We’ve all been there. Stuck in traffic at the base of the Kosciuszko Bridge, wondering who the hell Thaddeus Kosciuszko is.
Or maybe we’re dressing at home, listening to the radio, when a traffic ace like Pete Tauriello, or perhaps Trish Yodice (whatever happened to Trish Yodice), tells us there’s a pretty nasty tie-up on the Kosciuszko Bridge.
Again, who the hell was that guy?
Learn all you’ve ever wanted to know about Kosciuszko from a new book called The Peasant Prince: Thaddeus Kosciuszko and the Age of Revolution.
Peasant Prince was penned by Alex Storozynski. It’s no wonder Storozynski has held a lifelong fascination with the man; he grew up in the shadow of the bridge in Greenpoint, before moving to Rockaway Beach.
The book teases:
After George Washington, there are more statues in the United States of Thaddeus Kosciuszko than any other American historical figure. And every day, millions of TV and radio listeners hear about the traffic jams on the Kosciuszko Bridge between Brooklyn and Queens, as well as the gridlock on the Kosciuszko Bridge north of Albany.
Yet few people know that Kosciuszko gave his salary from the American Revolution to Thomas Jefferson and told him to use the money to buy slaves – and free them.
It was Kosciuszko’s plan for West Point that Benedict Arnold tried to sell to the British, and it was Kosciuszko’s plan to use the high ground at Bemis Heights that allowed the rebels to win the Battle of Saratoga – the turning point of the American Revolution.
Storozynski is a Pulitzer Prize-winning journo.