City SnapshotAt the intersection of Broadway and Westend Avenue at 106th Street is Straus Park. The park and this fountain are dedicated as a memorial to Isador and Ida Straus, owners of famous Macy's Department Store from 1896 until their death aboard the RMS Titanic in 1912. The story of how the Strauses perished that day is legendary. Not wanting to board a lifeboat ahead of any of the women or children, Isador insisted that his wife, Ida, and her maid, Ellen Bird, board lifeboat No. 8 without him. It was then that Ida was heard to say to her husband, "We have lived together for so many years. Where you go, I go." And so the two went down with ship together--a romance more moving than Hollywood could ever concoct.
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