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Landmark of Love: Straus Monument and Park

Straus Monument and Park

The poignant Straus Monument celebrates the life and love of Isidor and Ida Straus.

Tucked away at the triangle where West End Avenue meets Broadway at West 106th Street in Manhattan, the poignant Straus Monument—a bronze statue of a reclining woman depicting Memory overlooking a flower bed (originally a reflecting pool)—celebrates the life and love of Isidor and Ida Straus. The owner of R.H. Macy & Co. and his wife were sailing from England to New York aboard the doomed Titanic: When the iceberg struck, Ida remained with her husband rather than board the lifeboat solo. She was overheard to say, “We have lived together for many years. Where you go, I go.” When Straus Park was dedicated in 1915, Mayor Mitchel lauded “the man and woman who valued fidelity and loyalty above everything else.”

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