The plaque beneath this statue on the Staten Island campus of St. John's University reads:
Cast in France during the late 1800s, this statue of St. Vincent de Paul was gifted to St. John's University by the Sisters of Charity after standing for decades in front of St. Vincent's Catholic Medical Center in the West Brighton section of Staten Island. It was erected here to proclaim the University's Catholic and Vincentian identity to all who enter.
St. Vincent de Paul, Universal Patron of Charity, Pray for Us — April 25, 2007
Hero Park honors the 144 soldiers from Staten Island who perished in World War I. The centerpiece of the park is Sugar Loaf Rock, a large glacial boulder adorned with a few plaques: one dedicating the park to the "splendid sons of Staten Island who so nobly gave their lives in the World War", one listing the names of the fallen soldiers, and one providing a little information about the rock itself, which "marks the boyhood playground of many of the men whose gallant deeds it now commemorates". There are also trees in the park that memorialize the soldiers; soil from beneath these trees was taken to France to be placed upon the graves of Americans who died in the war, and soil from those graves was brought back and placed beneath the trees.
This elaborate memorial commemorates the long-defunct Augustinian Academy, which opened in 1899 as Staten Island's first Catholic high school. (The academy's original building still stands nearby; it's currently occupied by Our Lady of Good Counsel School.) The slew of signs provide information on everything from the academy's alma mater and valedictory song (including the songs' melodies written in musical notation) to its school seal to the various relics of its now-demolished Grymes Hill building (where it moved after outgrowing the aforementioned 1899 structure) that are incorporated in the monument: the bell, the cornerstone, and some ceramic tiles from the chapel.
Brooklynite [James] Pietsch remodeled and then moved in to this existing stone estate gate-house. The result would intrigue Hansel and Gretel, as it does us.