Andrew H. Green Memorial Bench, inside Central Park. (See web address of map in "Notes" below.)
Please join us in Central Park as we raise a toast of apple cider to Andrew H. Green, the unsung 19th century master planner, reformer and preservationist who transformed New York into a world-class city. The ceremony will take place at the Andrew H. Green Memorial Bench, the only public monument to "The Father of Greater New York" in the five boroughs.
Prof. Kenneth T. Jackson, editor of the Encyclopedia of New York City, has called Green, "arguably the most important leader in Gotham's long history." During his fifty-year career, Green steered the creation of some of New York City's foremost parks, cultural institutions and public works. He rescued the city from bankruptcy after the Tweed Ring scandals, and pioneered the historic preservation movement. Most importantly, he masterminded the 1898 consolidation of the five boroughs, a measure that expanded the city's size five-fold.
Lovers of Central Park, Riverside Park, Morningside Park, the New York Public Library, the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the American Museum of Natural History, the Bronx Zoo, the Washington Bridge, City Hall and the very five-borough city itself will want to pay their respects to this forgotten civic giant.
Light refreshments will be served.