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View all monuments in NYC Parks, as well as temporary public art installations on our NYC Public Art Map and Guide.

Seal of the State of New York (aka Excelsior)

  • Location: Under exterior staircase, front entrance, the Arsenal
  • Description: Eagle atop shield on integral plinth between two female figures, each on integral plinth
  • Materials: Cast iron, granite
  • Dimensions: Eagle h 2'10½" x l 3' x w 4"; each figure h 2'3½" x l 11½" x w 4", 58" across (attached to stone)
  • Cast: ca. 1900
  • Dedicated: ca. 1930
  • Inscription: EXCELSIOR

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For more information, please contact Art & Antiquities at (212) 360-8143

Directions to Central Park

Know Before You Go

There are currently 3 service interruptions affecting access within this park.

ParkCentral Park

Beginning June 27, 2018, Central Park will become entirely car-free. The Central Park transverse roads at 97th, 86th, 79th and 65th Streets will remain open to motor vehicles.

Nature CentersBelvedere Castle Visitor Center

Beginning Monday, February 26, Belvedere Castle will be closed for restoration. The castle will reopen to the public in 2019. To reach our Urban Park Rangers at Central Park, please call (212) 360-1444.

ParkCentral Park

Beginning Monday, February 26, Belvedere Castle will be closed for restoration. The surrounding plaza and terrace remain open, but will also close in the coming weeks. The Belvedere will reopen to the public in 2019. For more information on the restoration of Belvedere Castle, please visit Central Park Conservancy's website.

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