Avenue of the Americas is not a name I usually use for Sixth Avenue.
After taking a picture of a statue over on the Avenue near Spring Street the other day, the “Americas” part of the Avenue has begun to take shape for me beginning with General Jose Artigas who stands guard in Soho Square.
The New York City Parks Department’s website provides all the details. Here’s a snippet:
In 1945 Sixth Avenue was renamed Avenue of the Americas, at the suggestion of Mayor Fiorello H. LaGuardia (1882-1947), to honor Pan-American ideals and principles. [The] statue, which depicts scholar, scientist, statesman and patriarch of Brazilian independence, Jose Bonifacio de Andrada e Silva (1763-1838), is one of a pantheon of six sculptures of Latin American leaders which overlook the Avenue of the Americas. Located at the Avenue’s southern end are the statues honoring Juan Pablo Duarte (1813-1876), considered the Father of the Dominican Republic, and General Jose Artigas (1764-1850), Uruguyan independence leader in Soho Square. Located on the Avenue at Central Park South are statues of the Cuban patriot, journalist, and poet, José Martí (1853-1895), Argentine General José de San Martín (1778-1850), and South American liberator Simón Bolívar (1783-1830).
Who knew? I did not. A couple of weather-worn blue and white floral displays suggested a Uruguayan celebration around General Artigas feet in recent weeks.
The Villager newspaper’s offices are located nearby, too.
September 5th, 2007
Entry Filed under: East Village, New York City