Straus Park



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Straus Park is a small landscaped park in Morningside Heights, Manhattan, at the intersection of Broadway, West End Avenue, and 106th Street.
Straus Park is a memorial to both Ida and Isidor Straus, a United States congressman and co-owner of Macy’s, who perished on the RMS Titanic.
On the Straus Park memorial is carved a passage from Second Samuel 23, “Lovely and pleasant were they in their lives and in their death they were not parted.” The reference is to Ida’s choice to stay with her beloved husband, Isidor, rather than get safely into a lifeboat.
Straus Park exists because a small triangle of land is formed where Broadway and West End Avenue merge. It was known as Schuyler Square when acquired by the City in 1895, and was renamed to Bloomingdale Square in 1907.
The most notable feature of Straus Park is a "pensive" 1913 sculpture by the American artist Augustus Lukeman in the form of a memorial to Ida Straus. The model for the sculpture was Audrey Munson.
Between 1995 and 1997, Straus Park was renovated and expanded to the west, by the addition of 15 feet of West End Avenue. An endowment established by the Straus family funded the transformation of a neglected reflecting pool in front of the sculpture into a planting bed. The Friends of Straus Park fund maintenance and the planting of seasonal flowers.
The Strauses lived in a house at numbers 2747 Broadway, between 105th and 106th Street, one block south of the location of the memorial.