From Babyhood by Paul Reiser:

Every place I looked I saw a great place to be somebody's parent.

"I could walk into that 7-Eleven and buy my kid a soda … I could play ball in that park and teach my kid how to hit a jump shot … I could pass that statue and explain to my kid why Bolivia sent us a guy on a horse … " It all seemed nothing but good.

Any idea what statue he was referring to? (Or is it a fictional one?) I'd be keen to visit it, given the opportunity.

(Reiser is from New York, but I don't know where he was living when he wrote the book.)

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    Sorry but how is this related to travel?
    – rlab
    Nov 4, 2012 at 10:46
  • @rlesko, would you be okay with "A Reader's Digest article on New York City mentioned a statue of Gustav Mahler. Does anyone know where it is?"? If so, can you articulate the difference between that and this?
    – msh210
    Nov 5, 2012 at 2:58
  • @rlesko lots of people read about things and then want to go see them. I specifically visited the statue of a dog in South Africa, the star of the book "Jock of the Bushveld"(!).
    – Mark Mayo
    Nov 6, 2012 at 3:02
  • @msh210 I guess his point is, you've not made it a travel question. That sounds pedantic, but if you could reword it, it'd definitely be a better fit. I'm about to edit it now, let me know if you don't like my changes, I'll try to keep it intact.
    – Mark Mayo
    Nov 6, 2012 at 3:03

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The one he is probably referring to was actually presented by Venezuela - The Equestrian Monument of Simon Bolivar, liberator of Bolivia, Panama, Colombia, Ecuador, Peru, and Venezuela from Spanish rule.

photo of the monument

This statue is at the entrance to Central Park at the north end of Sixth Avenue - The Avenue Of The Americas - so it fits the context of the story well.

Photo from nycgovparks.org


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