New York in New York County, New York — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
The Landing of The
December 21, 1620
Erected By The
New England Society
In The City of New York
Erected 1885 by The New England Society in The City of New York.
Location. 40° 46.385′ N, 73° 58.106′ W. Marker is in New York, New York, in New York County. Marker is at the intersection of 72nd Street Transverse Road and 5th Avenue, on the left when traveling east on 72nd Street Transverse Road. Touch for map. Located a short distance west of the East 72nd Street Transverse & 5th Avenue entrance. Marker is in this post office area: New York NY 10023, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Kerbs Memorial Boathouse (about 700 feet away, measured in a direct line); Landmarks of New York (about 700 feet away); Bethesda Fountain and Terrace (about 700 feet away); Edwin Franko Goldman (about 700 feet away); 307th Infantry AEF (approx. 0.2 miles away); Knights of Pythias Memorial (approx. 0.2 miles away); City Employees War Memorial (approx. 0.2 miles away); William John Liebig (approx. ¼ mile away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in New York.
More about this marker.
Today, most Park visitors know Pilgrim Hill as one of the best sledding spots in New York City. After a large storm, hundreds of children and their parents flock to the hill, lured by a steep slope that gently descends to its finish. In the warmer months, it's a popular spot for picnicking and lounging.
Regarding The Pilgrim. This bronze piece by acclaimed sculptor John Quincy Adams Ward (1830–1910) depicts one of the Pilgrims that landed at Massachusetts’s Plymouth Rock in November 1620. The monument was commissioned by the New England Society for the organization’s 75th anniversary.
The monumental figure is leaning on his musket, and his hat, boots, and belt buckle evoke the dress of the period. Architect Richard Morris Hunt (1828–1895) designed the rusticated granite pedestal, which features four bas-reliefs depicting various significant aspects of the Pilgrims’ landing, including the Mayflower ship and an image of a bible and sword. The piece was dedicated in 1885 in Central Park at the north side of the East 72nd Street throughway. The slope below the
Sculptor Ward has been referred to as the “Dean of American Sculptors.” He contributed nine sculptures to the parks of New York City.
Also see . . . The Pilgrim. (Submitted on May 23, 2010, by Michael Herrick of Southbury, Connecticut.)
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Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on May 23, 2010, by Michael Herrick of Southbury, Connecticut. This page has been viewed 699 times since then and 22 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7. submitted on May 23, 2010, by Michael Herrick of Southbury, Connecticut.