Brooklyn politicians (including our current, supposedly “progressive,” though IDC loving, mayor) tend to give developers ANYTHING they want. But occasionally, developers overstep their usually unlimited welcome in Brooklyn. And two statues put a limit on one developer’s plans.
I was reading a diary on Daily Kos that reminded me of this.
My son and I recently were introduced to a neat connection between Greenwood Cemetery in Brooklyn and the Statue of Liberty. On top of Battle Hill, where George Washington was nearly trapped by the British at the beginning of the Revolution but managed to, um, “strategically withdraw,” there is a statue of “Victory (as Minerva) saluting Liberty.”
(Pictures from THIS SITE)
This statue, built shortly after WW I (hence presumably referencing the victory over the Central Powers as well as over Britain in the Revolution) on the 144th anniversary of the Battle of Brooklyn, is facing the Statue of Liberty, saluting her with an upraised arm. Liberty of course looks like she is waving her torch in response.
Nearby is a memorial to the soldiers from NYC who gave their life for the Union in the Civil War (I love the unabashedly pro-Union sentiments in NYC). So in one place, the Revolution, Civil War, and WW I are all remembered on the site of the first battle of the Revolution.
As an aside, a developer, in true NYC tradition, wanted to build luxury apartments at the end of 7th Ave in Brooklyn. He fought to build it nice and tall to maximize profits, but for once a developer overstepped himself and was turned down because his building would block the view Victory has of Liberty. You can see this stub of the intended building in the picture above right between the two ladies waving at each other.
So developers can displace PEOPLE to make their profits, but not block the view of cool statues. Well, it is nice to know Brooklyn has SOME standards!
I want to emphasize that this is just one of the really, really cool things we saw at Greenwood. The tomb of Boss Tweed (too bad his spirit still haunts politics to day)…the tombs of Litchfield and of Boreum…etc. Well worth a visit or three.