The Leonard Lopate Show

The Statue of Liberty Was One Man's Quixotic Pet Project

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

 For decades, the myth has persisted that the Statue of Liberty was a grand gift from France, but Elizabeth Mitchell reveals that the statue was in fact the pet project of one quixotic and visionary French sculptor, Frédéric Auguste Bartholdi.

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The Leonard Lopate Show

Endangered Cultural Heritage Sites

Thursday, October 10, 2013

Bonnie Burnham, president of the World Monument Fund, will talk about the organization's 2014 watch list of endangered cultural heritage sites. This year’s list includes 67 sites in 41 countries, and includes places both near (like the Hudson River Palisades) and far (like the city of Yangon, Myanmar).

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From Ashes to Answers: A New Monument Honors Arson Dogs

Thursday, June 28, 2012

A 450-pound bronze sculpture was unveiled on Wednesday at New York City’s Fire Museum on Spring Street. “From Ashes to Answers,” which depicts a firefighter and his dog, was the inspiration of Jerry Means, a former fireman and arson investigation agent in Colorado.


The Takeaway

The Eisenhower Memorial v. The Eisenhower Family

Wednesday, February 08, 2012

President Dwight D. Eisenhower is most commonly remembered as a vocal opponent of communism and a leader who ushered in one of America's most prosperous eras. But a new national memorial in Washington D.C. offers a different image: designed by famed architect Frank Gehry, the proposed monument features Eisenhower as a young, barefoot boy in Abilene, Kansas, gazing on images of his adult accomplishments. This has been met by criticism, mostly from Eisenhower's family.



Despite Heat, Conservators Wash and Wax Staten Island Monuments

Wednesday, June 08, 2011

On the docket for treatment were the 1893 bronze "Neptune Fountain" at the Snug Harbor Cultural Center, a 1915 sculpture of the Civil War captain Major Clarence Barrett across from Staten Island Borough Hall, and Allen Newman's iconic "The Hiker" in Tompkinsville Park.



Niche Market | Gravestones at Grande Monuments

Wednesday, February 23, 2011


New York is a city of specialists from foodies to academics, laborers to shopkeepers. Every Wednesday, Niche Market will take a peek inside a different specialty store and showcase the city's purists who have made an art out of selling one commodity.

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