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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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There are currently 2 service interruptions affecting access within this park.

PlaygroundsEast 72nd St Playground

The East 72nd St Playground is closed for construction. It will reopen this summer. Central Park Conservancy is renovating the playground to improve its accessibility and connection to the park's landscape. Please visit the Central Park Conservancyfor more information.

ParkCentral Park

As of April 27, Central Park's Bow Bridge is closed to the public for structural work and a fresh coat of paint. The work is expected to last three to four months. Removing the old paint will require wrapping the bridge in a tent-like structure to prevent debris from falling into the water. Along with repainting, the work will include replacing the wooden decking, fixing several beams on the underside of the span, and reinforcing approaches at either end.
Anticipated Completion: Summer 2015

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