Famous Landmarks in Utica-Eric Meier’s Top 5
The Central New York area has been touched by so much history and our city fathers have commemorated that history with magnificent monuments that dot our cityscape and serve as landmarks for our community. The City of Utica has a great list of all Utica’s monuments on their website. I wanted to spotlight a few of them for you.
The Parkway Eagle
The Parkway Eagle sits high atop the hill overlooking Utica in Roscoe Conkling Park. The park is best known for being the home of the Utica Zoo and the Val Bialis Ski area. But head a little deeper into the park via either Steele Hill Road or Master Garden Road and you will be treated to the best view of Utica to be found anywhere. From the Eagle’s perch you’ll see the ski lift, the valley carved by the Mohawk river and the Adirondack foothills to the north. If you’ve never fallen in love with Central New York, one visit to see the view the Eagle sees every day should seal the deal.
Christopher Columbus Statue
Given Utica’s strong Italian heritage, a statue of Columbus is the perfect choice to adorn the Memorial Parkway in East Utica. The memorial was erected in 1952 by the local chapter of the Italian-American Society. The Columbus statue is near Mohawk Street midway on the Memorial Parkway between Genesee Street and Culver Ave.