Straus Park Lovely and Pleasant (II Samuel 1:23)

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A charming little pocket park on Broadway and 106th. I never quite noticed the dedication and scriptural allusion, written in gold letters bunched up too closely together and impossible to read.

“In Memory Of Isidor And Ida Straus Who Were Lost At Sea In The Titanic Disaster April 15, 1912 Lovely And Pleasant Were They In Their Lives And In Their Death They Were Not Divided.”

My mother tells me that the model is Audrey Munson, who appears all over Manhattan: e.g.. Columbus Circle memorial to the Maine, Pomona in front of the Plaza Hotel, Civic Fame on top of the Municipal Bldg. and many many more.

The biblical text records David’s lament for Saul and Jonathan: “Lovely and pleasant were they in their lives/And in their death they were not divided (II Samuel 1:23)

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Zachary Braiterman is Professor of Religion in the Department of Religion at Syracuse University. His specialization is modern Jewish thought and philosophical aesthetics.
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