Last week during the DUMBO Arts Festival, artist Mark Gagnon installed a paper-maché statue of the Patron Saint of Brooklyn, Walt Whitman. The Whitman statue is currently located under the Manhattan Bridge archway in DUMBO, the same area where Whitman worked as editor of the Brooklyn Eagle from 1846 to 1848.
In addition, the first edition of his masterpiece, Leaves of Grass, was published on Old Fulton Street. The Brooklyn Museum has a feature on Whitman for the 150th anniversary of the publication of that sacred text, and you can check out pictures archiving the poet's old stomping grounds here.
Below, you can listen to two readings from Whitman's immortal poem, "Crossing Brooklyn Ferry" (originally titled "Sun-Down Poem")-one read by the actor Jeffrey Wright outside of the Walt Whitman Houses in Fort Greene; and the other read by the inimitable Galway Kinnell at the Fulton Street Landing, as he does every year for the Poet's House walk.