He greets you, in his way, from 30 feet up, bronze turned Statue of Liberty green, against a pink marble backdrop and pedestal, over the entrance to his red brick former Bush Terminal Company admin building at the end of 43rd Street in Brooklyn: Irving T. Bush (1869-1948), man of business, in a business suit and tie, carrying his hat and cane, moving forward, eyes on the future, over your head. He may have nodded a brief hello.
Never heard of him? He rates the statue. Make a list of people who have imagined, built, and transformed New York City, and he should be right up there, even without alphabetical order. He helped define Sunset Park, and Brooklyn, in the 20th century. He wrote a book about it. [Read more…] about Brooklyn’s Bush Terminal: A 1902 Model for Intermodal Transportation