Patience and Fortitude

by davidbjensen

Flanking either side of the grandiose entrance to the New York Public Library, the stately library lions are two of New York’s most recognizable icons.  They were officially named Patience and Fortitude–character attributes he felt New Yorkers would need to sustain the Great Depression–by Mayor LaGuardia in the 1930s.

Patience, south of the main steps on 5th Avenue

Perhaps the symbolism behind the namesake of these statues serves as a timely reminder today…