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Brooklyn Today for Jan. 25

The "George Washington at Valley Forge" statue at the foot of the Williamsburg Bridge. NYC Parks Department photo

Brooklyn Daily Eagle

Good morning. Today is the 25th day of the year. On this day in 1901, Brooklyn Register James Howe (who held a now-defunct office) announced his plans to erect a statue of George Washington Avenue at Bedford Avenue and Fourth Street, “near the fountain.” The statue, he said, would serve as an inspiration for generations of schoolchildren. It would be modeled on a similar statue erected in Washington, D.C., in 1853. The statue, known as “George Washington at Valley Forge,” was eventually installed nearby, at the foot of the Williamsburg Bridge, and dedicated in 1906. It was sculpted by Melvin Shrady, a lifelong New Yorker who also designed monuments in Washington, D.C.

Well-known people who were born today include basketball player Vince Carter, musician-singer Alicia Keys, actress Ana Ortiz (“Ugly Betty”) and actress Leigh Taylor-Young (‘Peyton Place,” “Dallas”).

January 24, 2013 - 12:57pm


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