Written by Joe Scotchie: email@example.com Friday, 13 April 2012 00:00
Memorials and references to Roslyn’s most famous literary figure, William Cullen Bryant are at numerous places in New York: The huge Bryant Park and monument in back of the New York City Public Library, a Bryant High School in Queens County, and here in Roslyn, the local library, an avenue, and Cedarmere, his longtime home.
And pending approval of the New York State Assembly, that list might grow to the Roslyn Viaduct Bridge.
Recently, a bill sponsored by State Senator Jack M. Martins (R. – Mineola) to rename the viaduct in honor of Bryant has been approved by the state senate. The bill (S. 6240) awaits approval from similar legislation in the state assembly and Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s signature.
In the meantime, the Martins bill was received with a ringing endorsement by prominent figures in the Roslyn community.
“Naming the Roslyn Viaduct after William Cullen Bryant is a great tribute to a man who has contributed so much to what is now the historic Roslyn Village,” said John Durkin, mayor of the Village of Roslyn. “Now, all who travel from the east and west through our village will be reminded of the many contributions of William Cullen Bryant, an outstanding poet, writer, anthologist and translator.”
“It’s so apropos to name the bridge in honor of a man who has done so much for Roslyn,” added Cathleen Mealing, director of the Bryant Library. “I want to thank Senator Martins for introducing the bill.”
“It’s really an admirable thing to do,” said Roslyn Landmark Society Executive Director Franklin Hill Perrell of renaming the viaduct. “We hope the naming of this bridge will lead to the rediscovery of this writer. During the 19th century, William Cullen Bryant rivaled Mark Twain as the most famous author in America.”
For his part, Senator Martins noted the village’s strong reputation as a place where historical preservation is of paramount importance. Renaming the bridge, he said, would add to the village’s luster in that field.
“The Village of Roslyn, the Bryant Library and the Roslyn Landmark Society do an exceptional job of preserving the history of this beautiful village,” said Senator Martins. “It’s appropriate that the viaduct have a name that is synonymous with the community.”
The Roslyn Viaduct was constructed in 1949. It recently underwent an extensive renovation process, the first in its history. And now, that project may culminate with a new name for the structure.
A native of Cummington, MA, Bryant moved to New York in 1825, where after working for several literary publications, he eventually served for half a century as editor of The New York Evening Post. In 1843, Bryant was able to purchase the residence known as Cedarmere, from where he would commute daily to Manhattan and his editorial duties at The Evening Post. Bryant’s most famous poem is Thanatopsis, which was published in 1817. In addition to his editorial work, Bryant was also a civic leader, helping to create the Metropolitan Museum of Art and giving shape to the construction of Central Park. Bryant also introduced Abraham Lincoln when the latter gave his Cooper Union address in New York City in 1860, solidifying his position as one of the leading political activists of his time.
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Gavin, Jade and Karyna Olsen
Friday, 14 June 2013 00:00
Across Nassau County, residents are reacting with a mix of surprise, empathy, and appreciation to the Nassau County District Attorney’s recent arrests of more than 100 men for soliciting prostitutes, including three Manhasset residents ranging in age from 22 to 79.
The DA’s office not only arrested the men, but made public their names and photographs. That, some feel, was an invasion of privacy, while others feel that the men should take responsibility for their actions, and their neighbors have a right to know what type of people surround them.
Thursday, 13 June 2013 00:00
For the first time since 2005, the Manhasset Indians won the Long Island championship and took home a quarterfinal win last week on Motamed Field at Adelphi University. Unfortunately, the dream of a state championship ended in upstate Cortland, as the girls’ lacrosse team fell to Brighton in the Class B girls’ lacrosse semifinal.
Though obviously frustrated and disappointed in coming so close to the state finals after a long and promising season, the ladies of Manhasset can still see the promise in the future of the team.
Thursday, 13 June 2013 00:00
Three members of the Manhasset Varsity Softball team were honored at the Nassau County Softball Coaches Association awards dinner at the Crest Hollow Country Club on June 4. Head Coach Lauren Majewski escorted the three players as they were honored by the Association for their outstanding play, and contribution to the Nassau County Softball League. These awards are significant as they are selected by the league coaches. This year, Manhasset had the distinction of three honorees recognized by the league.
Senior Ariana Larocca and freshman Murphy McGorry both received All-Division honors while senior Katherine Giesecke was awarded the All-Conference honor. The Manhasset High School Softball Program, under the keen guidance of Coach Majewski, has become a perennial playoff contender.