Monthly Archives: April 2014

my neighborhood and how they commemorate deceased teachers

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Where: P.S 216; 350 Avenue X, Brooklyn, New York 11223

Who: Jacki Lanzoff (1981-1993) a dedicated teacher that had a made a difference in the school. Jacki was a teacher, a mentor, a coordinator, and friend. She change lives of many student and staff, through her dedication to teach and most important helping those around her. For this reason, I believe when a teacher is been honored is because that teacher must have been a role model, and Jacki Lanzoff was a role model.



Where: P.S 216; 350 Avenue X, Brooklyn, New York 11223

Who: Sara S. Savage (1965-1986) was also a dedicated teacher, mentor, and friend that had made a difference in the school. Sara tree was the first one to be planted by fellow staff to honor teachers for their hard work and achievements. Her tree impacted me the most, because is the only tree that has a quote “nothing can buy back the splendor in the grass, the glory in the flowers, let us not despair rather, let us rejoice in what remains behind” by percy B. Shelley. For this reason, it seems like Sarah enjoy being outdoors, and love nature and gardening, that she started a trend within the school to plant trees to honored deceased teachers who has made a difference in the school.


My Neighborhood – The Upper West Side, Manhattan


The Soldiers’ and Sailors’ Monument

 The Soldiers’ and Sailors’ Monument is located at West 89th Street in Riverside Park, Manhattan.   It was built to commemorate Union (Northern) soldiers who died in the Civil War.  The monument was unveiled by then-governor, Theodore Roosevelt, in a ceremony featuring surviving veterans, in 1902.  Its design was based on ancient Greek architecture.  There is a door to enter the monument, but the public may enter only once year on Openhousenewyorkday.


There are inscribed plinths leading up to the monument that contain the names of  Union generals, New York volunteer regiments and the battles they fought in.  Here is the plinth devoted to Ullyses S. Grant, whose own tomb is just up the street.


I adore The Soldiers’ and Sailors’ memorial.  It is solemn and beautiful and it provides many seating areas with gorgeous views of the Hudson River and the park.  It is the perfect place to reflect on the many lives lost in the war to preserve our nation and the sacrifice of too many of our armed forces, then and now.




My Neighborhood – The Upper West Side, Manhattan

One block from my apartment is a huge attractive nuisance of a rock pile in Riverside Park at W 82d Street.


Every child who visits chez Donsky feels compelled to climb the dangerous rocks to my great dismay. Deeply embedded at the base of the rocks is a bronze plate commemorating Cyrus Clark (1830-1909).


Clark was a prominent businessman who lobbied for the interests of our neighborhood. A neighborhood association dedicated the plaque to him in 1911.

I like this plaque because it is so substantial, so deeply embedded in the giant rocks. Thousands of years from now when New York City is entirely under water, archeologists will find this plaque dedicated to a man who is not even given a mention in Wikipedia.