The Verrazzano Monument
Battery Park, New York City
There is a monument honoring Verrazzano at the Battery in New York, appropriately located directly in front of the launching area of the boats taking thousands of visitors every day to the Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island, the former point of clearance for all who sought to emigrate to the United States. This monument was placed in a park in Manhattan and dedicated in 1909 (commemorative medal is seen above). The Il Progresso Italo-Americano was an Italian American newspaper which was the mainstay of Italian immigrants and Italian Americans through the 1960's. It's publisher, Fortune Pope, was apparently greatly responsible for the construction and dedication of this magnificent monument.
The monument was moved, stored and forgotten, probably in the 1930's. John N. LaCorte, being informed of the existence of the monument, pursued the project of bringing the lost statue out of storage and prominently placed in the City of New York. Consistent with his character, LaCorte never took no for an answer. Through his perseverance and commitment to the project, the statue, in 1951 was moved to its present location.
Rare Medal commemorating the dedication and placement
of the Verrazzano Monument
Donated to the Italian Historical Society of America by Pat Amendolia