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Irving and Estelle Levy Playground Gate map_it

  • Location: Pat Hoffman Friedman Playground, 5th Avenue and 79th Street
  • Sculptor: A. Walter Beretta
  • Architect: John Wilson
  • Description: Two-leaved gate ornamented with animal figures; mounted plaque
  • Materials: Bronze
  • Cast: 1957
  • Dedicated: 1958
  • Donor: Irving and Estelle Levy Foundation
  • Inscription: 1) original plaque: "THIS PLAYGROUND IS THE GIFT / OF THE / IRVING AND ESTELLE LEVY FOUNDATION / IN MEMORY OF IRVING LEVY / 1957"

    2) each replacement plaque, left leaf: "PAT HOFFMAN FRIEDMAN PLAYGROUND / A GIFT OF SAMUEL N. FRIEDMAN / 1990"

    3) each replacement plaque, right leaf: "THIS GATE COMMEMORATES / THE IRVING AND ESTELLE LEVY PLAYGROUND / A GIFT IN MEMORY OF IRVING LEVY IN / 1957"

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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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