The Brooklyn entrance to the Manhattan Bridge used to have two wonderful Daniel Chester French sculptures on it that presented Miss Manhattan and Miss Brooklyn to travelers as a symbolic representation of both Boroughs. Taken down by the infamous destroyer Robert Moses in 1964, the original sculptures now reside in the Brooklyn Museum. But earlier this year, sculptor Brian Tolle recreated some impressive replicas of the statues, and placed them on a rotating platform near the Brooklyn Entrance to the bridge.
The new, lightweight sculptures were installed in January 2017. Created by Brian Tolle, they not only rotate but are designed to light up at night. While Miss Manhattan (in the foreground of the above video) is surrounded by symbols of wealth and commerce — there’s a peacock, ship anchors and a treasure chest — Miss Brooklyn gracefully sits amongst symbols of education and religion, including a child reading a book and a church spire.
They can be found at the intersection of Tillary Street and Flatbush Avenue Extension so be sure to look up if you are in the area, but be careful… the intersection is the most dangerous in the City.
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