17th Annual Tribute Ceremony

for Unsung Civic Hero

Andrew H. Green


SUNDAY, OCTOBER 6 | 12:00n | GREEN MEMORIAL BENCH | CENTRAL PARK | FREE

Please join me, Michael Miscione, the former Manhattan Borough Historian, and other history lovers as we raise a toast of apple cider to Andrew H. Green (1820-1903), 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. I will preside over the festivities. Our guest speaker will be Greg Young. He, with Tom Meyers, produce and host the popular NYC history podcast The Bowery Boys. Complete details below, including a map and directions to the bench.


WHO WAS ANDREW H. GREEN?

Prof. Kenneth T. Jackson, editor of The Encyclopedia of New York City, has called Mr. Green, "arguably the most important leader in Gotham's long history." During his fifty-year career Mr. 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."

Andrew H. Green, c. 1870
The Bowery Boys: Tom Meyers (left) and Greg Young (right)

GUEST SPEAKER: GREG YOUNG OF THE BOWERY BOYS

The Bowery Boys, Greg Young and Tom Meyers, have lived in New York for the past 20 years and have been curious about the city since the day they arrived. They’ve been recording the Bowery Boys Podcast, which they describe as a “romp down the back alleys of New York City,” since 2007. Currently, there are nearly 300 episodes available as free downloads through iTunes and many other podcast streaming services. (Note: Podcast #300 will be about Mr. Green! It will be released on Friday, October 4.) They also write and maintain a related blog, and they have written the book Adventures in Old New York, which they call "a time-traveling journey into a past that lives simultaneously besides the modern city." They also offer Bowery Boys-branded walking tours. Information about all of these activities can be found at boweryboyshistory.com .

EVENT DETAILS

  • Green Memorial Bench in Central Park (directions and map below)
  • Sunday, October 6, 2019 (Mr. Green's birthday)
  • 12:00n
  • Free. No reservations required. Invite your friends!
  • Light refreshments will be served.
  • If you have questions or need more info, email me at mmiscione@yahoo.com .

DIRECTIONS TO THE ANDREW H. GREEN MEMORIAL BENCH

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 (a composting operation will be on your right), turn left onto the wide 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.