I haven’t spent much time in Norwood, Bronx over the years — it’s an interesting area that can now justifiably claim to be the new Little Italy, since the old Little Italy in SoHo has pretty much been absorbed by Chinatown.
Christopher Columbus, an Italian sailing under the Spanish flag in 1492, was looking for a passage to Asia but arrived in the Caribbean instead. The subsequent events, which resulted in the death and enslavement of thousands and the formation of a great democracy, can be debated as to which outweighs the other. I just carry a camera around the city taking pictures.
Columbus has retained a great reverence in American history; witness Columbus Circle and Avenue in Manhattan, Columbus, the capital of Ohio, and parades countrywide– and in the Italian-American community (re Cristoforo Colombo Avenue, or 18th Avenue, in Bensonhurst, Brooklyn). You’re aware of the Columbus monument at Central Park West and 8th Avenue, but there’s another striking Columbian memorial on Arthur Avenue, at D’auria-Murphy Square, where East 183rd, East 184th, Crescent and Arthur Avenues all meet.
The park’s centerpiece is a statue of Christopher Columbus that was moved here in 1992 from P.S. 45 on Bathgate Avenue and Lorillard Place. It is the work of Attilio Piccirilli (1866-1945) whose world-renowned studios on 142nd Street and Willis Avenue produced the Maine Monument at Columbus Circle, completed in 1925, and the statue of Abraham Lincoln in the Lincoln Memorial. NYC Parks
The Piccirilli Brothers Studio in Mott Haven, Bronx [Place Matters]