Alternative New York: 7 monuments you have never seen in The City


Do you travel to New York often and think you know it well? Have you already seen the 10 essential spots that your tourist guide marks? Have you ever thought that the Statue of Liberty is not as big as it seems in the movies?

Today we will present 7 alternative, slightly different and hidden monuments that you can discover in your next trip to New York. And it is in this endless city where the Annual International Quality Summit Congress organized by Business Initiative Directions will take place on the 26th and 27th of May of 2013, at the New York Marriott Marquis.

1. The Boot Monument

We must explain that this monument, located in Saratoga Historical Park, pays tribute not only to the boot itself, but also the heroic soldier who wore it. General Benedict Arnold suffered a gunshot wound in his foot during a victorious independance battle. People say that he didn’t feel honored enough after the battle. This led him to commit the worst betrayal possible: to join the British side. Another fun fact: it is the only monument in New York where the name of homage is not dedicated to anyone by name. Is it an oversight?


2. Green Wood Cemetery

This cemetery-come-park was founded in 1800 as a rural cemetery. Even though nowadays it has lost popularity, in the XIXth century it was a common tourist sightseeing spot, next to places like the Niagara Falls. If you walk along its romantic paths you can find the grave of Jean-Michel Basquiat’s, an new yorker who revolved with Andy Warhol the art-scene of the 70s.


3. A monument to Topsy, the elephant that Edison electrocuted.

Topsy was an elegant elephant that after having a short circus career was sent to be used for the construction of Coney Island theme park. Meanwhile, Thomas Edison was fighting to prove that the the alternating current that his rival George Westinghouse was defending was far too dangerous. Therefore to the misfortune of Topsy, he decided to use her enormous mammiferous volume and electrocute her in front of 1.500 angry spectators. In exchange, Topsy earned a corner in the Coney Island Museum for posterity.


4. Millay House: The narrowest house of the city.

This odd construction is placed in the 75th of Bedford Street. It measures 2.5 meters by 13, a real challenge for interior decorators. And if anyone thinks this is not alternative enough, we have to add that it was also the studio of the Pulitzer winner Edna St. Vincent Millay, who patiently lived there for 24 months.


5. The Titanic Memorial.

The only lighthouse in the city is located at 15 State Street. It honors the victims of the disastrous sinking that should have arrived in Manhattan in 1912. At the top there is a time ball that used to be dropped at 12 o’clock every night, the exact time when the boat disappeared in the sea. This building is a symbol of the disasters that have shaken the people of New York over its fascinating history.


6. Duke Ellington Memorial.

The famous jazz musician Duke Ellington poses next to his piano raised by nine muses forming a modern sculpture composition. The monument is 7 meters high and is located in the northeast of Central Park. It was the first public monument honoring an African-American in New York City.


7. Time Landscape: A living memorial of the city’s primitive nature.

The artist Alan Sonfist once realized that New York was not always what we see today. The city full of skyscrapers was once a natural habitat that one now struggles to imagine. To help the memory stay alive, he designed a park where plant species of the pre-colonial Manhattan grow. It is a small Noah’s Arc in the northeast corner of La Guardia Place.


When New Yorkers say they love their city they refer to something much bigger than just Times Square and the Empire State Building. With these 7 tips to we encourage you to find the version of the city you like the most the next time you visit it.