I looked into that Fort tryon Park and noticed that Rockefeller the same who owns the island bought some paintins called the Unicorn Tapestries.
These are being held in the “The Cloisters ” ( The museum / castle ) on this same island where Phineus is captive. The Painting are about a group of people hunting and searching for a unicorn which they capture, almost kill and then hold in captivity. Unicorn a mythical creature too that flies. When I looked at the etymology of unicorn is says “containing one horn” does not describe a horse at all so we know dragons have horns or they appear to. So Can a Unicorn and Dragon be one in the same?
The Cloisters is a branch of the Metropolitan Museum of Art which houses the museum’s extensive collection of medieval European art and artifacts, including the noted Unicorn Tapestries. The museum’s buildings are a combination of medieval structures bought in Europe and reconstructed on-site stone-by-stone, and new buildings in the medieval style designed by Charles Collens. The museum owes its existence to philanthropist John D. Rockefeller, Jr., who purchased the medieval art collection of George Grey Barnard, and gave it to the Met along with his own collection. The Met then had the Cloisters built in Rockefeller’s newly created Fort Tryon Park with endowment money from Rockefeller.
The Hunt of the Unicorn, or the Unicorn Tapestries, is a series of seven tapestries dating from between 1495 and 1505, now in The Cloisters in New York, probably woven in Brussels or Liège. The tapestries show a group of noblemen and hunters in pursuit of a unicorn.
The PDF even talks about the Rhino, its funny how you showed us they have a rhino there on Fort Tryon Park, coincedence?
Now the chinese have what they call The qilin (Chinese: 麒麟; pinyin: qílín) or kirin is a mythical hooved chimerical creature known in Chinese and other East Asian cultures, said to appear with the imminent arrival or passing of a sage or illustrious ruler. It is a good omen thought to occasion prosperity or serenity. It is often depicted with what looks like fire all over its body.
The qilin may be described or depicted in a variety of ways.
Qilin generally have Chinese dragon-like features. Most notably their heads, eyes with thick eyelashes, manes that always flow upward and beards. The body is fully or partially scaled and often shaped like an ox, deer, or horse. They are always shown with cloven hooves. In modern times, the depictions of qilin have often fused with the Western concept of unicorns.
So my idea is they relate to a horse/unicorn since you can ride it!! Even in shrek the donkey hooks up with the dragon and are able to mate and have dragon/donkey babies…..
Also you mentioned that Dogs may be a lost species of dragons and the chinese do simulate their dragons often with a dog. or “mans best friend”!!
I know these masons definitely work on codes and symbology so the paintings could be a hint that they ahve captured the dragon and have him in captivity just like the unicorn !!