Union Square: Independence Flagpole Restoration – New York NY

The NYC Parks Department website explains that: “Although this flagstaff commemorates the 150th anniversary of the signing of the Declaration of Independence, it is also known as the Charles F. Murphy Memorial Flagpole. The intricate bas-reliefs and plaques were completed… read more

USS Illinois Improvements – New York NY

The federal Works Progress Administration (WPA) conducted improvement on the training ship USS Illinois (later USS Prairie State), stationed off 135th Street on the Hudson River. The boat was sold for scrap in 1956. WPA project details: “Alter and rehabilitate U.S…. read more

Van Cortlandt Park Retaining Wall – Bronx NY

The New Deal Network Website explains that the retaining wall pictured here was constructed in the 1930s by the Works Progress Administration’s (WPA) National Youth Administration (NYA) in Van Cortlandt Park. The photo’s caption notes that “The bridle path is… read more

Wards Island Wastewater Treatment Plant – New York NY

“Under the auspices of the New York Department of Sanitation, between 1937 and 1944, three new wastewater treatment plants were constructed — Wards Island in Manhattan, and Bowery Bay and Tallman Island in Queens. These facilities were designed to reduce… read more

Washington at Valley Forge Memorial Restoration – Brooklyn NY

The Washington at Valley Forge memorial is an equestrian statue of George Washington   (1732–1799), Commander in Chief and first President of the United States (1789–97), sculpted by Henry Merwin Shrady in 1901.  It is the centerpiece of Brooklyn’s Continental… read more