The marker is along a path in John Paul Jones Park.
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