The Penn Station Eagles

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Photograph of a Penn Station Eagle at the Cooper Union by Triborough on flickr

From 1910 until 1963, when New York actually had a Pennsylvania Station, 22 stone eagles (by artist Adolph A. Weinman) stood guard. Today 14 of them are known to still exist, and only three still in the city. Their new roosts are as follows:

Two of the city eagles are easy to spot. You can find them perched in front of the Penn Plaza complex. The third of the city eagles is a bit harder to find, sitting in a courtyard of a Cooper Union building at 3rd Avenue and St. Marks Place. You can see it through the fence on the 3rd Avenue side.

Three eagles have taken flight to Long Island where you can find two at the United States Merchant Marine Academy and one at the Hicksville Long Island Rail Road station. The greatest concentration of eagles winds up being in a rather ironic place, in the city where the plans for the destruction of their original perch were approved – Philadelphia. There, four eagles stand perched on the corners of the Market Street bridge.

The other survivors are further dispersed with lone eagles roosting at Valley Forge Military Academy in Valley Forge, Pennsylvania, Hampden-Sydney College in Hampden-Sydney, Virginia, Vinalhaven, Maine, and the National Zoo in Washington, D.C.

Posted by hubbyco on 2/27/12 | Permalink