15th Annual Andrew H. Green Tribute Ceremony


Please join us as we raise a toast of apple cider to Andrew H. Green, the unsung 19th century master planner, reformer, and preservationist whose accomplishments transformed New York into a world-class city. The ceremony will take place at the Andrew H. Green Memorial Bench in northern Central Park on Saturday, November 11 at 12:00n. Manhattan Borough Historian Michael Miscione will preside over the festivities. Guest speakers to be announced.

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 and earned him the nickname "the Father of Greater New York." 

Green’s custom-created stone bench was installed in the park and dedicated in 1929. Five trees – representing the five boroughs of the consolidated city that Green helped create – were planted around the bench. But the original location of the bench is not where it is today. The bench was moved, probably in the 1960s or 1970s. Its exact original location has been something of a mystery. But it will remain a mystery no longer! Mr. Miscione has obtained a detailed 1935 digital map of Central Park showing that first location of the bench. He has GPS-enabled the map, and after the ceremony he will lead the search party for the original bench site. 

Andrew H. Green Tribute Ceremony 
Saturday, November 11, 2017
12:00 noon
Free. No reservations required. Invite your friends!
Andrew H. Green Memorial Bench, inside Central Park at about 105 Street (map and directions below)
Light refreshments will be served at the ceremony. 
Questions/inquiries: mmiscione@manhattanbp.nyc.gov 

When the Green Memorial Bench was dedicated in 1929 it was in a different location within Central Park. Speakers at the event included (l. to r.) Capt. N. Taylor Phillips (Andrew H. Green Memorial Association), Willis Holly (Park Board), Col. Henry W. Sackett (
Andrew H. Green 
Memorial Association), Dr. Nathan Williams Green (A.H.G.'s nephew), and Dr. George F. Kunz (American Scenic & Historic Preservation Society).

Several years ago Prof. Kenneth T. Jackson spoke at an Andrew H. Green tribute ceremony. 
(Image at top of page: Andrew H. Green, c. 1870) 


Note: Looking at the map, the bench appears approachable from all sides. It is not! Because of hills and drop-offs not shown, it can only be reached using the footpath mentioned below.

From the East Side: At Fifth Avenue and E. 102 Street, enter the park via the pedestrian entrance. Make your way onto the main auto drive. Walk north on the drive for about two blocks. When you come to the standing three-sided map on your left (the composting operation will be on your right), turn left on to the wide, well-paved crossover road that heads to the West Side. Take an immediate right onto 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 onto the wide, well-paved crossover road that heads to the East Side. A yellow phone box will mark the intersection. Continue down this road. Just before the road intersects with the main east drive, turn left onto the blacktop footpath that heads uphill. Bear right as you walk along the footpath. The bench is at the top of the hill.