Monthly Archives: December 2014

Pope John Paul II



12-15-14-Newest Pope Statue


George Wibrowski

Estates Class

Extra Credit

 The statue of Pope John Paul II. stands outside of St. Stanislaus Bishop and Martyr Parish – A parish of the Roman – Catholic diocese. This church serves as a place of worship mainly for catholics, though all are welcome.

 St. Stanislaus Bishop and Martyr Parish

88-10 102nd Ave.

Ozone Park, N.Y. 11416

At the bottom of the statute it says: Bog Jest Miloscia, which means God Is Love.

This church commemorates the life of Pope John Paul II with a statute in front of it. Pope John Paul II lived from 5/18/20 – 4/2/05 and was the Pope and head of the Roman Catholic Church from 10-16-78 – 4/2/05.

Born, Karol Jozef Wojtyła, the late Pope John Paul II, was someone who played a major role in bringing about immense change throughout the world. Some major things which he helped to accomplish were; bringing more awareness to wrong actions done by the roman catholic church and pleading for forgiveness for those same wrong acts done by others of the said church.

By letting his feelings be known on various issues, he helped to put an end to oppressive forms of government such as communism in Europe and helped to bring about awareness to the great importance and under-appreciation of women not only presently, but throughout history.

He also let the world know that we must encourage our world’s youth because they are our future and need to be well-rounded to be able to handle our world’s future issues. Eventually, due to his efforts, a World Youth Day was established. During the gatherings of youth which the pope had initiated, the Pope let youth of the world know that he was confident in them and encouraged them to be themselves and to do their best in life.

During his papacy, Pope John Paul II, traveled extensively and made great efforts toward reaching out to as many people as he could because above everything else he wanted to be close to the people and send the message of faith, love, hope respect and equality amongst all people.

He made a valiant effort to strengthen relations with people of different religions such as with those of Jewish, Islamic, Buddhist and mostly all other faiths. He spread the message of forgiveness, when he forgave the person who shot him four times, nearly killing him back in 1981.

Pope John Paul II spoke 12 languages and used nine of those languages when he traveled thoroughly. He was a remarkable man who pushed for peace and equality worldwide, yet not being afraid to voice his disapproval when the church did something he did not approve of. For those reasons and others he was an effective and unmatched leader in our world’s history.




Teddy Roosevelt



12-15-14-Teddy Roosevelt newest statue

George Wibrowski

Estates Class

Extra Credit


President Theodore Roosevelt was the 26th President of the United States. (He lived from 10/27/1858 – 1/6/1919. He was President of The United States from 9/14/1901 – 3/4/1909. He was also a former NYC Police Commissioner and Governor.

The statue of him outside the American Museum of Natural History on 81st street and 5th avenue commemorates his adventurous life.   He was a historian, author, explorer and conservationist and a great American leader. The American Museum of Natural History encapsulates diversity and appreciation for our current and many other great civilizations of the past. President Roosevelt appreciated his time spent outdoors, and the wondrous feelings that went along with exploring nature’s landscape.

President Theodore or “Teddy” Roosevelt, was known as a very energetic, charismatic adventurous person with a forceful personality.

He spearheaded the building of the Panama Canal, which he felt, and rightfully so, would be one of the lasting legacies of his presidency.

During his presidency, Roosevelt, or T.R. as he was called, never wanted there to be “too much power in the hands of corporate America,” (according to a documentary on Roosevelt from The History Channel). One example of what he did to help curb that was to put blocks on the financier: J.P. Morgan’s attempt to own too many parts of the nation’s railroads.

He helped to improve labor conditions in our country. As a result of Roosevelt hearing about less than sanitary conditions at plants and factories where people worked, he spearheaded the passage of such laws in 1906 as the Meat Inspection Act and the Pure Food and Drug Act. He showed others that the Federal Government’s involvement can be a good thing. Sometime later, he also helped put forward and pass an act to conserve some of our country’s forests and natural resources.

Above all Roosevelt wanted to be the people’s President, not particularly siding with one political party or the other, he was not going to be pushed around, and he wanted to do the most good for the most people.

At times President Roosevelt also felt that he should flex the nation’s military muscle once in a while by letting other countries know that The United States was the top power in the west. In doing so, he proclaimed that from his presidency forward, the United States would police other countries’ major injustices in other parts of the western world.  

According to a documentary on Theodore Roosevelt from posted by The History Channel, Theodore Roosevelt was’ “the first President to fly in an airplane, own an automobile, and dive in a submarine.”

Sources: Roosevelt newest statue

Benito Juarez


12-15-14-Benito Juarez – Newest Statue

 George Wibrowski

Estates Class

Extra Credit

The Statue of Benito Juarez is located on the west side (the 6th avenue side) of Bryant Park between 41st and 42nd St. It was placed there in 2002 and it commemorates Juarez’s great leadership and his intense interest in protecting the interests of the people of his great country of Mexico and being a friend of the United States in times of both war and peace.

Benito Juarez. Benito Juarez was the President of Mexico for five terms (from 1858 – 1972). He was born in San Pablo Guelatao, Oaxaca, Mexico. He was an indigenous President and a greatly celebrated leader. (He lived from 3/21/1806 – 7/18/1872).

President Benitez spoke out against corruption in the Mexican military and as a result made several enemies. He went into hiding for a little while in Louisiana.

Juarez was granted an extension of his presidency and fought the invasion of Mexico by the French government. Juarez went to the United States to ask for support, but they offered him a position with the U.S. government without taking immediate action.

Though under intense pressure from France, Juarez refused to leave Mexico and finally got the U.S. to see his side, U.S. President Andrew Johnson ordered that the French leave Mexico right away.

The French didn’t respond but Juarez never gave up. Juarez wanted freedom for his people, freedom for the people to elect and control what goes on in their state themselves, not being controlled by a foreign country and freedom from all citizens having to follow a single religion. He wanted equal rights for all of his country’s people. His visions were ahead of his time.

Juarez was an honored member of MOLLUS, (the Military Order of The Loyal Legion of The United States), for his good relationship with the United States, his tactfulness in difficult times for his country and for being a good partner and loyal friend to the United States during times of both war and peace.


and a video from youtube. c o m on Mr. Juarez.

Christopher Columbus

12-15-14-Chris Columb newest photo


George Wibrowski

Estates Class

Extra Credit –

The statue of Christopher Columbus stands at the main southern entrance of Central Park, Columbus circle, on 59th street and the intersection of 8th avenue and Broadway.

The statue commemorates Columbus’ voyages and arrival to the Americas. It also commemorates the great open space which we have in that central location, Central Park. Some trees within the park have remained in place for over a hundred years and it is a welcoming inner city escape for many New Yorkers.

Columbus’ statue was build in 1892 by Gaetano Russo to commemorate 400 years since he and his team landed in America.

Briefly in 2012, the statue was brought down to be part of an exhibit by Japanese Artist Tatsu Nishi with help from the Public Art Fund. In a controversial project, the statue was carefully brought down and into a large replica of a living room built about 7 stories up in the air. The artist is known for bringing usually hard to access exhibits into a more “accessible” view to the public, said Nicholas Baume director and curator of the public art fund.

Christopher Columbus was born in Genoa, Italy and lived from approx: (10/31/1451 – 5/20/1506).

Columbus spent five years raising funds from those in positions of influence such as Queens Isabella of Spain, before he had enough resources to make his voyage out west. On his voyage, Columbus stumbled across what was referred to as “the new world,” while he and his countrymen were in pursuit of a different trade path to Asia, or to find India. He came with three of his ships; the Nina , the Pinta and the Santa Maria. When they arrived, to the Bahamas, on October 12th 1492, it was deemed to be Europe’s first (as far as they knew it) encounter of this new land – known to be America.

Though millions of people had already lived in the Americas before Columbus arrived, he is credited with setting forth news that would attract the Spanish and other Europeans to the conquest and major change of The Americas.

As a result, much devastation had occurred, in part purposely by violence from the Spanish, and depletion of the Americas’ resources (such as trees), but partly accidental as well from a disease known as small box which unbeknownst to the Spanish, had been carried over by them to the new world.

In addition though, industrialization of certain things such as fishing took place and more shaping by European influence began as well. Horses were re-introduced to the area (from having previously been on the continent during the times of the ice-age).

Overall, after the English had defeated the Spanish, they came over in larger numbers, bringing much of their crops over to the new land which they would plant in place of where vast amounts of trees once stood. They also planted new trees, apples and they brought bees for honey.

Eventually, after much influence by the British and more battles had been fought, we were able to put in place a government independent of British rule, all of which would not have been possible (at least not as it had occurred), without the adventurous efforts and journeys to the Americas taken by Christopher Columbus, his fellow countrymen (their optimistic ideals), and the generations of Europeans with their advanced forms of agriculture which followed.

I obtained the above information from the sites below, but mainly from the this site, which is an interesting several part series on Columbus, on youtube, from the history channel.

Sources: cnn. c o m, wikipedia. o r g, youtube. c o m

Margarita Rivera

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On December 1st, 2014 my aunt, Margarita Rivera was brutally murdered by an ex-boyfriend. The images you see above are of her memorial that we held on 107-22 Watson Place in Queens, the memorial was held to honor her life. This was a commemoration for what she left behind, two beautiful children and my loving family. Not only was she a sweet and loving person to her children and all of her nieces and nephews, she was also a foster mother who took care of children who were in need. The purple balloons as well as candles are put in to use to highlight and raise awareness for domestic violence. Although I am saddened by my aunts passing, I am honored that I can now be a domestic violence advocate and help tell her story.

-Darreus Francis

Our Places : How We Commemorate

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As was walking a friend to class i stumbled upon this building for the first time of all my years at City Tech. Once i realized it was a commemoration of a person, I took the picture. The Voorhees Hall is named after Enders M. Voorhees who was the founder of his Enders M. Voorhees Fund in the New York Community Trust. This was to help New Yorkers achieve their charitable goals and making grants that respond to certain needs of the city. I feel this commemoration is a huge honor for the college of technology.


When roaming the park for a nice walk, I came across this statue of Robert Fulton which he lived from 1765 – 1815. Robert Fulton was a engineer who was proudly credited and honored for developing the first commercially steam engines. Also, was highly interested in steam boats in which they used on steam boats in 1977. I feel this commemoration is a special tribute which earns its respect throughout the neighborhood.


When leaving from my friend’s house, I seen that he lives on the street of one of the greatest political leaders from Jamaica Marcus Mosiah Garvey. Also, he created the black star line which build the awareness of communities in particular areas of people ancestors. I feel the street showed a great commemoration to those who live in the area.


Every day I walk past the corner and never have I thought to see what name is commemorated up the street from my building. Harriet Ross Tubman is a high inspiration in not only my life but to many of those who feel the pain and struggle she went through in her life. As first African-American abolitionist who escaped slavery and also, helped more than fifty people out as well. I feel this is a special tribute to Ms. Tubman especially in an area that deals with many African-Americans going through hard times.  


Mexicos Mass Kidnapping

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This photograph was taken at Vassar College which is in Poughkeepsie, upstate New York as a campus vigil. I had to take the Metro North to the last stop which was Poughkeepsie the travel time was 1hr ½ which followed by a $7 cab drive. Vassar College is a private now coeducational liberal arts college in the town of Poughkeepsie, New York. The college was originally founded as a women’s college in 1861 by Matthew Vassar, but the school became a coeducational institution in 1969.

Close up #43

This picture captures the 43 Mexican student teachers missing since September 26th, 2014. The students were from a teacher training college in a town named Ayotzinapa they traveled to Iguala, a city in southern Mexico after participating in a demonstration to promote teachers’ rights seeking to raise funds for education. Iguala’s mayor José Luis Abarca Velázquez, and his wife, María de los Ángeles Pineda Villa were behind the order to local police which had ties to the drug cartel to stop the students; they demanded the police to detain them at all costs and by any means necessary which resulted in six people found shot dead while 43 of the teacher students were never seen again.

This moved me tremendously, mainly because we lost people whom cared to make a difference to the future which are the kids of this world. On November 20th, 2014 here in NYC protests were made in support for families of these teacher students. Although I could not participate because I had to go to work, I made sure to grab my black eyeliner pen and draw the number 43 on my left side of my face. I walked proudly out of my home that morning; I was also approached by 4 people that asked me what it meant as I proceeded to explain to them the way Mexico was terrorizing its own civiliansme

Albert Einstein

Albert Einstein College of Medicine

Some other ways we commemorate people is by dedicating a building or part of a building and placing someone’s name on it. We often see this done at hospitals.

For example this hospital in the Bronx is called The Montefiore Medical Center. It’s also known as The University for the Albert Einstein College of Medicine – Henry and Lucy Division.

The names came as a result of Albert Einstein’s agreement to allow his name to be used on the first school that was to be built in NYC since 1897. (See the history section of the Albert Einstein College of Medicine’s website.) You’ll also see the names of Henry and Lucy Moses. Lucy was a NYC philanthropist; her husband was a lawyer and financier. Lucy focused most of her efforts in helping the poor. One of the funds set up was in the interests of healthcare. (I took this picture because Henry and Lucy were my parents’ names too.)