7. The Hiker

The Hiker war memorial in Staten Island

Located in Staten Island’s Tompkinsville Park, The Hiker statue honors local soldiers who served in the Spanish-American War. Dedicated in 1916, it was originally located in front of Staten Island Borough Hall, but was moved to its current location in 1925. It depicts a single foot soldier with a rifle hanging from his shoulder — an image derived from the long marches in the tropical Cuban climate that the infantry had to endure.

Today, additional tablets have been installed on The Hiker’s pedestal in honor of the Daughters of the American Revolution and those who served in the Civil War and WWI.