Christoforo Colombo, not Christopher Columbus?

Statue of Christopher Columbus

Statue of Christopher Columbus counting the floors of the building on the other side of the Fifth Avenue

Yes, Columbus was Italian, so his first name was actually ‘Christoforo’ not ‘Christopher’.

But who cares about the spelling of his name? The main thing is that, if it wasn’t for Columbus, or Colombo, there wouldn’t be a Central Park Mall or a Central Park, or even a New York City.

When Christopher first sees his statue in the early morning fog at the foot of the promenade, he also misses a few minor details and thinks he’s wearing a miniskirt in the shape of a mushroom (possibly his robes being lifted by the wind).  What truly shocks him, however, is what happens next (see Central Park Story Book One)!


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