Redesign for Central Park North Announced with Anticipated Completion 2024

 

 

 

The new recreational facility will be seamlessly integrated into the landscape surrounding the Harlem Meer. Image courtesy Central Park Conservancy

Elizabeth W. Smith, President & CEO of the Central Park Conservancy, joined today with New York City Parks Commissioner Mitchell J. Silver, FAICP, to unveil designs for a transformative project that will create a beautiful new recreational facility seamlessly integrated into the landscape around the Harlem Meer. The project will repair the damaged landscape, improve the ecology of the north end, and re-establish long-severed connections to one of the Park’s most picturesque areas. The new facility will replace the aging pool and rink, which has suffered from systemic problems since it was built and obstructs the flow of people, views, and water through the Park.

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Jean-Marie Appriou: The Horses Arrive on the Doris C. Freedman Plaza

 

 

 

Jean-Marie Appriou: The Horses arrive on the Doris C. Freedman Plaza

Jean-Marie Appriou: The Horses arrived on the Doris C. Freedman Plaza this month, following Mark Manders: Tilted Head.  Curated by Public Art Fund Curator, Daniel S. Palmer, the massive equine sculptures stand like surreal sentinels at the entrance to Central Park.

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Fastnet: Plein-Air Drawing Exhibition at Arsenal Gallery, Central Park opening in September

 

 

 

Fastnet: Plein-Air Drawing. Attendees of an observational drawing workshop in the Fastnet container. Image via freshkillspark.org

Fastnet: Plein-Air Drawing at Freshkills Park is an exhibition of plein-air drawings and ink studies of Freshkills Park that were produced through a series of workshops held within a 20-foot shipping container named Fasnet.

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Public Art Fund introduces Mark Manders: Tilted Head at Doris C. Freedman Plaza

 

 

 

mark Manders ‘Tilted Head’

The Public Art Fund has a lot going on this year, on the heals of the opening of Siah Armajani in Brooklyn Bridge Park. Coinciding with Met Breuer’s Siah Armajani: Follow This Line, it will unveil Mark Manders: Tilted Head at the Doris C. Freedman Plaza, on the southern end of Central Park at Fifth Avenue.

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Power to the People to Open at The Arsenal

 

 

Image: April 22, 1970, First Earth Day, View of Crowds in Union Square Surrounding George Washington Monument, Courtesy of NYC Parks Photo Archive

New York City’s parks have a long history of playing host to public demonstrations and protests that dates to the American Revolution. Since then, people have taken to the city’s streets, plazas, and parks to voice their distress during numerous periods of unrest. Today, parks continue to be some of the most democratic spaces for people to gather and declare their calls to action. NYC Parks Ebony Society’s exhibition Power to the People shares artists’ interpretations of public demonstration, drawing on both the city’s rich history of protest and current social conflicts.

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Memorial Holiday Pet Tree in Central Park

 

 

 

Hidden deep within Central Park in a secluded place stands a perfectly situated tree, dressed up for the Holiday’s every year ~ the ornaments all dedicated to beloved pets who have passed on, but as we see each year, are never forgotten. Walk with us as we hit the less-traveled paths in search of the Memorial Pet Tree in Central Park from years past.

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1978: The NYC Parks/New York Times Photo Project ~ an Arsenal Gallery Exhibition

 

 

Image courtesy NYC Parks Department/New York Times Photo Project. Photo credit Photographer unidentified, Fiesta Folklorica, Bethesda Fountain, Central Park, 1978, NYC Parks

Do you remember NYC in 1978?  The Arsenal Gallery will take you there in the new exhibition, 1978: The NYC Parks/New York Times Photo Project, opening on Wednesday, May 2nd.

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Monumental Women ~ Coming to Central Park in 2020

 

 

 

The redesigned Women’s Rights Pioneers Monument featuring Sojourner Truth, Susan B. Anthony, and Elizabeth Cady Stanton. Rendering of the statue in its future Central Park location, image courtesy Monumental Women

Monumental Women’s Statue Fund has commissioned and endowied a monument in Central Park honoring pioneers in the battle for Woman Suffrage and the movement for women’s rights, scheduled for installation in 2020.

The winning design by artist Meredith Bergmann, recently amended, includes Susan B. Anthony, Elizabeth Cady Stanton, and Sojourner Truth. All three are remarkable and monumental women’s rights pioneers who were New Yorkers and contemporaries. In the amended design, nationally-recognized sculptor Meredith Bergmann shows Anthony, Stanton, and Truth working together in Stanton’s home, where it is historically documented they met and spent time together.

The NYC Public Design Commission must review the amended design of the statue, which will be unveiled on The Mall in Central Park on August 26, 2020, the 100th anniversary of the ratification of the 19th amendment, when women constitutionally won the right to vote. Next year is also the 200th anniversary of Susan B. Anthony’s birth.

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Over Here: A Centennial Commemoration of World War I Memorials in NYC Parks

 

 

Three Sailors at Father Duffy Monument, Duffy Square, Manhattan, October 12, 1941, Rodney McCay Morgan/NYC Parks Photo Archive

The exhibit, Over Here: A Centennial Commemoration of World War I Memorials in NYC Parks features 39 of the 102 World War Memorials in New York City Parks with 94 vintage and contemporary photographs, original renderings and objects.

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May in the Conservatory Garden

The Conservatory Garden, a six-acre site in Central Park, is beautiful at any time of year. But in the month of May it comes to life with Cherry Blossoms and tulips. Below are some photos showing some of the enormous volunteer effort it takes to create this garden.

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