Central Park

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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