There’s nothing like a trip to the city that never sleeps to reinvigorate your ambitions, passions and biggest dreams. New York is just magical and the drive to do something great and conquer the world just lingers in the air. Whether you’re a Wall Street mover and shaker, an aspiring actor or director, a young diplomat, a journalist or the next Carrie Bradshaw – there’s something about the collective energy of all that ambition that gives you that extra umph.
And it seems like everyone’s got some sort of business. Either you’re selling yourself (no, not talking about high-priced call girls here but more like actors moonlighting as waiters) or you’ve got some gig going on. In SoHo you can buy just about anything and if you wonder into Chinatown, they’ve got secret rooms with almost perfect knock off purses.
There are also a million things to do, although Central Park is a prime location on a beautiful summer day. A fun thing to do is to take it all on a bike. No bike? No problem! There are Russian entrepreneurs who will rent you a bike for $15 an hour. Seems like a descent deal until you enter the park and find out that there are bicycles for rent for half that price. Not to worry, the serene surroundings help you get over that bitter “I’ve been ripped off” feeling fairly quickly.
Central Park is full of interesting things; among them is the statue of King Wladyslaw Jagiello. This , 14th/15th century horse galloping hero was the Grand Duke of Lithuania who united Lithuania and Poland after marrying the Queen of Poland, Jadwiga of Anjou, and becoming king.
Not many tourists know that the statue is there but if you’re into discovering hidden historical treasures then make sure to check it out next time you’re searching for some extra inspiration.
Here’s a short blurb about statue from the NYC Department of Parks and Recreation:
..The monument depicts King Jagiello leading Lithuanian and Polish troops in battle holding two swords crossed over his head, symbolizing the union of the two forces. Jagiello’s cape features the heraldic emblems of both Lithuania and Poland.
The statue was originally featured at the entrance to the Polish pavilion at the World’s Fair of 1939–40 in Queens’ Flushing Meadows-Corona Park. After Poland was invaded following the beginning of World War II in 1939, the statue was removed to storage. In 1945 the Polish government in exile donated the monument to the City and it was rededicated at its current location overlooking Central Park’s Turtle Pond…
Additional information can also be found on Poland’s official tourism website. We love New York. If you do too then let us know what you’re favorite NYC parts and attractions are. FT