Update Regarding the Columbus Circle Statue

Tuckahoe Westchester Italian Cultural Center Generoso Pope Foundation

On September 20, 2018, the New York State Board of Historic Preservation voted unanimously to place the Columbus Circle statue in the state register for its historic and cultural significance. Immediately following the vote, the state Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation Department nominated the statue for a designation on the National Register of Historic Places.

“The form and content of this work embody a number of ideas about civic pride, patriotism, nationalism, and ethnic identity that informed American culture in the early 20th century,” said Jennifer Betsworth, a state historic preservation expert who presented the Columbus monument proposal to the state board. “The erection of the Columbus statue in the “geographic center” of New York City was an attempt “to help Italian American immigrants gain status in American society,” she said.

The statue was unveiled in 1892 with funding from the Il Progresso Italo-Americano. Generoso Pope made the Il Progresso the largest Italian-daily newspaper in the nation, with a circulation of over 200,000 just in New York City alone.

On October 8, 2018, we celebrated Columbus Day in New York City, where nearly one million spectators lined up along 5th Avenue. We are commited to preserving the Italian heritage and traditions for generations to come.