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Levy Gate

This text is part of Parks’ Historical Signs Project and can be found posted within the park.

This two-leaved gate ornamented with animal figures was a gift of the Irving and Estelle Levy Foundation and is named for the philanthropists. Each leaf sports eight monkeys, two owls, and one squirrel. Parks monuments artisan A. Walter Beretta (1908–1966) designed the gate, which was originally located at Irving and Estelle Levy Playground at 80th Street and Fifth Avenue before it was conserved in 1989 and moved to its present spot at nearby Pat Hoffman Friedman Playground.

Beretta studied sculpture in Italy and played football at Nebraska State College. He served in World War II and worked for Parks as head of the monuments office from its inception in 1934 until his death in 1966.

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Ice Skating RinksLasker Rink (Temporarily Closed)

Lasker Rink is closed due to a refrigeration malfunction. Parks is trying to repair the rink's concrete slab and valves to identify and fix the source of the leak, in the hope of reopening the rink to the public later this season. In the meantime, the Trump Organization along with NYC Parks will work with the community and other area rinks to try to accommodate hockey and skating groups who call Lasker Rink home. Refunds will also be issued to any organizations who reserved and paid for use of the rink during the time that it will be closed.

Central Park Weather

  • Wed
    Rain/Snow
    47°F
  • Wed
    Slight Chc Rain/Snow
    40°F
  • Fri
    Mostly Sunny
    40°F
  • Sat
    Mostly Cloudy
    43°F

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