Best statue of a famous political leader (2008)

statue of Mayor Fiorello LaGuardia

Admittedly, it's pretty tough to capture anyone's essence—let alone that of a feisty and famous mayor—in a bronze figure that's going to be frozen in motion forever. But in a city filled with stiff, Napoleonic-style depictions of the politicians of yore, the statue of Mayor Fiorello LaGuardia in Greenwich Village never fails to convey the Little Flower's boisterous enthusiasm. Brooklyn sculptor Neil Estern caught New York's 99th mayor in mid-stride, his hands poised in a clapping motion, his mouth wide open and about to emit a blast from his famous nasally trumpet. Appropriately sited on LaGuardia Place in 1994, the statue is in front of a Citibank branch. Maybe the pint-sized mayor is about to let loose with a tirade about greedy loan policies?


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