Green Gets His Park
March 3rd, 2010

For years Manhattan Borough Historian Michael Miscione has been telling city residents that Andrew Haswell Green may well have been the most influential New Yorker they never heard of. Now, though, Green is about to get, if not fame, at least recognition.

A new park along the East River from 60th to 63rd Streets will be named for Green, a 19th century planner and civic leaders who created the plan to consolidate the five boroughs into the metropolis we know today and played key roles in the creation of several City parks, including most notably Central Park, as well as the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the New York Public Library and the Bronx Zoo. And he helped turn around the city’s finances. Despite that record, though, his only monument has been a bench in Central Park.

(To learn more about this largely unsung — until now — New York, read Miscione’s 2003 article in Gotham Gazette: Honor Andrew Haswell Green!)

In an email, Miscione described the decision to honor Green with the park “very gratifying” and said it “fulfills a promise made by the parks department to christen a park for Mr. Green.”

While Miscione and other aficionados of local history may cheer the name of the park, local residents will probably pay more attention to what will be in the 1.29 acre space. The plan, revealed at a Community Board 8 meting last month, drew enthusiastic reviews, according to Our Town.

“I hate to say it, but its almost perfect,” Barry Schneider said. In other words, a fitting tribute to the man behind some of New York’s greatest parks.

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