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Doris C. Freedman Plaza Plaque map_it

  • Location: Scholars Gate
  • Description: Plaque
  • Materials: Bronze
  • Dimensions: 1'4" x 1'9"
  • Cast: ca. 1981
  • Dedicated: ca. 1981
  • Fabricator: Precision Engraving
  • Donor: Susan Freedman
  • Inscription: DORIS C. FREEDMAN PLAZA / THIS PLAZA IS DEDICATED TO THE MEMORY AND VISION OF / DORIS CHANIN FREEDMAN (1928-1981). AS DIRECTOR OF CULTURAL AFFAIRS / FOR NEW YORK CITY, PRESIDENT OF CITY WALLS, THE MUNICIPAL ART SOCIETY / AND THE PUBLIC ART FUND, SHE WAS A CHAMPION FOR THE ARTS, FOR ARTISTS, / AND FOR THE RIGHT OF THE PUBLIC TO ENJOY ART IN THEIR DAILY LIVES. / THANKS TO DORIS FREEDMAN, ARTISTS WERE ALLOWED TO RESIDE LEGALLY IN / THEIR SOHO STUDIOS. THROUGH HER EFFORTS, NEW YORK CITY / INTRODUCED / PERCENT FOR ART LEGISLATION REQUIRING CIVIC CONSTRUCTION PROJECTS / TO SPEND A PORTION OF THEIR BUDGETS ON ART. AS A PIONEER IN THE / FIELD OF PUBLIC ART, DORIS FREEDMAN LABORED TIRELESSLY TO ENLIVEN / AND HUMANIZE THE URBAN ENVIRONMENT. / THE PEOPLE OF THE CITY OF NEW YORK ARE THE BENEFICIARIES OF HER VISION.

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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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Starting June 29, 2015, Central Park Drives north of 72nd Street will be permanently car-free. For more information, please visit on.nyc.gov/1MOAh40.

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