Join us as we raise a toast to Andrew Haswell Green (1820 – 1903), the little-remembered 19th century master planner, reformer and preservationist known as “the Father of Greater New York.” Green’s influence was so far-reaching that historian Kenneth Jackson has described him as “arguably the most important leader in Gotham’s long history.”
Sunday, November 18 at 12:00 noon
Central Park, New York City
Free and open to everyone
Scheduled speakers include:
SCOTT M. STRINGER - Borough President of Manhattan
KENNETH T. JACKSON - Editor, Encyclopedia of NYC
MICHAEL MISCIONE - Borough Historian of Manhattan
2007 is a milestone year for Green’s legacy. It marks the 150th anniversary of the creation of the Board of Commissioners of the Central Park. Led by Green, this commission became New York City’s first comprehensive planning body and the tool with which Green began his transformation of Gotham. Central Park, Riverside Park, the American Museum of Natural History, the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the street layout and improvements north of 155th Street and, most importantly, the consolidation of the five boroughs all came to pass largely thanks to the visionary planning that Green pioneered through the park commission.
Visit andrewhgreen.net to learn more about Green and this event. Additional speakers may be added to the program.
The event will take place at the Andrew H. Green Memorial Bench inside Central Park at about 105 St. It is very difficult to find and is not marked on most park maps, so follow the directions below or consult the map at andrewhgreen.net.
Beginning at Fifth Ave. and E. 102 St., enter Central Park via the automobile entrance road. Bear right, merging on to the main drive. Continue north on the drive for about two blocks. When you come to the standing three-sided map on your left, turn left on to the wide, well-paved crossover road that heads to the West Side. Take an immediate right turn on to the blacktop footpath that heads uphill. Bear right as you walk along the path. The bench is at the top of the hill.
If inclement weather threatens, check andrewhgreen.net for the status of the event.
The Manhattan Borough Historian
Office of the Manhattan Borough President
One Centre St., 19 fl.
New York, NY 10007
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