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Arsenal Landmark Plaque map_it

  • Location: The Arsenal, east façade, left of basement entrance
  • Description: Plaque and small circular medallion
  • Materials: Aluminum
  • Dimensions: Plaque H: 1'3" W: 1'11"; Medallion Diameter: 6"
  • Cast: 1958
  • Dedicated: 1958
  • Donor: The New York Community Trust
  • Inscription: 1) Plaque: LANDMARKS OF NEW YORK / THE ARSENAL / THIS BUILDING, DESIGNED BY MARTIN E. THOMPSON, / WAS CONSTRUCTED BY THE STATE OF NEW YORK AS / AN ARSENAL IN 1848 BEFORE THE ESTABLISHMENT / OF CENTRAL PARK. SINCE IT WAS ACQUIRED BY THE / CITY IN 1857 IT HAS SERVED AT VARIOUS TIMES AS THE / FIRST HOME OF THE AMERICAN MUSEUM OF NATURAL / HISTORY, PARK HEADQUARTERS FOR MANHATTAN AND / RICHMOND, A POLICE STATION AND A WEATHER / OBSERVATORY. IN 1934 IT BECAME THE HEADQUARTERS / OF THE CITY'S UNITED PARK SYSTEM /---/ PLAQUE ERECTED 1958 BY / THE NEW YORK COMMUNITY TRUST /

    2) Medallion: DESIGNATED LANDMARK / NEW YORK CITY / LANDMARKS PRESERVATION COMMISSION / PARKS RECREATION AND CULTURAL AFFAIRS [seal of the City of New York in center] /

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

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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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