Eastern Brooklyn

Central Library’s eagle statue named after former Brooklyn borough president

January 10, 2019 By Meaghan McGoldrick Brooklyn Daily Eagle
The Brooklyn Public Library's copper Eagle statue was officially named Ingersoll. Photo courtesy of Brooklyn Public Library

Drum roll, please.

Brooklyn’s Central Library’s storied eagle statue has been given a new name.

The decades-old sculpture perched in the lobby of the borough’s main branch has been dubbed “Ingersoll,” according to NBC New York

The name — a tribute to Raymond Ingersoll, Brooklyn’s Borough President from 1934 to 1940 — was chosen after the Brooklyn Public Library (BPL) launched a contest seeking name suggestions for the cast copper eagle last fall. Members of the public voted on five finalists at the end of last month.

The BPL announced the winner on Wednesday.

Runner-ups included “Dodger,” “Emily,” “Harmony” and “Winged Wonder.”

The statue itself once adorned the former Brooklyn Daily Eagle headquarters. The sculpture was donated to the Brooklyn Historical Society after the old offices’ demolition, and was later gifted to the Central Library in 2018.

The Central Library is located at 10 Grand Army Plaza.

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