The gateway to Central Park, Grand Army Plaza NYC is the only one of the park’s four corners that is an official part of the 843-acre landscape. Comprised of two semicircles, the Plaza is bisected by Central Park South in a split design, inspired by Paris’ Place de la Concorde.
Completed in 1916, the plaza takes its name from the Grand Army of the Potomac; the Union Army in the American Civil War. At the end of the Civil War, Union General William Tecumseh Sherman (1820–1891) moved to New York City and rode his horse through Central Park daily. The gilded bronze statue is American artist Augustus Saint Gaudens’ depiction of the General, dedicated in 1903.
On my way back from our last visit to Holiday House to break down our room, I snapped this pic.
Photo Credit: Sarah Sarna, iPhone4S.