Restoration Corporations Of New York Salute Our Gift From France

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No, it’s not the REAL Arc de Triomphe. It’s the York de Triomphe! York Restoration Corporation strolled through Washington Park in Manhattan, arm-in-arm with a beautiful, warm pretzel (with mustard), when we came upon the Arc.

The arch was built in the late 1800s to commemorate the 100-year anniversary of Washington’s inauguration as first and arguably baddest (in a cool way) president of the US. Grover Cleveland comes in a close second, I think.

While New York’s arch was modeled after the official Arc de Triomphe in France, ours is only about half as tall (77 ft to 160 ft) and not quite so “Triomphic” overall. But! Ours was made in America! Its inscription reads,

“Let us raise a standard to which the wise and the honest can repair. The event is in the hand of God.” — Washington

YES! The wise and honest restoration corporations can repair anything! Washington was the man. I don’t care how many cherry trees or fake teeth he burned through in a lifetime.

Little-known addendum: my favorite despotic, warmongering, diminutive crackpot, Napoleon, originally wanted a building in the shape of a giant elephant in place of the Arc. Let’s all sigh in relief that cooler heads prevailed.

Arc de Elephant?!?


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