Andrew H. Green Memorial Event

The Manhattan Borough Historian’s Office Cordially Invites You to

THE FIFTH ANNUAL
TRIBUTE TO ANDREW H. GREEN, NYC’S FORGOTTEN CIVIC GIANT

Borough President Scott M. Stringer & Historian Kenneth T. Jackson are Among Those Scheduled to Speak.

Join us in Central Park on Sunday, November 18th as we raise a toast to Andrew H. Green, the unsung 19th century master planner, reformer and preservationist whose influence was so far-reaching that some historians describe him – in a good way – as “the Robert Moses of the 19th Century.”

Scheduled speakers include Manhattan Borough President Scott M. Stringer; Prof. Kenneth T. Jackson, editor of the Encyclopedia of New York City; Bill Pearson, a Green family member; and Michael Miscione, the Manhattan Borough Historian. (Other speakers to be announced.)

This is a milestone year for Mr. Green’s legacy. 150 years ago, the state legislature created the Board of Commissioners of the Central Park. Under Mr. Green’s leadership, the commission became New York City’s first comprehensive planning body and the tool with which Mr. Green transformed New York. Central Park, Riverside Park, the American Museum of Natural History, the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the street grid and improvements north of 155th Street, and – most importantly – the scheme for consolidating the five boroughs owe their existence directly to the visionary planning that Mr. Green pioneered through the commission.

Light refreshments will be served.

WHEN:

Sunday, November 18, 2007 at 12:00n.

(If inclement weather threatens, check www.andrewhgreen.net that morning at 9:00a for event status.)

WHERE:

The Andrew H. Green Memorial Bench, inside Central Park at about 105th Street.

Note: The bench is extremely difficult to find and is not marked on most park maps. Follow the directions below or consult the map at www.andrewhgreen.net .

COST:

Free and open to all. No reservations required.

QUESTIONS ABOUT THE EVENT:

Contact the Manhattan Borough Historian’s Office at (212) 669-8089 or boroughhistorian@manhattanbp.org .

LEARN MORE ABOUT MR. GREEN:

Visit www.andrewhgreen.net .

DIRECTIONS TO THE ANDREW H. GREEN MEMORIAL BENCH:

From the East Side: At Fifth Avenue and E. 102 Street, enter the park via the automobile entrance road. Bear right, merging on to the main drive. Continue walking 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 on to the blacktop footpath that heads uphill. Bear right as you walk along the footpath. The bench is at the top of the hill.

From the West Side: At Central Park West and W. 100 Street, enter the park via the automobile entrance road. Bear left, merging on to the main drive. Continue walking north on the drive for about two blocks. Before the drive crosses a stone bridge, turn right on to the wide, well-paved crossover road that heads to the East Side. This road will be marked with an “Authorized Vehicles Only” sign. Continue down this road, passing a little police kiosk on your right. Just before the road intersects with the main east drive, turn left on to the blacktop footpath that heads uphill. Bear right as you walk along the footpath. The bench is at the top of the hill.

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